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Neal Milner

Neal Milner is a former political science professor at the University of Hawaii where he taught for 40 years. He is a political analyst for KITV and is a regular contributor to Hawaii Public Radio's "The Conversation." His most recent book is The Gift of Underpants. Opinions are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect Civil Beat's views.
Neal Milner: The Key To Upward Mobility? Well-Off Friends Ludwig Laab/Civil Beat/2021

Neal Milner: The Key To Upward Mobility? Well-Off Friends

The American Dream is slipping away for many people, but there’s opportunity in socioeconomic mixing.

Neal Milner: Hawaii Needs Inspired Public Workers, Not Bureaucrats Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Neal Milner: Hawaii Needs Inspired Public Workers, Not Bureaucrats

Reform efforts need to include strategies that recognize troubles with bureaucracies but then deal with them in more effective ways.

Neal Milner: Elections Are Important, But They’re Just A Start Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

Neal Milner: Elections Are Important, But They’re Just A Start

Ultimately the public good does not depend on who gets elected. It depends on what we get from government.

Neal Milner: Another Example Of The State Health Department’s Flawed Response To The Pandemic Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Neal Milner: Another Example Of The State Health Department’s Flawed Response To The Pandemic

Setbacks in the plan to monitor wastewater for Covid-19 show that it’s still business as usual at the DOH.

Neal Milner: Hawaii Republicans Just Keep Trying Despite The Long Odds Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Neal Milner: Hawaii Republicans Just Keep Trying Despite The Long Odds

The party continues to struggle to find political ground that appeals to enough residents to get elected.

Neal Milner: Can Hawaii Remain A 1980s Oasis In A Modern Political World? Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Neal Milner: Can Hawaii Remain A 1980s Oasis In A Modern Political World?

Election night coverage is ho hum because Hawaii’s politics are ho hum.

Neal Milner: Debates Are Rarely Game-Changers. Why Do We Still Have Them? Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat/2022

Neal Milner: Debates Are Rarely Game-Changers. Why Do We Still Have Them?

Political debates may be highly visible, but they are typically a tiny and less important part of the overall campaign.

Neal Milner: Old Brains Can Have New Memories. They Just Shouldn’t Talk So Much Getty Images/iStock

Neal Milner: Old Brains Can Have New Memories. They Just Shouldn’t Talk So Much

Science tells us the brain process isn’t really a march forward. It’s more of a strategic meandering.

Neal Milner: The Ways Governments Disempower People And How They Resist Ku‘u Kauanoe/Civil Beat/2022

Neal Milner: The Ways Governments Disempower People And How They Resist

Three stories show the range of tactics that those in power use to silence critics and those they prefer to ignore. But there are forums for fighting back.