I’ll be participating in a NASPAA/APPAM panel on “the evolving relationship between political science and public administration” in Albuquerque, NM on November 6. The panel will be chaired by Steven Rathgeb Smith, APSA Executive Director. More details here. I’ll draw on the argument from my monograph Large Forces: What’s Missing in Public Administration. The core ideas from the monograph are summarized in this oped published in PA Times last spring.
Posts from the ‘Large Forces’ Category
My review of The Great Railroad Revolution by Christian Wolmar has just been published on Early View for Public Administration Review. I focus on the way in which this technological shock shaped American government. “The current fashion is to emphasize the ways in which ideology and institutional inertia constrain the governmental response to such shocks. But Wolmar tells a different story. In the long run, The Great Railroad Revolution suggests, the governmental response to this innovation was pragmatic, hard-headed, and flexible.” A draft of the review is also posted on SSRN.
I will be presenting my Large Forces paper at the IPSA conference in Montreal on July 22. Details on the session. This is one of the sessions organized by IPSA’s Structure and Organization of Government Committee, which is also the academic sponsor of Governance.
It is a sad truth that the field of American public administration does not enjoy the respect among the public that it did two generations ago. This is partly a self-inflicted wound. Scholars in public administration have made choices that have undercut the public’s interest in the work they do. Read more
I’ll be giving a presentation on my Large Forces monograph at the research conference of the International Research Society for Public Management in Ottawa on April 11.
I’ll be giving a presentation about my Large Forces monograph at the Department of Public Administration, Florida International University on Monday March 31. The Powerpoint for the presentation can be downloaded here.
I’ll be discussing my Large Forces paper at the annual conference of the American Society for Public Administration in Washington on Friday, March 14. The panel is “The evolving relationship between political science and public administration.” Program details here. The paper can be obtained here.