The current issue of Policy & Politics provides a special collection of papers on depoliticization, governance and the state edited by Matthew Flinders and Matt Wood. In the final paper, Colin Hay of Sciences Po discusses The Logic of Discipline in the context of the recent financial crisis. “Yes, there has been a widely acknowledged crisis,” says Hay. “But, as the contributions in this collection all make clear, the tendency in the wake of the crisis has been to reaffirm and further consolidate a ‘logic of discipline’ over a logic of public accountability and/or democratic choice.” Free access to Hay’s article: Depoliticisation as process, governance as practice.
I’ll be giving a presentation on my Large Forces monograph at the research conference of the International Research Society for Public Management in Ottawa on April 11.
Two commentaries written by students in my Law and Public Policy class have proved to be newsworthy. As this story explains, Governor Deval Patrick has just signed legislation that was discussed by Erica Mattison, JD ’13 in a commentary published in Rappaport Briefing last year. And as this story explains, Governor Patrick has also approved regulations that would ban the shackling of inmates in labor, a practice discussed by Hilary Detmold JD ’12 in a 2012 commentary for Rappaport Briefing. The commentaries can be read here.
Edwin Winkler of Columbia University’s Weatherhead East Asian Institute has written an analysis of America’s First Great Depression for China’s Caixin website. Winkler says that the book “may foreshadow some future aspects of American politics and USA-PRC relations.” Read the article.
WikiLeaks: The Illusion of Transparency, originally published in March 2012, has now completed two years on the “most-read articles” list for International Review of Administrative Sciences. Read the article.
I’ll be giving a presentation about my Large Forces monograph at the Department of Public Administration, Florida International University on Monday March 31. The Powerpoint for the presentation can be downloaded here.
I’ll be giving a talk at the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies, University of Victoria in Wellington NZ on May 14: Technocrats or Populists: Who gained influence during the global financial crisis? Details here.
In 1993, Prime Minister Kim Campbell (right) launched a reorganization exercise that was promoted as “the most significant downsizing and restructuring of government ever undertaken in Canada.” A federal agency, the Canadian Centre for Management Development, contracted with ten academics to conduct a study of the restructuring. (I wrote the report that examined the merger of two departments, Public Works and Supply and Services.) The overall study was completed, prepared for publication — and then shelved. Nine of the studies have now been posted online by the University of Victoria. (The tenth study is still unavailable: “There was difficulty in securing the necessary approvals for its release under the current publication guidelines of the Government of Canada.”) Several of the authors will meet to discuss the project in Ottawa on March 12. The author of the lead chapter, Peter Aucoin of Dalhousie University, passed away in 2011. The Canadian Centre for Management Development is now the Canadian School for Public Service.