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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.  The Truman School’s announcement is here.

Lee Lecture at Oxford: Four Crises of Democracy

Screen Shot 2014-12-26 at 4.49.36 PMI’ll be delivering the Lee Lecture at All Souls College, Oxford, on February 26, 2015.  Download the details from All Souls College.  The title of my lecture will be Four Crises of Democracy.  The paper is now available on SSRN (Revised on January 6).  The Lecture is supported by Dr. Seng Tee Lee FBA through an endowment for an annual lecture in Political Science and Government.

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Bookforum mentions “Four Crises of Democracy”

Screen Shot 2015-01-24 at 6.53.50 AMBookforum mentions my “Four Crises of Democracy” paper in a round-up of recent works on the state of democracy.

IMF blog reviews “Politics of Fiscal Squeeze”

when the party is over revised red orange final revision.inddAn IMF blog features a review of “The Politics of Fiscal Squeeze,” an edited volume that includes my chapter on the United States’ financial difficulties in 1837-1848.

End of Protest now $1.99 on Amazon, intro on Medium

Screen Shot 2015-01-19 at 6.45.40 AMThe introduction to The End of Protest can now be read on MediumCornell University Press has reduced the price on Amazon to $1.99.

New paper: why the nation-state is not dead yet

I’ve just posted a short paper on SSRN, “The Nation-State: Not Dead Yet.”  It marks twenty years since the publication of several influential books (by Kenichi Ohmae, Jean-Marie Guéhenno, and Susan Strange) that predicted the end of the nation-state.

Talk at Lee Kuan Yew School on March 9

logo-lkyI’ll be giving 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.

Charles Dickens and America’s First Great Depression

Screen Shot 2014-12-20 at 5.40.27 PMThe Boston Globe discusses America’s First Great Depression as part of its story about Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

Open secrets and dirty hands

In light of the just-released report on CIA torture, this 2012 book chapter, “Open Secrets and Dirty Hands,” might be of interest. “Complaints about secretiveness were commonplace throughout the presidency of George W. Bush. Such complaints overestimated the capacity of a contemporary President to maintain secrecy. Moreover, they overlooked the reality that information about the worst abuses of the Bush administration was generally accessible to the public. We professed ignorance about governmental kidnapping, indefinite detention, and prisoner abuse, even though details about such practices were readily available.” Read on SSRN.

Sarat-Douglas-Umphreys0314This chapter was published in The Secrets of  Law (Stanford University Press, 2012).  Kevin Wagner reviewed the book for Law and Politics Book Review in March 2014.  “Alasdair Roberts’ ‘Open Secrets and Dirty Hands’ is an excellent look back at the secrecy conflict during the Bush Administration. He effectively presents the idea of a willing ignorance as a complicit element of perceived government secrecy.” Read the review.

Meeting of Administrative Conference of United States

Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 5.26.45 AMI’ll be attending the plenary session of the Administrative Conference of the United States in Washington on December 4-5, as one of ACUS’ public members.  Details about the 61st plenary session.


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