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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.


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.”

Large Forces monograph discussed in new book

Large_Forces_Cover_for_KindleIn a new volume from Routledge, Public Administration Evolving, Richard Stillman calls Large Forces: What’s Missing in Public Administration a “challenging polemic” in the fieldMore details about Large Forces here.

European Ombudsman discusses Mexico address

Screen Shot 2015-03-01 at 8.23.53 AMIn a February 25 speech in Dublin, European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly discusses my address to Mexico’s Accountability Network last October as well as earlier work on the effect of Wikileaks.

The fourth crisis of democracy

1*IbGXPVdHCExt_AGIERZRDwI’ve written a short piece on Medium that outlines the argument I’ll be making during the Lee Lecture at University of Oxford on February 26.

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. Read more

ARPA reviews The End of Protest

Screen Shot 2015-02-15 at 12.56.15 PMDennis Phillips writes a review of The End of Protest for the Australian Review of Public AffairsRead the review here.

Six reasons why it’s easier to impose austerity

8215099404_a04165ff10_z copyFollowing the launch of When The Party’s Over in London last week, I thought I would write this short note on Medium: Six Reasons Why It’s Easier To Impose Austerity.  Comments welcomed.


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