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Strategies for Governing receives ASPA SPAR book award

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.

ACRL’s Choice recommends Strategies for Governing

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.”

Other comments on the book hereOrder on Amazon | Excerpt here.

GovExec podcast on effects of 9/11

I contributed to a podcast from GovExec.org on the long-term effects of the 9/11 attacks on American government. Listen to the podcast here.

Joining CAPPA accreditation board

I will serve as a member of the accreditation board of the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration starting in January 2022.

Review of “Strategies for Governing” in TPA

Teaching Public Administration has published a review by Jim Perry of my book Strategies for Governing (Cornell University Press). Perry says: “This is a thought-provoking book, one that deserves the attention of everyone in the field of public administration. It comes at an important time, early in what Roberts calls a ‘dangerous century’ and others have termed an ‘era of estrangement.’ I hope the ideas in the book help change the way we think about public administration, re-establishing a macro approach to complement the current dominance of the public management approach.” Read the review.

Address to Tillotoma conference

I’ll give a special address to the Tillotoma Foundation Conference on International Politics and Asian Studies on July 28, 2021. More details about the Foundation here. Powerpoint here.

PSQ review of “Strategies for Governing”

Political Science Quarterly has published a review by Iuliia Shybalkina of Strategies for Governing. Shybalkina writes: “The argument’s timeliness is uncanny . . . Roberts’ book is a real bottomless well of research ideas ready to be pursued by scholars, especially junior ones. The book would also be useful for directors of graduate programs in PA interested in equipping students with the mindset and tools to address the big picture.” Read the full review.

Article on India’s planning commission and NITI Aayog

My short article on the demise of India’s planning commission and its replacement with NITI Aayog is now forthcoming in Public Administration Review. Access the article here.

Comment on government secrecy

The Canadian Institute for Information and Privacy Studies has reposted my column, “A complex battle over openness.” Access here.

Panelist for CAPPA/CSPS conference

On May 18, I’ll participate in the opening plenary for the Future of Public Sector Management conference, organized by the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration and the Canadian School for Public Service. Program here.

Joint runner-up, Riccucci-O’Leary Award

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.

ASPA book talk on Indian public policy

On May 12, I will be the discussant in an ASPA book talk about Democracy and Public Policy in the Post-COVID-19 World: Choices and Outcomes, edited by Rumki Basu (Jamia Millia University, India). Details about the book talk here.