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ACRL’s Choice recommends Strategies for Governing

In its October 2020 issue, ACRL’s Choice Magazine recommends Strategies for Governing: Reinventing Public Administration for a Dangerous Century (Cornell University Press, 2019).  From the review:  “Is it time for public administration to broaden its vision? Roberts (Univ. of Mass., Amherst) puts forth the provocative argument that the field has narrowed to a public management approach centered on processes within administrative states, and he advocates for public administration to embrace a global perspective and add country-level analysis. Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty.”

Other comments on the book hereOrder on Amazon | Excerpt here.

Article in Wilson Quarterly: The Hundred Day Mistake

I’ve just published an article in Wilson Quarterly, “The Hundred Day Mistake.”  Read it here.  Lede: “Is an FDR-style legislative blitz the best way forward in our present crisis?”  Previous articles in Wilson Quarterly include “The WikiLeaks Illusion” (2010) and “The Nation-State: Not Dead Yet” (2015).

Talk at SNU Graduate School of Public Administration

I will give a talk to graduate students in the Graduate School of Public Administration at Seoul National University on January 7, 2021.  The topic is: “Strategies for governing: The challenge for democracies.”  Powerpoint for the talk here.

Comment in Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration

I’ve written a short comment for Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration, “How to bridge East and West.”  Manuscript here.  Abstract: Today, the field of public administration has two problems that can be fixed with one solution. The first problem is fixation on a limited set of “middle-level” topics in public administration. The second problem is a bias toward scholarship generated within a very small number of Western democracies. We can fix both problems by adopting an approach to scholarship that focuses on the macro-level of public administration — that is, on questions of grand strategy and statebuilding.

Comment on Trump and administrative reform

A short paper that I’ve co-written with Don Moynihan is now forthcoming in Public Administration Review: “Dysfunction by design: Trumpism as administrative doctrine.”  Read the MS hereRead on the PAR website.

Presentation at Copenhagen Business School

On October 29, I spoke with Professor Carsten Greve about “pandemic, paradigm change, and the implications for public management,” as part of his course on “Leading reform” for the Master of Public Governance program at Copenhagen Business School.
Watch the presentation here.

Interview with GovExec Daily

I’ve recorded a short podcast with GovExec Daily about “changing governance models and the pandemic.”  Listen here.

Seminar at Western Washington University

I participated in a conversation with Kyle Harper, author of The Fate of Rome, as part of the Munro Institute seminar at Western Washington University on October 27, 2020.  Watch the seminar here.

Article in Current History

My article, “The pandemic exposes an ailing US governance model,” is published in the November 2020 issue of Current History. Download the article here.

Presentation at NASPAA on “the new normal”

Video of my presentation today for the NASPAA 2020 panel on curriculum for the “new normal” is here. About seven minutes.