USC Price School of Public Policy

Letter from the Editors

Aurea Adao Aurea Adao, MPL/MPAS ’11


Welcome to the second edition of the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy Review! Last year’s inaugural publication was a tremendous endeavor of a committee of Master of Health Administration, Master of Public Administration, Master of Planning, Master of Public Policy, and Master of Real Estate Development students, culminating in a collection of articles clearly establishing USC Price’s academic rigor and superior scholarship. This early commitment bespeaks not just the individual interests of our peers but the myriad topics being discussed within USC Price, as well its profoundly productive and collaborative milieu.

It is fair to say that few things remain static for enduring periods of time. Where issues of policy, planning, and development are concerned, flux prevails. One year’s history-making, grassroots presidential election is followed by a likewise grassroots political movement, but with wildly different ideological objectives. A onetime governor returns to Sacramento decades later to grapple with the state’s greatest financial challenges. U.S. markets tumble in a day as a unified expression of concern relating to disparate market conditions all over the globe. There is no denying the impact on political discourse and action of climate change, even if it is to affirm it isn’t real.

Brettany Shannon Brettany Shannon, MPL ‘10

To be sure, many of the contemporary ‘“events’” are full-blown catastrophes and well beyond our control. But perhaps if we assume change to be inevitable, then don’t we also have the opportunity to assume that anything is possible? What does all this mean for leadership? Even if we do see a diminution of government, won’t we still need leadership? How will it be negotiated? What about grassroots leadership? International relations? Networked operations? What indications are there that we might hope for shared, effectual leadership, even among opposing factions? What are, and what do you think will be, the tensions counterpart to democracy, wherein we are all endowed with some form of dominion, at least over self? Can leadership be linked with a notion of personal liberty? In which case, can it be used to take others’ from them? What kind of leaders do we need?

This year’s publication has aimed to provide a forum for the leaders of tomorrow to weigh in on these issues. We believe the results have embodied defining characteristics of dynamic leadership. We were surprised and delighted by the number of group submissions received and are pleased to present both individual and cooperative efforts alike. Critically, the achievements of these scholars and the USC Price Review would not be possible without the insightful leadership and constant support of our faculty advisor, Vice Dean Elizabeth Graddy, Professor and Jeffrey J. Miller Chair in Government, Business, and the Economy. In addition, we are indebted to the remarkable efforts, advocacy, and enthusiasm of Director of Communications, Jan Peterson and Communications Writer, Ben Dimapindan. With the collective championing of these three individuals, we were able to build on the USC Price Review’s inaugural successes and are confident in the future. To wit, this year we engaged new media and social networking to receive submissions by creating an outreach site,, as well as a Facebook page. We hope you enjoy this edition of the USC Price Review and we look forward to yet another year of superior contributions from our colleagues.

Fight on!

Aurea Adao, MPL/MPAS ’11 & Brettany Shannon, MPL ‘10
USC Sol Price School of Public Policy Review