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Review of “Can Government Do Anything Right?”

cgdar_sm-borderPublic Administration Review has just published a review of Can Government Do Anything Right?  The review by Alfred T.-K. Ho also looks at Can Government Earn Our Trust? by Donald Kettl.  Ho says the books are “timely, well organized, and highly accessible . . . Both deserve much attention in our field and have set the stage for more future dialogue and a much-needed rethinking of democratic governance in the twenty-first century.”  Read the review.

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.

Comment on “Can Government Do Anything Right?”

Dean Sherry Glied of the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service comments on Can Government Do Anything Right?, published by Polity Books in April 2018: “Alasdair Roberts’ pithy, accessible, and refreshingly non-partisan book offers a pragmatic yet optimistic view of the benefits and future of government.  While thoughtfully acknowledging a broad range of complaints about the representativeness and effectiveness of Western democracies, Roberts persuasively counters by pointing out the undeniable progress and accomplishments of these governments.  His broad thesis–that democratic institutions work because they adapt to changing circumstances, often in unexpected ways–should provide both hope and inspiration to students and readers who despair about our current situation.”  See all comments on this book.

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.

Distinguished Visiting Lecture at Suffolk University

I’ll discuss my book Can Government Do Anything Right? as a distinguished visiting lecturer at Suffolk University on April 12.  Details here.  Powerpoint for the talk here.

Talk with UMass alums in Florida

I’ll be talking about my book “Can Government Do Anything Right?” with UMass alums in Naples and Palm Beach FL on March 20 and 21.  Details about the March 20 event here.

Discount on “Can Government Do Anything Right?”

Polity Books is offering a 20% discount on Can Government Do Anything Right?  Download the order form here.  The form can also be used to order examination copies.

Talk at Truman School of Public Affairs on January 25

I’ll be talking about my forthcoming book from Polity Books, Can Government Do Anything Right?, at the Truman School of Public Affairs on January 25.  Details here.  Powerpoint for presentation here.

Excerpt from new Polity book

cgdar_smAn excerpt from my book Can Government Do Anything Right? can be downloaded here.  The book will be published in 2018.  Pre-order on Amazon.