Rappaport Professor of Law and Public Policy

Contact

  • Office: 120 Tremont St.,
  • Suite: 210-C
  • Phone: 617-573-8544
  • Fax: 617-305-3087
  • Email: aroberts@suffolk.edu

Degrees

  • BA, Queens University
  • MPP, Harvard University
  • JD University of Toronto
  • Ph.D. Harvard University

    Teaching

  • Law and public policy

Biography

Professor Roberts is the first holder of the Jerome Lyle Rappaport Chair in Law and Public Policy at Suffolk University Law School. Professor Roberts most recently held the position of Professor of Public Administration at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.

Professor Roberts has also served as a Lecturer, Assistant Professor, and Associate Professor at Queens University; Visiting Fellow at the Graduate Public Policy Institute of Georgetown University; and Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Southern California. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, a public member of the Administrative Conference of the United States, and co editor of the scholarly journal Governance.

At Suffolk University Law School, Professor Roberts teaches courses in law and public policy and administrative law, and serves as Faculty Director of the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service.

Publications

Books

THE END OF PROTEST: HOW FREE-MARKET CAPITALISM LEARNED TO CONTROL DISSENT (Cornell University Press, Cornell Selects, 2013)

AMERICA'S FIRST GREAT DEPRESSION: ECONOMIC CRISIS AND POLITICAL DISORDER AFTER THE PANIC OF 1837 (Cornell University Press, 2012)

THE LOGIC OF DISCIPLINE: GLOBAL CAPITALISM AND THE ARCHITECTURE OF GOVERNMENT (Oxford University Press, 2010)

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 (2006)

SO-CALLED EXPERTS: HOW AMERICAN CONSULTANTS REMADE THE CANADIAN CIVIL SERVICE, 1918-21 (1996)

Book Chapters

The Rise and Fall of Discipline: Economic Globalization, Administrative Reform, and the Financial Crisis, in HANDBOOK EM ADMINISTRAÇÃO PÚBLICA (Lisbon: INA, M. Asensio ed., 2013)

Open Secrets and Dirty Hands, in THE SECRETS OF LAW (Stanford University Press, Austin Sarat and Lawrence Douglas eds., 2012)

The Failure of the Guardians: Central Banking Reform and the Financial Crisis, in 5 REPOSITIONING EUROPE AND AMERICA FOR GROWTH (E. Bohne and C. Karlsson eds., 2010) (Transatlantic Public Policy Series)

The Changing Policy Environment For Managing Crises, in DESIGNING RESILIENCE FOR EXTREME EVENTS (Louise Comfort and Arjen Boin eds., 2010)

Building Resilience: Macrodynamic Contraints on Governmental Response to Crises, in DESIGNING RESILIENCE: PREPARING FOR EXTREME EVENTS (University of Pittsburgh Press, Louise Comfort and Arjen Boin eds., 2010)

Spin Control: The Struggle Over Access To Information, in MEDIATING CANADIAN POLITICS (Shannon Sampert and Linda Trimble eds., 2009)

Publishing Performance Information: An Illusion of Control?, in PERFORMANCE INFORMATION IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR (Palgrave Macmillan, W. Van Dooren and . Van de Walle eds., 2008)

Constraints on the US Response to Homeland Security Threats, in COMMUNICABLE CRISES: PREVENTION, MANAGEMENT AND RESOLUTION IN AN ERA OF GLOBALIZATION (Deborah E. Gibbons. ed., 2007)

Transparency in the Security Sector, in THE RIGHT TO KNOW: TRANSPARENCY FOR AN OPEN WORLD (A. Florini ed., 2007)

Dashed Expectations: Governmental Adaptation to Transparency Rules, in TRANSPARENCY: THE KEY TO BETTER GOVERNANCE? (C. Hood and D. Heald eds., 2006)

Two challenges in the Administration of the Access to Information Act, in RESEARCH STUDIES VOLUME 2: THE PUBLIC SERVICE AND TRANSPARENCY (Commission of Inquiry into the Sponsorship Program and Advertising Activities, Gov't of Canada, 2006)

The Agency Concept in North America: Failure, Adaptation and Incremental Change, in UNBUNDLED GOVERNMENT (C. Talbot and C. Pollitt eds., 2004) (with Andrew Graham)

A Fragile State: Federal Public Administration in the Twentieth Century, in A HANDBOOK OF CANADIAN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (C. Dunn ed., 2002)

Public Service Reform and the New Security Agenda, in GOVERNANCE AND PUBLIC SECURITY (Alan K. Campbell Public Affairs Institute, 2002) (with Donald P. Moynihan)

The Right to Information and Jamaica's Proposed Access to Information Act, in FOSTERING TRANSPARENCY AND PREVENTING CORRUPTION IN JAMAICA (Atlanta, GA: Carter Center, L. Newman ed., 2002)

Issues Associated with the Implementation of Government-wide Performance Monitoring, in MEASURING GOVERNMENT PERFORMANCE IN THE DELIVERY OF SERVICES (Washington, D.C.: World Bank Operations Evaluation Division, Anwar Shah ed., 2002)

Altered States: Public Sector Restructuring and Governmental Capacity, in GLOBALIZATION AND THE CANADIAN ECONOMY (Kingston: School of Policy Studies, Richard Chaykowski ed., 2001)

