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“Strategies for Governing” now available

Strategies for Governing: Reinventing Public Administration for a Dangerous Century was published by Cornell University Press on December 15.  Order on Amazon. There is a 30% discount for orders through the Press: details here.  Comments on the book here.  Excerpt here.

Comments on “Strategies for Governing”

Comment from Donald Kettl of the LBJ School of Public Affairs on Strategies for Governing (Cornell University Press, 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.”

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.”

Evert Lindquist, School of Public Administration, University of Victoria: “Written before the COVID-19 epidemic struck, Alasdair Roberts’ Strategies for Governing is a remarkable book for these disconcerting times. Roberts calls for reinvigoration of public administration research and debate about the overall priorities and structure of our public administration systems, arguing that scholars have focused too much on specific public management challenges over the last thirty years. Like the progenitors of the scholarly field of public administration, he asks us to think about designing macro governing strategies for the grand challenges we will face over the next decade and beyond.”

Richard Callahan, University of San Francisco: “Strategies for Governing engages the readers in the big questions of the practice and study of public administration, breaking new ground in connecting strategy with governance.  Roberts crafts a compelling argument for connecting public administration to its founding values and questions as a way of moving forward in this century.”

Presentation for Australian War College

I’ll give a presentation on strategies for governing to the Defense and Strategic Studies Course at the Australian War College on March 12, 2020.  My slides are here.

Presentation at Jamia Millia Islamia seminar

I will participate in a panel for the International Seminar on Democracy and Public Policy in India on February 27.  The seminar is hosted by the Department of Political Science at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.  My topic is “Governing supersized countries.”  My Powerpoint is here.  Seminar program here.

Talks in Shillong and Jaipur

I gave two talks organized by the Meghalaya Institute of Governance in Shillong on January 9 and 10.  Read a story about the meeting with civil society representatives in the Shillong Times.  I also gave a public lecture at JK Lakshmipat University in Jaipur on January 14: read the story here. Pic right: JKLU Vice Chancellor R.L. Raina.

Talk at Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative

I gave a presentation at the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative in Delhi on January 6.  The topic: “Governing supersized countries: The challenge of the 21st century.”  Slides here.

Talk at Queen’s University

I’ll talk to the POLS110 course at Queen’s University, Introduction  to Politics and Government, on March 20.  The subject will be my 2018 book Can Government Do Anything Right?

Talk to BK21 conference: Should we defend the administrative state?

I’ll give a presentation on my paper, “Should we defend the administrative state?” at the GMU-SNU BK21 2020 Conference in Washington DC on February 6, 2020.  Paper here.  Powerpoint here. The conference is organized by the Graduate School of Public Affairs at Seoul National University and the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University.  Details about the conference here.

Talk at Copenhagen Business School

I’ll give a presentation on strategies for governing at the Copenhagen Business School on March 11, 2020.

Talk at McCormack School conference

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 17, 2020.  The subject of my talk: “Governing supersized countries: The challenge of this century.”  Details about the conference here.

Translation of “America’s First Great Depression”

A Chinese translation of America’s First Great Depression: Economic Crisis and Political Disorder after the Panic of 1837 from Cornell University Press is now available from SDX Publishing.  On Amazon.

Presentation to IAS officers in New York

I spoke with ninety officers of the Indian Administrative Service at Syracuse University’s Lubin House in New York City on November 15.  The subject was strategies for governing in superstates.  PPT here.