I’m looking forward to giving the keynote address at the annual conference of the Public Administration Theory Network in Denver on May 31, 2019. The paper that goes along with the address, “Trapped in a silicon cage,” has been published by Administrative Theory & Praxis. There is also a short video in which I discuss the article. More details about the conference here.
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. 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.
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 speak at the School of Government of the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, February 11-12, 2019. The title of my talk: “Governing well in a turbulent world.” PDF of Powerpoint here.
Dean Sherry Glied of the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service comments on Can Government Do Anything Right?, published by Polity Books in April 2018: “Alasdair Roberts’ pithy, accessible, and refreshingly non-partisan book offers a pragmatic yet optimistic view of the benefits and future of government. While thoughtfully acknowledging a broad range of complaints about the representativeness and effectiveness of Western democracies, Roberts persuasively counters by pointing out the undeniable progress and accomplishments of these governments. His broad thesis–that democratic institutions work because they adapt to changing circumstances, often in unexpected ways–should provide both hope and inspiration to students and readers who despair about our current situation.” See all comments on this book.
Links to some of my work focusing on the need to develop a new approach to American public administration:
Strategies for Governing, Forthcoming from Cornell University Press, 2019.
It’s a turbulent world. The Conversation and Salon, March 2, 2018.
Grand strategy isn’t grand enough, ForeignPolicy.com, February 20, 2018.
Strategies for Governing: An Approach to Public Management Research for West and East. Korean Journal of Policy Studies, 33.1 (2018).
The aims of public administration: Reviving the classical view. Perspectives on Public Management and Governance, 1.1 (2018).
Lecture. Statecrafting: A new approach to public administration. Presentation to the BK21 Conference organized by the Graduate School of Public Administration of Seoul National University in New York City on Saturday, January 14, 2017.
Why realism is central to public administration. Medium.com, December 26, 2016.
For public administration, fragility is the new reality. Medium.com, October 7, 2016.
Lecture. One world: Building a single body of knowledge for statecraft. Keynote address to 3rd International Conference on Democratic Governance in the Developing World, Washington DC, July 19, 2016.
Public management: A flawed kind of statecraft, in Milward et al. “Is Public Management Neglecting the State?” Governance 29, no. 3 (2016): 1-26.
Large Forces: What’s Missing in Public Administration. CreateSpace: October 2013.
What’s wrong with the intellectual history of Public Administration, Public Voices, 11.2 (2010), pp. 10-14.
The path not taken: Leonard White and the macrodynamics of administrative development. Public Administration Review, 69.4 (July/August 2009): 764-775.