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Chapter in volume on “politics of fiscal squeeze”

Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 2.10.56 PMWhen The Party’s Over: The Politics of Fiscal Squeeze in Perspective, will shortly be published by Oxford University Press.  The volume is edited by Christopher Hood, David Heald, and Rozana Himaz.  I’ve contributed a chapter, “Managing Fiscal Squeeze After the United States’ Panic of 1837.”

Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 9.13.10 AMI’m pleased to be serving on the Advisory Committee for the Fourth Global Conference on Transparency Research to be held at the Universita della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Switzerland, June 4-6, 2015.  Details here.

Interview for Public Radio’s BackStory

Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 2.21.07 PMI just completed an interview with Peter Onuf of the University of Virginia for Public Radio’s BackStory, on the development of policing in the United States.  The interview drew on work from America’s First Great Depression and The End of Protest.   BackStory’s show on this topic will air on Friday.

Talk at Brown University’s Taubman Center

Screen Shot 2014-09-12 at 6.33.28 AMOn October 16, I’ll be giving a talk based on my book The Logic of Discipline at Brown University’s Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions.  Details here.

AFGD to be published in Chinese

WSJ_AFGD_coverSDX Publishing has signed an agreement with Cornell University Press to publish a Chinese translation of America’s First Great Depression in April 2015.

Paper on fiscal rules for Maurer School symposium

Screen Shot 2014-07-09 at 11.45.49 AMI’ll be presenting this paper, No Simple Fix: Fiscal Rules and the Politics of Austerity, at the annual symposium of the Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies on September 11.  The symposium will be held at the Indiana Maurer School of Law.  More about the journal.

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.

America in decay: Is Fukuyama right?

SO14_Cover_212One of the odd consequences of the global financial crisis — an instance of massive market failure — has been a boom in literature about the defects of contemporary democracy.  I’ve recently written reviews of several books in this genre.  In the new issue of Foreign Affairs, the distinguished political scientist Francis Fukuyama joins in the fray.  America, says Fukuyama, is in the process of “political decay.”  Certainly, this is not the best of times for American democracy.  But there are five reasons why we should take Fukuyama’s assessment with a grain of salt. Read more

Talks in Mexico City, October 21-23


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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.  I’ll also be giving talks at the Center for Economic Research and Teaching (CIDE) on October 22-23, as part of their fortieth anniversary celebrations (see right).

n+1 magazine reviews End of Protest and Logic of Discipline

Screen Shot 2014-08-04 at 11.50.49 PMThe Fall 2014 issue of n+1 magazine includes a review essay by Jamie Martin discussing The End of Protest and The Logic of Discipline. “The 2008 crash and its aftermath have amounted, as the legal scholar Alasdair Roberts argues in The End of Protest, to little more than a ‘quiet crisis.'”  Read the review.


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