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.
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.”
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.
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.
I’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 here. Details about the conference here.
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.