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Bourgon Visiting Scholar at Canada School of Public Service

I look forward to serving as the second Jocelyne Bourgon Visiting Scholar at the Canada School of Public Service in 2022-2023. Story here.

Review of “Strategies for Governing”

Richard Huff reviews Strategies for Governing in the Journal of Political and Military Sociology: “Roberts succeeds in setting forth his charge for public administration to deemphasize the technical, efficiency-driven, myopic view of theory and practice and to urgently take on a new, bold view to meet the dangers facing us in this new century. . . . This brief, clearly written book is a must read for academics and an essential addition to the required reading for public administration graduate students. Overall, it makes an important contribution to understanding the significance of a much-needed shift toward a macro-level analysis and the renewal of the state as we hurtle into the face of powerful change.”

Human Rights Day statement

Thirteen sections of the American Society for Public Administration, as well as the Public Administration Theory Network (PAT-Net), have endorsed a statement for Human Rights Day, which is December 10, 2021. It says in part: “As scholars and practitioners working in the field of public administration, we mark this day by reaffirming our commitment to human rights and fundamental democratic freedoms.” Read the full statement here.

Joining CAPPA accreditation board

I will serve as a member of the accreditation board of the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration starting in January 2022.

Address to Tillotoma conference

I’ll give a special address to the Tillotoma Foundation Conference on International Politics and Asian Studies on July 28, 2021. More details about the Foundation here. Powerpoint here.

ASPA book talk on Indian public policy

On May 12, I will be the discussant in an ASPA book talk about Democracy and Public Policy in the Post-COVID-19 World: Choices and Outcomes, edited by Rumki Basu (Jamia Millia University, India). Details about the book talk here.

Panel at CAPPA conference

Screen Shot 2019-05-09 at 9.00.24 AMI will participate in the closing plenary panel at the annual conference of the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration (CAPPA) in Montreal on May 24.  The topic: “Public Administration Scholarship in Canada: From an uncomfortable conversation to a productive strategic dialogue.”  The conference program is here.  My own contribution will be based on this comment written for Canadian Public Administration last year.

Interview about US exceptionalism

Screen Shot 2018-03-27 at 3.00.03 PMI talked with Arnie Arnesen of The Attitude on WNHN FM about my recent column on American exceptionalism.  The interview can be heard here.

Excerpt from new Polity book

cgdar_smAn excerpt from my book Can Government Do Anything Right? can be downloaded here.  The book will be published in 2018.  Pre-order on Amazon.

Appointment at UMass Amherst School of Public Policy

I’m honored to be selected as the inaugural Director of the School of Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  The announcement is here.  I’m also grateful to have had the opportunity to work with my colleagues at the Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri since 2015.