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Lee Lecture at All Souls College, Oxford

I’ll be delivering the Lee Lecture at All Souls College, Oxford, on February 26, 2015.  The Lecture is supported by Dr. Seng Tee Lee FBA through an endowment for an annual lecture in Political Science and Government.  The 2014 Lee Lecture was delivered by Professor Nancy Rosenblum of Harvard University.

Review of “Tocqueville’s Nightmare: The Administrative State Emerges in America, 1900-1940″

I’ve just finished a review of “Tocqueville’s Nightmare: The Administrative State Emerges in America, 1900-1940,” by Daniel Ernst.  The review is forthcoming in Public Administration ReviewRead the review.

Paper on fiscal rules for Maurer School symposium

Screen Shot 2014-07-09 at 11.45.49 AMI’ve just finished a paper, No Simple Fix: Fiscal Rules and the Politics of Austerity, that I will present at the annual symposium of the Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies in September.  The symposium will be held at the Indiana Maurer School of Law.  More about the journal.

Keynote address at international seminar in Mexico City

I’ll be delivering 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 slow death of the overload thesis

I’ve just finished a review of The Fourth Revolution by John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge.  “The main effect of The Fourth Revolution is to show how stale the conservative rhetoric about reform has become.”  The draft is on SSRN.

Interview about End of Protest with Up Close

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAUp Close, produced by University of Melbourne, has just posted an interview about my 2013 book The End of ProtestListen to the interview here.  Photo right: Interviewer Lynne Haultain and producer Eric van Bemmel.

Large Forces monograph updated

Large_Forces_Cover_for_KindleI’ve made some final adjustments to my Large Forces monograph.  Get it here or on my SSRN page.

Interviews on Radio New Zealand, Australia’s Radio National

Screen Shot 2014-05-23 at 4.53.19 AMScreen Shot 2014-05-23 at 4.54.08 AMI spoke with Radio New Zealand’s Wallace Chapman on May 25 about government secrecy.  The interview was broadcast on RNZ’s Sunday Morning program.  Listen to the interview on the web.  Australia’s ABC Radio National also broadcast my interview with Jonathan Green on May 25.  The interview, about The End of Protest, was part of Radio National’s Sunday Extra program.  Listen to the interview on the web.

Forthcoming talks in May & June

May 14:
Technocrats or Populists: Who gained influence during the global financial crisis?
Victoria University of Wellington

Meeting with Hon. Bill English, New Zealand's Minister of Finance, May 13

Meeting with Hon. Bill English, New Zealand’s Minister of Finance, May 13

May 16:
Keeping Government Secrets in the Information Age
Australia-New Zealand School of Government, Wellington

May 20:
Governance discussion: How should public policy studies change in the Asian Century?
Melbourne School of Government

May 21:
Keeping Government Secrets in the Information Age
Australia-New Zealand School of Government, Melbourne

May 21:
The End of Protest
Melbourne Social Equity Institute

Lecture at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, May 27

Lecture at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, May 27

May 23:
Keeping Government Secrets in the Information Age
University of Tasmania Law School on May 23

May 27:
Keeping Government Secrets in the Information Age
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore

Talk to the LKY Doctoral Conference on Asian public policy issues.  Read the summary of the conference and my comments here.

Logic of Discipline discussed in The Nation

Screen Shot 2014-05-18 at 5.54.43 AMIn the June 2 issue of The Nation, Thomas Meaney and Yascha Mounk write an essay on the state of democracy that discusses The Logic of Discipline and several other books.  “There are three principal reasons for democracy’s deepening crisis of legitimacy,” write Meaney and Mounk. “The first is rooted in what Alasdair Roberts has called the ‘logic of discipline,’ which refers to the strictures that the draftsmen of global capitalism introduced into the blueprints of national governments during the past three decades.”  Read the essay.

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