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Article in PPMG: Reviving the classical approach to PA

Screen Shot 2017-09-27 at 5.17.31 PMMy article “The Aims of Public Administration: Reviving the Classical View” has just been published in Perspectives on Public Management and Governance.  Free access here.

Talk at Rutgers transparency conference

I gave opening remarks at the Transparency Research Workshop hosted by the Institute on Transparency and Governance in the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University Newark on September 22.

Address to International Conference of Information Commissioners

DKKDd-0WAAM6x8AI gave the keynote speech to the International Conference of Information Commissioners in Manchester, UK on September 20, 2017. The title was “Defending the open society.”  Text for the talk available here.  The meeting was hosted by the UK Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, and the Scottish Information Commissioner, Rosemary Agnew.  More information about the conference here.

Fiorina, Medvic, Flinders comment on “Can Government Do Anything Right?”

cgdar_sm-borderComments on Can Government Do Anything Right?, forthcoming from Polity Books in January 2018:

“This contrarian work is a welcome corrective to the doom and gloom commentary that is so common today.  Not only that, it’s a good read as well.  It will get an intensive workout in college seminars.” — Morris P. Fiorina, Stanford University

“Governing, particularly in democracies, is difficult and often frustrating work. In this vital new book, Alasdair Roberts explains why by identifying the multiple constraints imposed on political leaders. More importantly, he makes a convincing case that, over time, Western governments have successfully adapted to these constraints and have been largely effective at addressing the challenges they face. At a time when so many citizens are disenchanted with their governments, the argument in this book deserves a wide audience.” — Stephen K. Medvic, Franklin & Marshall College

“In a world dominated by narratives of democratic crisis and decline Alasdair Roberts reveals the innate complexities of modern governance and political statecraft. In a book that is as clear and accessible as it is intellectually thoughtful and provocative, Roberts offers a positive and optimistic account of contemporary politics. It offers an energising breadth of fresh air in what is otherwise a fairly gloomy scholarly space.”  — Matthew Flinders, University of Sheffield, President of the Political Studies Association of the United Kingdom.

Start of a new academic year at SPP

SPP Welcome Lunch 2017 copyThe faculty and staff of the UMass Amherst School of Public Policy welcomed new and returning students back to campus today!

Preface for “Statecrafting” book

The draft preface for my book Statecrafting: A New Approach to Public Administration can be read here.  The book is under contract with Cornell University Press.

Quoted in Boston Globe article

Screen Shot 2017-07-15 at 9.54.47 PM.pngI’m quoted in a July 15 article in the Boston Globe about the condition of states in the Middle East.  Read the article.  Author Thanassis Cambansis also draws on my 2015 article in The Wilson Quarterly on the persistence of the nation-state.

Review of “Four Crises” on LSE blog

On London School of Economics’ Politics & Policy blog, Matthew Flinders reviews Four Crises of American Democracy.  Flinders writes: “This is a brilliant book and a much-needed antidote to ‘the politics of pessimism’ that swirls around so much scholarly writing and media messaging.”  Read the review.

Column about ‘first 100 days’ on OUP blog

My column “Let’s end the first hundred days” has been posted on the Oxford University Press blog.  Read the column.

Review of “Four Crises” in Public Integrity

mpin20.v019.i02.coverPublic Integrity has published a review of Four Crises of American Democracy by Peter Federman of the University of Kansas.  Read the review.  “To merely say this book is prescient would be doing a disservice to the text; its relevance and accuracy in describing our national climate is almost unnerving,” Federman writes.  “This is a book for citizens who care about democracy and find beauty and excitement in the fragility of this ‘great experiment.'”