Comment from Donald Kettl of the LBJ School of Public Affairs on Strategies for Governing, forthcoming from Cornell University Press in December 2019: “Alasdair Roberts is one of the most thoughtful scholars working in public administration today, and Strategies for Governing is an important and challenging book. It will be an instant classic—a must-read for established researchers and budding scholars.”
And from Mary Guy of the University of Colorado-Denver: “Just in time, Alasdair Roberts makes a provocative argument urging public administration to return to basics! Strategies for Governing rediscovers the field’s roots and describes a conceptual and practical route back to relevance in public life.”
I’ll visit the School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Arizona on October 14 to talk to the doctoral seminar on the history of organizational thought. I’ll talk about my recent articles “Shaking hands with Hitler” and “Bearing the White Man’s Burden.”
I’ll give a presentation at the 2019 Northeast Conference on Public Administration on my working paper: “Should we defend the administrative state?” The paper is available on SSRN. The Powerpoint for the presentation is here. Details about the conference, to be held in Brooklyn on November 8-10, are here. Below: excerpt from the Chicago Sun-Times, October 1948.
I will present my paper, “Bridging Levels of Public Administration: How Macro Shapes Meso and Micro” at the Public Management Research Conference on June 12. Paper is here. PDF of Powerpoint is here. The conference program is here.
I will co-chair a panel on administrative traditions in public administration research at International Conference on Public Policy (ICPP4) in Montreal on June 27. Details about the panel here.
I will participate in the closing plenary panel at the annual conference of the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration (CAPPA) in Montreal on May 24. The topic: “Public Administration Scholarship in Canada: From an uncomfortable conversation to a productive strategic dialogue.” The conference program is here. My own contribution will be based on this comment written for Canadian Public Administration last year.
Public Administration Review has just published a review of Can Government Do Anything Right? The review by Alfred T.-K. Ho also looks at Can Government Earn Our Trust? by Donald Kettl. Ho says the books are “timely, well organized, and highly accessible . . . Both deserve much attention in our field and have set the stage for more future dialogue and a much-needed rethinking of democratic governance in the twenty-first century.” Read the review.