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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.

“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.”

Review by Chet Newland, University of Southern California, in the American Review of Public Administration: “Roberts succinctly makes a timely case in favor of large concerns about governing . . . While dealing with currently urgent realities of the field, the analysis makes a contribution to last.”

Talk on “Can Government Do Anything Right?”

Screen Shot 2019-02-02 at 11.41.02 AMI’ll talk about my book Can Government Do Anything Right? in Professor Jon Rose’s class on Contemporary Issues in Politics at Queen’s University on March 25.

Presentation at SNU/ASU conference

I’ll present at the ASU-SNU BK21 International Conference in Phoenix on January 15-16, 2019.  Details about the conference here.  My presentation, tied to my new book project, is titled “Can superstates survive?”.  PPT for the presentation here.

CIDE publishes translation of “Logic of Discipline”


Screen Shot 2019-02-05 at 10.15.09 AMThe Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) has just published La lógica de la disciplina: el capitalismo global y la arquitectura del gobierno.  Preview the book on Google Books.  This is a translation of my 2010 book The Logic of Discipline, with a new introduction by Mauricio Dussauge Laguna.  Kindle version now available on Amazon.

“Strategies for Governing” forthcoming from Cornell University Press

Screen Shot 2018-11-01 at 2.34.38 PMMy next book, presently titled Strategies for Governing: A New Direction for Public Administration, is now forthcoming from Cornell University Press, aiming for December 2019.  A summary of the book is available here.

Discussion of “The Logic of Discipline”

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On the website Le Grand Continent, Lorenzo Castellani discusses my 2010 book The Logic of Discipline.  Read the article.

Interview about “Can Government Do Anything Right?”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI talked on April 11 with Carrie Saldo, host of WGBY’s Connecting Point, about my recent books on the state of democracy, and my current work on strategies for governing.  Video here.

Talk with WBZ’s Nightside

On April 3, I talked with Dan Rea of WBZ’s Nightside about my book Can Government Do Anything Right?  Listen to the interview here.