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Posts from the ‘Lectures’ Category

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.

Talk at Universidad de los Andes

I’ll speak at the School of Government of the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, February 11-12, 2019.  The title of my talk: “Governing well in a turbulent world.” PDF of Powerpoint here.

Lecture at Leuven Public Governance Institute

I’ll give a talk for students in the MEPP program at the Public Governance Institute at KU Leuven on October 25.  Powerpoint here.

Talk at South Asia Institute

I’ll give a talk at the South Asia Institute of the University of Heidelberg on October 22.  The working title is “India and the age of superstates.”  Abstract: “The world is entering the age of superstates: an era in which the global order will be dominated by states of unprecedented scale and internal complexity.  The US is the vanguard superstate; India and China are rising superstates; and the European Union is an aspiring superstate.  Superstates have features in common with ordinary states, empires, and superpowers, but are distinct in important ways from all of these other political forms.  This presentation will discuss the governance challenges shared by all superstates, but which are presently addressed in radically different ways.  These include the creation of effective systems of leadership; maintenance of internal cohesion; economic regulation; promotion of justice; and management of external demand for resources and markets.” Details about event.  Powerpoint here.

Baden-Württemberg Seminar

I’m looking forward to giving a public lecture as part of the Baden-Württemberg Seminar at the Heidelberg Center for American Studies on October 23, 2018.   The title: “America’s decade of confusion: The political consequences of financial crisis.”  PPT slides here.

Keynote address at Public Administration Theory Network

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I’m looking forward to giving the keynote address at the annual conference of the Public Administration Theory Network in Denver on May 31, 2019.  The paper that goes along with the address, “Trapped in a silicon cage,” has been published by Administrative Theory & Praxis.  More details about the conference here.

Keynote talk at Northeast Conference of Public Administration

I’m looking forward to giving a keynote talk at the 2018 Northeast Conference on Public Administration in Baltimore on November 3. More info here.  The theme for the conference is “Blind spots in public administration.”

The title for my talk: The Biggest Blind Spot of All.  Abstract: “In the United States, the field of public administration began with a bold vision.  The aim was not just to make programs and bureaus work more efficiently.  Rather, the goals were to overhaul the creaking American state and demonstrate to the world that liberal democracy was a viable system of government.  This bold vision has been lost over the last four decades and should be recovered.  Once again, the American state needs renovation – and the world needs proof that democracy works.  We must develop the conceptual tools and confidence to address these ‘macro-level’ questions of public administration.”  Powerpoint here.


Presentation at American University on March 29

DZDQAb3XkAAvtln.jpg-largeI’m looking forward to giving a presentation as part of the spring research seminar series at the AU School of Public Affairs on March 29.  The Powerpoint slides for my presentation are here.  A related paper, forthcoming in Korean Journal of Policy Studies, can be downloaded 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.