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Book chapter: How American democracy learns from crisis

Screen Shot 2015-06-15 at 9.29.51 PMI’ve just published a chapter in a new report from the ISEPR Foundation that was published this month to mark the fortieth anniversary of the Trilateral Commission’s 1975 report, The Crisis of Democracy.  “The conclusion that democratic systems are intrinsically unstable is not justified. . . [M]oments of crisis are only one part of a larger process by which democracies learn and adapt to new challenges.”  Download in English and Russian.

Wilson Quarterly publishes article on the survival of the nation-state

Screen Shot 2015-06-01 at 3.54.49 PMMy article “The nation-state: Not dead yet” has just been published by Wilson Quarterly.  A version of this article was also published in French in Perspectives Libres in April.

Presentation at Global Transparency Research Conference

Screen Shot 2015-05-31 at 8.20.54 PMI’ll be presenting my paper, “Too much transparency?  How critics of openness misunderstand administrative development,” at the Fourth Global Conference on Transparency Research in Lugano on June 4-6.

Joining faculty at Truman School of Public Affairs

Screen Shot 2015-01-30 at 1.24.16 PMI’m pleased to be joining the faculty of the Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri next Fall, as a Professor of Public Affairs, Law, and Political Science.  The Truman School’s announcement is here.

Short paper on promoting fiscal openness

Screen Shot 2015-05-21 at 10.29.22 AMThe Global Initiative For Fiscal Transparency has posted my short paper on promoting fiscal openness.  “To some extent we are seeking to achieve the benefits of democratization in the realm of fiscal policy, without risking the policy instability that has historically been associated with democratic processes.” Get the paper.

Article in current issue of Perspectives Libres

11148540_10155452575735032_2252272792869796831_oA translation of my article “The nation-state: Not dead yet” has just been published in Perspectives libres No. 13 (April 2015).  Details here.

“Four Crises of Democracy” under contract with Oxford University Press

Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 7.29.23 AMMy book project currently titled “Four Crises of Democracy” is now under contract with Oxford University Press.  Learn more about the project here.

Governance publishes review of End of Protest

Governance has just published a review of The End of Protest.  Sina Odugbemi says the book is “a good read, bracing and forthright . . . The prevailing myth of the early 21st century is that we are in the age of networked protests, where ordinary citizens empowered by amazing new technological tools can overcome their collective action challenges, launch revolutions, change governments, humble the powerful and create a brave new world. Roberts shows that all that is naive and overly optimistic. At the heart of the text is a policing and law-and-order story of how authorities in the major economies of the West figured out how to contain, manage and immobilize the hordes of networked protesters.”  Read the review.

Review of Logic of Discipline in Historical Materialism

Screen Shot 2015-04-03 at 11.21.05 PMThe journal Historical Materialism has published a review of The Logic of Discipline by Safi Shams.  Link to the review.

Working paper: The myth of institutional rigidity

I’ve just posted a short working paper on SSRN: The myth of institutional rigidity.  Comments would be very much appreciated.  Abstract follows: Read more

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