It is my pleasure to introduce this issue of The Cornell Policy Review. As an interdisciplinary policy journal, we present a wide range of political and policy-related articles. As editors of The Review, we have the opportunity to read, research, and work with a variety of topics across substantive policy areas.
Not only does this experience underscore the multidimensional program of the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs, but engaging in such broad policy dialogue highlights the importance for public administrators to be aware of, and engaged with, the world beyond their immediate purview. There are lessons to be shared across sectors, across disciplines, and across borders.
In this issue, Lila Cardell illuminates some of the competing stakeholder interests surrounding the Farm Bill. Xiomara Chavez-Suarez discusses the incongruous relationship between Mexican policies that seek to limit transmigrants in-coun- try, while being a large contributor of migrants in other countries. Our final ar- ticle, written by Brandon Chiazza, revisits issues surrounding wet land develop- ment, left unresolved by the 2005 Rapanos v. United States Supreme Court case.
Also included is a commentary pieces written by Jonathan Hill. Hill summarizes recent political developments in Cambodia and Myanmar, extrapolating lessons that can be learned between the two cases.
We conclude this issue with an interview with Charlie Meyer, a public manager and performance management professional who most recently served as City Manager for Tempe, Arizona. Mr. Meyer shares his insights into city manage- ment and performance measurement—insights that have implications for local government officials, federal employees, and international workers alike.
I’ve greatly enjoyed my tenure at The Review and am thankful to our editorial staff, editorial board, and the authors who contributed their time and talents. I’d also like to thank everyone who submitted to the journal and shared their work with us. Thanks especially to our outgoing Managing Editor, Dan Nolan, who has been an incredible friend and partner throughout the process.
I hope that you enjoy reading these pieces and might perhaps considering adding your voice to the conversation by submitting a piece of your own. I personally look forward to being a continued reader of The Review.
—Sarah Gardner Evans, MPA 2013, Editor-in-Chief