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Emergency Bylaws Most parliamentary questions are pretty straightforward, based on bylaws and other adopted rules that have a degree of stability, only being changed with proper notice at regularly occurring meetings. Bylaws can vary between containing so much detail...

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Improper Motions When a motion is made, the chair must listen very carefully to the words and determine whether the motion is in order. This process seems very complicated – how can anyone keep track of all those picky rules? But careful listening and following the...

Windows of Collaborative Opportunity: Considerations of Governance

Non-Profit Quarterly By Chris Cornforth, John Paul Hayes and Siv Vangen Given the complexity of many social, environmental, and economic problems facing communities, nonprofit organizations are increasingly collaborating with public authorities. But the power dynamics...

Louisiana Politics Imitates Looney Toons

Bayou Brief (New Orleans, Louisiana) By Sue Lincoln “Mr. Attorney General, you can’t rewrite parliamentary procedure!” – Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne Lately, it appears that state politics is a live-action version of the old Warner Brothers cartoons we...
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