A review of America’s First Great Depression has just been published by Essays in Economic and Business History 31 (2013). “A clear strength of the book,” says Professor John Moore, is that it “addresses the social, political, and diplomatic consequences of the Panic, and successfully points out that each of these areas, in some manner, influenced the others . . . [The book] makes a valuable contribution to nineteenth century economic downturns and their impact upon American society . . . [and] makes a strong case that historical business cycles feature many of the same attributes as modern ones.” Read the review.
My chapter “The rise and fall of discipline: Economic globalization, administrative reform, and the financial crisis” has just been published in Handbook de administração pública (Lisbon: INA Press), edited by César Madureira and Maria Asensio. More details about the book.
Michael Keaney of the Metropolia Business School, Finland reviews The Logic of Discipline in the current issue of Political Studies Review.
I’ll be participating in this conference on the politics of fiscal squeeze at the British Academy on July 9-10. It is convened by Professors Christopher Hood and David Heald.
Daniel Littman, an economist in the Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, reviews America’s First Great Depression in the current issue of Forefront, the Bank’s magazine: “The parallels between pre-industrial America’s 1837 financial crisis and that of our own time are particularly strong. The beauty of Roberts’ book is that the reader can see the entire arc of the crisis, from beginning to end, in a historical context—something that studies of the 2008 event will lack for many years to come. Roberts nicely combines narrative history with analysis. His book is accessible to both the expert and the novice in economic history. Highly recommended.” Read the review.