March 31, 2017

Paul Light Event

President Trump has argued that his slow pace of presidential appointments is deliberate, to underscore his belief that many high-level agency jobs are unnecessary. The NYU Brademas Center welcomed Professor Paul Light to discuss Trump's beliefs about the size of the federal bureaucracy and the consequences of his decision to leave many of these jobs unfilled. Many analysts believe that the presidential leadership hierarchy has been due for streamlining for decades and several presidents have tried to trim the totals with limited success. Prof. Light presented his latest research project entitled: “The Fog of Command: Fact Sheet on the Continued Thickening of Government.”

Brademas Center

Paul Light

Paul Light

Dr. Paul C. Light is NYU Wagner's Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service and founding principal investigator of the Global Center for Public Service, Before joining NYU, Dr. Light served as the Douglas Dillon Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, founding director of its Center for Public Service, and vice president and director of the Governmental Studies Program. He has served previously as director of the Public Policy Program at the Pew Charitable Trusts and associate dean and professor of public affairs at the University of Minnesota's Hubert Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.