I’ll talk to the POLS110 course at Queen’s University, Introduction to Politics and Government, on March 20. The subject will be my 2018 book Can Government Do Anything Right?
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Public 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.
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.
I 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.