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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.

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.

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

Where Brandeis got “sunlight is the best disinfectant”

A note for Sunshine Week, March 15-21, 2015.  Louis Brandeis is credited with writing that “Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman.”  But why did Brandeis say that sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants?  Because he was referring to a statement by James Bryce in his 1888 book, The American Commonwealth.

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Talk at Lee Kuan Yew School on March 9

IMG_7160I gave a lunchtime talk at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore on March 9.  More details hereFlyer here.  The paper that was the basis of the lecture is available on SSRN.  NUS Professor Rahul Sagar moderated the discussion.

On The Conversation: Hillary Clinton and promises on transparency

Screen Shot 2015-03-06 at 4.18.53 PMI’ve written a column for The Conversation that contrasts Hillary Clinton’s email practices with previous commitments on governmental transparency.  “The issue isn’t just whether Clinton complied with federal law. Over the years, Clinton subscribed to a higher standard on transparency. Her decision to privatize her email communications is not consistent with the strong statements on openness made by the Clinton and Obama administrations, and even her own State Department.”

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