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Biographical note

Starting in September 2017, Alasdair Roberts is the Director of the School of Public Policy at University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  He is also a professor of political science.

Professor Roberts writes extensively on problems of governance, law and public policy.  His next book, Can Government Do Anything Right?, will be published by Polity Books in January 2018.  His last book, Four Crises of American Democracy, was published by Oxford University Press in 2017.  His other books are: The End of Protest: How Free-Market Capitalism Learned to Control Dissent, (Cornell University Press, 2013); America’s First Great Depression (Cornell University Press, 2012);  The Logic of Discipline: Global Capitalism and the Architecture of Government (Oxford University Press, 2010), which received an honorable mention from the Best Book award committee of the American Society of Public Administration’s Section on Public Administration Research; and The Collapse of Fortress Bush: The Crisis of Authority in American Government (New York University Press, 2008).

Blacked Out: Government Secrecy in the Information Age, published by Cambridge University Press in 2006, received the Brownlow Book Award from the US National Academy of Public Administration, and three other academic book awards.  Professor Roberts has also won several awards for his journal articles.

Professor Roberts was elected as a Fellow of the US National Academy of Public Administration in 2007.  From 2009 to 2017, he was co-editor of the journal Governance.  He serves on the editorial boards of several other journals in the field of public administration.

Professor Roberts was a member of the public administration faculty of Queen’s University in Canada from 1990 to 2001, and of the Maxwell School at Syracuse University from 2001 to 2008. He was the Jerome L. Rappaport Professor of Law and Public Policy at Suffolk University from 2008 to 2014, and a professor of public affairs, political science, and law at the the University of Missouri from 2015 to 2017.

Professor Roberts received a JD from the University of Toronto in 1984, a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University in 1986, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University in 1994.

His web address is www.aroberts.us.

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