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Lecture at University of Bonn

I will give a lecture at the University of Bonn on December 13, as part of an interdisciplinary lecture series on “The Modern State” organized by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. Details here.

Keynote speech at AMEPPA conference

I’ll be a keynote speaker at the annual conference of the Association for Middle Eastern Public Policy and Administration (AMEPPA) in Cairo on December 9. More about the conference here.

Read the background paper for my talk here: A modest case for scholarly nationalism.

Recommendations for “Superstates”

Ian Bremmer, President of Eurasia Group, recommends Superstates: “Analysts focus on what the world’s largest and most powerful countries can do to confront climate change, pandemics, and other dangerous threats. Roberts’s Superstates flips the script and asks how  these threats will affect the structure, borders, and even existence of the world’s most populous countries. Drawing from the history of empire, the book is a sobering warning of the difficulties our unprecedentedly complex ‘superstates’ will face to survive the next century unscathed.”

Christopher Hood, University of Oxford: “A fascinating and provocative account of the governance challenges facing the rulers of today’s four ‘superstates,’ who must grapple not only with the issues that have beset imperial rulers over the centuries, but also those arising from modern technology and culture.”

Donald Moynihan, Georgetown University: “Superstates looks ahead at the future of governance, where more and more people will be crammed into a few massive polities. Roberts shrewdly considers the lessons from past empires and the challenges of running a modern nation state. The result is an extraordinarily accessible, insightful and challenging field guide to governance around the world in the coming decades.”

Geert Bouckaert, KU Leuven Public Governance Institute: “Are ‘Superstates’ governance utopias or dystopias? And are they self-denying or self-fullfilling? We, the people, want to know. This book makes us understand what to do, and even more, what not to do.”

“This book is expertly informed, extensively well documented, crafted for interesting study, and importantly useful for professional and popular understanding.” – International Journal of Public Administration.

Read the first pages of the book.
Pre-order on Amazon.

Strategies for Governing receives ASPA SPAR book award

Strategies for Governing: Reinventing Public Administration for a Dangerous Century has received the 2021 book award from the Section on Public Administration Research of the American Society for Public Administration.  The Committee’s statement: “This book challenges researchers and practitioners in the field to contemplate how we can ‘recover the fundamentals of government,’ and addresses the urgent and fundamental issues we are facing today. The book takes a thoughtful interdisciplinary approach, drawing on public administration history and theory, administrative process development in political science, fragile states research in international relations, and institutional design, presenting an expansive view of the capacities and new directions for public administration as a field of research, teaching, and practice. The nomination letter by ASPA Past President Chester Newland notes this distinctive quality of the book and emphasizes that in light of the ‘currently urgent realities of the field, the analysis is certain to be a lasting contribution.'”  More comments and reviews on the book here.

Discussing “Superstates” on EU Confidential

I spoke with Politico’s Sarah Wheaton about my book Superstates on the EU Confidential podcast for November 24. Listen to the podcast here.

Talk at Queen’s University

I’ll talk about my new book project, The adaptable country, at the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University on November 24. The book is under contract with McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Statement on Human Rights Day 2022

Human Rights Day is December 10, 2022. It marks the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). This year, thirty-four scholarly organizations and sections in the field of public administration have endorsed a statement about Human Rights Day.

The statement says: “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. We believe in the inherent dignity of all people and that all people have equal, inalienable rights. These beliefs guide our research, teaching, and engagement in public affairs.”

Download the statement with list of endorsing organizations.

List of endorsing organizations and scholars

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Talk at UMass Law

I’m looking forward to talking at UMass Law on November 9, on recent trends in American politics. PPT for this talk here.

Lecture at Bridgewater State University

I’ll talk about my book Superstates at Bridgewater State University’s Democratic Governance and Leadership Program on November 10. PPT for talk here.

UPES lecture on Superstates

I’m looking forward to participating in the UPES lecture series on December 22. More about UPES. Details to follow.

IJPA review of Superstates

In the International Journal of Public Administration, Chester A. Newland reviews Superstates. Newland says: “This book is expertly informed, extensively well documented, crafted for interesting study, and importantly useful for professional and popular understanding.” Read the review.

Comment on “America’s First Great Depression”

In a recent commentary, the head of macroeconomic research for Saxo Bank, Chris Dembik, draws lessons from America’s First Great Depression for today’s European energy crisis. Read the commentary.