Monroe-Paine Distinguished Lecture in Public Affairs: Alasdair S. Roberts

Alasdair S. Roberts
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Superstates: What Empires Teach Us About Running Large Countries

Alasdair Roberts is a professor of public policy at University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  In 2022-23, he is also the Jocelyne Bourgon Visiting Scholar at the Canada School of Public Service.

Professor Roberts writes extensively on problems of governance, law and public policy.  His next book, Superstates: Empires of the Twenty-First Century, will be published by Polity in Fall 2022.  His last book, Strategies for Governing, was published by Cornell University Press in 2020.  It received the best book award from the ASPA Section on Public Administration Research in 2021.

His other books include: Can Government Do Anything Right? (Polity Books, 2018); Four Crises of American Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2017);  The End of Protest: How Free-Market Capitalism Learned to Control Dissent, (Cornell University Press, 2013); America’s First Great Depression (Cornell University Press, 2012);  The Logic of Discipline: Global Capitalism and the Architecture of Government (Oxford University Press, 2010), which received an honorable mention from the Best Book award committee of the American Society of Public Administration’s Section on Public Administration Research; and The Collapse of Fortress Bush: The Crisis of Authority in American Government (New York University Press, 2008).  Blacked Out: Government Secrecy in the Information Age, published by Cambridge University Press in 2006, received the Brownlow Book Award from the US National Academy of Public Administration, and three other academic book awards.  Professor Roberts has also won several awards for his journal articles.

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