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.”
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.
My new commentary, “how to bridge east and west,” is now available (open access) from the Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration.
I’ve written a column for The Conversation, “What those mourning the fragility of American democracy get wrong.” Also in Spanish.
I’ve just published an article in Wilson Quarterly, “The Hundred Day Mistake.” Read it here. Lede: “Is an FDR-style legislative blitz the best way forward in our present crisis?” The article is also referenced in the New York Times. Previous articles in Wilson Quarterly include “The WikiLeaks Illusion” (2010) and “The Nation-State: Not Dead Yet” (2015).