The mission of the New England Journal of Public Policy goes hand-in-hand with the mission of UMass Boston: To serve the people, and address the issues of a great urban society through outstanding teaching, research and service. While we address policy issues of all kinds, we tend to focus on issues of an urban society. While we address policy issues internationally and nationally, we pay particular attention to disciplines which can address issues at the state and local level. While we prepare our students for academia, business and the nonprofit world, we have special expertise for practitioners of public policy. And while we approach the discipline of public and global policy with academic rigor and objectivity, we tend to see the issues through the prism of understanding that social and economic inequities are inherent in our system; part of our mission is to develop the tools to evaluate and address those inequities.

Current Issue: Volume 32, Issue 1 (2020) Social Traps and Social Trust: Institutional Transformations in an American City following a Natural Disaster

The lessons of Katrina are the subject of this special issue. The eighteen articles were assembled and overseen by Michael Cowan, the guest editor. Michael founded Common Good, a civil society action network, after Hurricane Katrina. He is Senior Fellow in the Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict and Research Affiliate in the Centre for the Study of Social Cohesion, both in the University of Oxford. He is also a Visiting Research Associate in the Irish School of Ecumenics in Trinity College Dublin.

Front Matter



Editor’s Note
Padraig O’Malley



The Strange Case of the Seven Assessors
Janet Howard and Shaun Rafferty


The New New Orleans
Gregory Rusovich

Back Matter


Padraig O'Malley
Managing Editor
Nancy Riordan
Copy Editor
Debby Smith