I’m honored to receive the 2014 Grace-Pépin Access to Information Award. Read the news release from the Office of Canada’s Information Commissioner. The Grace-Pépin Access to Information Award is presented annually to an individual or organization in recognition of outstanding dedication towards advancing the principles of access to information across Canada. It was named in recognition of the contributions of John Grace, former Information Commissioner of Canada, and Marcel Pépin, President and founder of the Commission d’accès à l’information du Québec. Suzanne Legault, Information Commissioner of Canada, presented the award on October 30 during the Annual Access to Information and Privacy Law Symposium organized by the Canadian Bar Association.
In the American Behavioral Scientist, Takis S. Pappas and Eoin O’Malley reference The End of Protest in their comparison of social unrest in Ireland and Greece following the financial crisis of 2008. Read the article. Pappas and O’Malley conclude that “the most compelling explanation relates to the varying ability of the Greek and Irish states to continue providing basic public goods and other state-related services to their respective societies.”
I delivered a keynote address at the Accountability Network’s international seminar on the design of public policies for accountability and corruption control in Mexico City on October 21, 2014. The working text for my address can be downloaded from SSRN. The full text has also been published by Freedominfo.org. Feedback is appreciated. Here is an October 17 article in Processo magazine about the conference.
I’ll be giving talks at the Center for Economic Research and Teaching (CIDE) on October 22-23, as part of their fortieth anniversary celebrations. My October 22 talk at CIDE is titled “Democracy in Crisis?” I’ll draw on recent writing including book reviews and my comment on Francis Fukuyama’s article in Foreign Affairs. See also my recent oped in the Winnipeg Free Press.
I”ve published an oped in the Winnipeg Free Press on the pushback against governmental openness. “Six years have passed since the financial collapse of 2008. We liberated global financial markets to rule themselves, and they let us down. Now we are witnessing one of the perverse results of this collapse: a boom in complaints about the weaknesses of democracy, and the dangers of too much governmental openness.” Read the oped in the Winnipeg Free Press. The oped has also been republished by freedominfo.org.
I’ll be giving a lecture on government openess next week in Mexico City, at the Accountability Network’s international seminar on accountability and corruption control. The working text for my address can be downloaded from SSRN.
When The Party’s Over: The Politics of Fiscal Squeeze in Perspective, has just been published by Oxford University Press. The volume is edited by Christopher Hood, David Heald, and Rozana Himaz. I’ve contributed a chapter, “Managing Fiscal Squeeze After the United States’ Panic of 1837.” Read the British Academy news release.
I just completed an interview with Peter Onuf of the University of Virginia for Public Radio’s BackStory, on the development of policing in the United States. The interview drew on work from America’s First Great Depression and The End of Protest. Listen to BackStory’s show on policing in America, which aired on September 20. My interview begins at the fifteen minute mark. There’s also a segment-by-segment breakdown of the show here (Segment B of show).