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Conversation on federal spending at Mizzou Law

img_0005I participated in a conversation about the longterm sustainability of federal entitlement programs with Curtis Dubay at Mizzou Law today.  The conversation was sponsored by the Mizzou Law’s chapter of the Federalist Society and moderated by 3L Hannah Mudd.

Harris visits Law and Public Policy class

img_0002Judge Jeff Harris visited with my Law and Public Policy class at Mizzou Law today.  Judge Harris, presently circuit judge of Missouri’s 13th Judicial Circuit, talked to the class about his experience in all three branches of Missouri government.  His visit was hosted by a student team consisting of EC Duckworth, Ariel Kiefer, Cailynn Hayter, and Ellen Henrion.

Review of “Four Crises” in Public Administration Review

PAR_cover Michael Spicer writes a review of Four Crises of American Democracy, forthcoming in Public Administration Review: “Roberts’ thoughtful and elegant defense of democracy is to be welcomed, coming as it does at a time when serious doubts about the capacity of ordinary democratic politics and institutions to address our problems are being voiced, both on the right and left of our political spectrum. It is also a healthy reminder to critics of our system of all ideological hues that the real world alternatives to democratic politics and institutions are not necessarily likely to serve us much better. Moreover, packing as it does a wide range of modern history into less than 200 pages of text, it is a refreshingly accessible read and a much-needed reminder both to social scientists and citizens in general about the importance of paying attention to history and what it can teach us about democracy.”  The review will be published in the May/June issue of Public Administration Review and will be available here.

Address to International Conference of Information Commissioners

I’m looking forward to giving an address to the International Conference of Information Commissioners in Manchester, UK on September 20-21, 2017. The working title is “Defending the open society.” The meeting will be jointly hosted by the UK Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, and the Scottish Information Commissioner, Rosemary Agnew.  More information about the conference here.

Interview with KPFA’s Mitch Jeserich

screen-shot-2017-02-14-at-4-30-31-pmI’ll talk about Four Crises of American Democracy with Mitch Jeserich, host of KPFA’s Letters and Politics, on February 23.  More about Letters and Politics here.

Conversation about “Four Crises” on SiriusXM Insight, March 23

screen-shot-2017-02-14-at-12-54-11-pmI’ll be talking about Four Crises of American Democracy with John Fugelsang on his SiriusXM Insight show, Tell Me Everything, on March 23 at 3pm EST.  More details about the show here.

Review of “Four Crises” on The Complete Review

screen-shot-2017-02-13-at-8-36-13-pmMichael Orthofer reviews Four Crises of American Democracy for The Complete Review:  “Roberts’ overview of American democracy and how it has adapted and changed over the years is both very enjoyable and thought-provoking. . . . Roberts’ book is a reminder both of the enduring (though not unassailable) stability of democracy, and the more basic issues always surrounding it.” Read the review.

Talk about “Four Crises” at Truman Library

img_0104-640x427I enjoyed talking about Four Crises of American Democracy at the Truman Library in Independence MO yesterday.  Slides from the talk here.  Thanks to the Library staff for their hospitality!

Talk for Mizzou Canada Days

screen-shot-2017-02-06-at-7-02-20-pmI’ll give a talk for Mizzou’s Canada Days  (March 6 to 10) on Tuesday, March 7, from noon to 1pm in Memorial Union N206.  The topic: “The Canadian style of governing.”  More details on Canada Days here.

Crumbliss visits Law and Public Policy class

p1300001Adam Crumbliss, Chief Clerk of the Missouri House of Representatives, visited with my Law and Public Policy class at Mizzou Law today.  Adam described his work as Clerk and participated in a conversation about the dynamics of policymaking in state government.  His visit was hosted by a student team consisting of Derek Armer, Jennifer Bennett, Blake Baumberger and Emma Altheide.