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Strategies for Governing receives ASPA SPAR book award

Strategies for Governing: Reinventing Public Administration for a Dangerous Century has received the 2021 book award from the Section on Public Administration Research of the American Society for Public Administration.  The Committee’s statement: “This book challenges researchers and practitioners in the field to contemplate how we can ‘recover the fundamentals of government,’ and addresses the urgent and fundamental issues we are facing today. The book takes a thoughtful interdisciplinary approach, drawing on public administration history and theory, administrative process development in political science, fragile states research in international relations, and institutional design, presenting an expansive view of the capacities and new directions for public administration as a field of research, teaching, and practice. The nomination letter by ASPA Past President Chester Newland notes this distinctive quality of the book and emphasizes that in light of the ‘currently urgent realities of the field, the analysis is certain to be a lasting contribution.'”  More comments and reviews on the book here.

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.

Comment on government secrecy

The Canadian Institute for Information and Privacy Studies has reposted my column, “A complex battle over openness.” Access here.

Panelist for CAPPA/CSPS conference

On May 18, I’ll participate in the opening plenary for the Future of Public Sector Management conference, organized by the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration and the Canadian School for Public Service. Program here.

Joint runner-up, Riccucci-O’Leary Award

My article “Bearing the White Man’s Burden: American Empire and the Origin of Public Administration” has been selected as joint runner-up for the 2021 Riccucci-O’Leary Award. The award is given annually for the best article on diversity, broadly defined, published in JPART or PPMG. Details here.

ASPA book talk on Indian public policy

On May 12, I will be the discussant in an ASPA book talk about Democracy and Public Policy in the Post-COVID-19 World: Choices and Outcomes, edited by Rumki Basu (Jamia Millia University, India). Details about the book talk here.

ISPP panel on careers in public policy

On May 16, I’ll participate in a panel discussion organized by the Indian School of Public Policy, on careers in public policy. Details here.

Talk with Network Capital

I recently talked with Utkarsh Amitabh, CEO of Network Capital, about the study of public policy. Watch the interview here.

Talk to ICCIBME on May 28

I’ll give a keynote address to the International Conference on Contemporary Issues in Business Management and Economics on May 28. Details about the conference here. The conference is hosted by the Panipat Institute of Engineering and Technology, Haryana. Download the Powerpoint handout here. | Watch a recording of the address here.

Talk at McCormack School conference

Exvo_hhXEAUv4vNI’ll give the keynote address at the Graduate Student Conference on Policy and Global Studies at the  McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, UMass Boston, on April 16, 2021.  The subject of my talk: “Governance and Democracy in Peril.” My Powerpoint slides for the talk are hereDetails about the conference here.

ASPA DSJ discussion on insurrection and consequences

On February 4, I participated in a panel discussion hosted by the ASPA Section on Democracy and Social Justice, about the January 6 insurrection and its consequences.  Watch the discussion here.