Public Integrity has published a review of Four Crises of American Democracy by Peter Federman of the University of Kansas. Read the review. “To merely say this book is prescient would be doing a disservice to the text; its relevance and accuracy in describing our national climate is almost unnerving,” Federman writes. “This is a book for citizens who care about democracy and find beauty and excitement in the fragility of this ‘great experiment.'”
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I gave a talk at the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on March 28. The title was: “Turner’s convergence: Sectionalist governance in the US and Europe.” Listen to the talk and download Powerpoint for the presentation here.
I talked about Four Crises of American Democracy with John Fugelsang on his SiriusXM Insight show, Tell Me Everything, on March 23. Listen to the interview here. Fugelsang says: “The political climate in the 2016 presidential election has only reinforced the perception that we are in a state of crisis. Roberts’ new book is amazing in how well it distills and explains the root causes of the crises facing our democracy and how they might be addressed. It is informative and also compulsively readable.”
On a World Bank blog, Sina Odugbemi discusses Four Crises of American Democracy. Odugbemi says that the book “furnishes us with a way of thinking about what might be wrong with liberal democracy in any specific national context that is as elegant and as thought-provoking as anything that I have encountered recently.” Read the review.
Michael Spicer writes a review of Four Crises of American Democracy, 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 is available 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 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.