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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.

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.

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.

Talk in JKLU policy series

On February 13, I’ll participate in the Global Policy Series organized by the Centre for Policy Studies at JK Lakshmipat University.  Details about the series here.  The Powerpoint slides for my talk are here.

Watch the recorded talk here.

Interview on Wilson Center NOW

I joined Wilson Center NOW to discuss my Wilson Quarterly article, “The Hundred Day Mistake.”  Watch the interview here.

New commentary: How to bridge east and west

My new commentary, “how to bridge east and west,” is now available (open access) from the Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration.

 

Assessing the state of American democracy

I’ve written a column for The Conversation, “What those mourning the fragility of American democracy get wrong.”  Also in Spanish.

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?”  The article is also referenced in the New York TimesPrevious articles in Wilson Quarterly include “The WikiLeaks Illusion” (2010) and “The Nation-State: Not Dead Yet” (2015).