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University lecturer and writer. Assistant Secretary and as Counselor to the Secretary of Labor in Clinton Administration
Biographical details:

John D. Donahue is the Raymond Vernon Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he has taught since 1987. His teaching, writing, and research deal with public sector reform and with the distribution of public responsibilities across levels of government and sectors of the economy. He has written or edited nine books, including Disunited States (1997) and The Privatization Decision (1989, with four translations 1990-92) and most recently For the People: Can We Fix Public Service? (2003; co-edited with Joseph Nye, Jr.). From 2000 to 2003 he directed the Visions of Governance in the 21st Century research project, and is faculty chair of the Health Care Delivery Policy Program and co-chair and director of the Weil Program on Collaborative Governance. Donahue served in the first Clinton Administration as an Assistant Secretary and as Counselor to the Secretary of Labor. He has been a consultant to public and private organizations including the World Bank, the National Economic Council, and the RAND Corporation, and also serves as an advisor or trustee for several non-profits and as the book review editor of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. A native of Indiana, he holds a B.A. from Indiana University and an M.P.P. and Ph.D. from Harvard.

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