Michael Spicer writes a review of Four Crises of American Democracy, forthcoming in Public Administration Review: “Roberts’ thoughtful and elegant defense of democracy is to be welcomed, coming as it does at a time when serious doubts about the capacity of ordinary democratic politics and institutions to address our problems are being voiced, both on the right and left of our political spectrum. It is also a healthy reminder to critics of our system of all ideological hues that the real world alternatives to democratic politics and institutions are not necessarily likely to serve us much better. Moreover, packing as it does a wide range of modern history into less than 200 pages of text, it is a refreshingly accessible read and a much-needed reminder both to social scientists and citizens in general about the importance of paying attention to history and what it can teach us about democracy.” The review will be published in the May/June issue of Public Administration Review and will be available here.
Posts from the ‘Four crises of democracy’ Category
I’ll be talking about Four Crises of American Democracy with John Fugelsang on his SiriusXM Insight show, Tell Me Everything, on March 23 at 3pm EST. More details about the show here.
Michael Orthofer reviews Four Crises of American Democracy for The Complete Review: “Roberts’ overview of American democracy and how it has adapted and changed over the years is both very enjoyable and thought-provoking. . . . Roberts’ book is a reminder both of the enduring (though not unassailable) stability of democracy, and the more basic issues always surrounding it.” Read the review.
I’ll give a talk at the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on March 28. Details here. I’ll talk about challenges to democracy in the United States and Europe. The title is: “Democracy in crisis — or politics as usual?” Description:
On both sides of the Atlantic, commentators suggest that democracy is in crisis. Some even say that we are witnessing the decline of the West or the end of the liberal world order. Are these commentators right — and if so, what is the cause of democracy’s decline? Or are they entirely wrong? Perhaps we are just witnessing a return to “politics as usual” after a period of unusual calm in the life of leading Western states.
I gave two talks at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs on December 6 and 7. My first talk was about Four Crises of American Democracy, at the Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership at 4:30pm on December 6. Details here | Watch this talk on YouTube. On December 7, I talked about “A new approach to Public Administration.” The December 7 talk drew on this paper.