The Informational Commons at Risk, in THE MARKET OR THE PUBLIC DOMAIN: GLOBAL GOVERNANCE AND THE ASYMMETRY OF POWER (Daniel Drache ed., 2001)

Acceso a la Información Gubernamental: Compendio de Temas, in ACCESO A LA INFORMACION: LA KKAVE OARA KA DENICRACUA (Atlanta, GA: Carter Center, L. Newman ed., 1999) (originally prepared as "Access to Government Information: An Overview")

The Department of Public Works and Government Services: Beautiful Theory Meets Ugly Reality, in HOW OTTAWA SPENDS (G. Swimmer ed., 1996)

Articles

WikiLeaks: The Illusion of Transparency, 78 :1 INT'L. REV. ADMIN. SCI 116 (2012)

Why the Occupy Movement Failed, 72 PUB. ADMIN. REV. 754 (2012)

Harris' Mirage: The Positive Service State, 70 PUB. ADMIN. REV. s268 (2010)

The Rise and Fall of Discipline: Economic Globalization, Administrative Reform, and the Financial Crisis, 70 PUB. ADMIN. REV. s56 (2010)

A Great and Revolutionary Law?, 70 :6 INTERECONOMICS: REVIEW OF EUROPEAN ECONOMICY POL'Y 1 (2010)

The Triumph of Loyalty over Competence: The Bush Administration and the Exhaustion of the Politicized Presidency, 70 PUB. ADMIN. REV. 572 (2010) (with D. Moynihan)

An Ungovernable Anarchy: The United States' Response to Depression and Default, 1837-1848, 45 :4 INTERECONOMICS: REVIEW OF EUROPEAN ECONOMIC POLICY 1 (2010)

The Path Not Taken: Leonard White and the Macrodynamics of Administrative Development, 69 :4 PUB. ADMIN. REV. 764 (2009)

A Poorly Designed Solution for a Misdiagnosed Problem, 41 ADMIN. & POL'Y 127 (2009)

Commercializing Air Traffic Control: Have the Reforms Worked?, 51 CAN. PUB. ADMIN. 45 (2009)

The Limits of Control: The Market State, Divided Power, and the Response to 9/11, 9 :3 INT'L PUB. MGMT. J. 313 (2006)

Spin Control and Freedom of Information: Lessons for the United Kingdom from Canada, 83 :1 PUB. ADMIN. (UK) 1 (2005) (reprinted in Sean Hier and Josh Greenberg, eds., The Surveillance Studies Reader (Open University Press, 2007, 307-322)

Les face cachées de la résistance gouvernementale à la transparence, 6 :2 ETHIQUE PUBLIQUE 33 (2004)

ORCON Creep: Networked Governance, Information Sharing, and the Threat to Government Accountability, 21 :3 GOV'T INFO. Q. 249 (2004)

A Partial Revolution: The Diplomatic Ethos and Transparency in Intergovernmental Organizations, 64 :4 PUB. ADMIN. REV. 408 (2004)

National Security and Open Government, 9 :2 GEO. PUB. POL'Y REV. 69 (2004)

NATO, Secrecy, and the Right to Information, 11-12 E. EUR. CONST. REV. 86 (2003)

In the Eye of the Storm? Societal Aging and the Future of Public Service Reform, 63 :6 PUB. ADMIN. REV. 720 (2003)

Entangling Alliances: NATO's Security Policy and the Entrenchment of State Secrecy, 36 :2 CORNELL INT'L L.J. 329 (2003)

The Commissioner as Regulator: Improving Strategies for Enforcement of the Access to Information Act, 27 QUEEN'S L.J. 647 (2002)

Multilateral Institutions and the Right to Information: Experience in the European Union, 8 :2 EUR. PUB. L. 255 (2002)

Administrative Discretion and the Access to Information Act: An 'Internal Law' on Open Government?, 45 :2 CAN PUB. ADMIN. 175 (2002)

Lockbox Government: Segregated Funding Strategies and the Implications for Governance, 15 :2 GOVERNANCE 105 (2002)

Structural Pluralism and the Right to Information, 51 :3 U. TORONTO L.J. 243 (2001) (Reprinted as "Szervezeti pluralizmus a közigazgatásban és az informaációhoz való jog," Fundamentum 2004.4: 5-20. (Budapest, Hungary: IDOK.)

Less Government, More Secrecy: Reinvention and the Weakening of Freedom of Information Law, 60 :4 PUB. ADMIN. REV. 298 (2000)

Doubt and Deliberation: Making Strategy in Ontario's Food Bank System, 3 :3-4 J. ORG. THEORY & BEHAV. (2000)

Retrenchment and Freedom of Information: Recent Experience Under Federal, Ontario, and British Columbia Law, 42 :4 CAN. PUB. ADMIN. 422 (1999)

The Unassailable Principle: Why Luther Gulick Searched For A Science of Administration, 21 :2-4 INT'L J. PUB. ADMIN. 235 (1998) Reprinted in J. Rabin, R. Munzenrider, and S. Bartell, Principles and Practices of Public Administration (Marcell Dekker, 2003). Part 1.5, Pages 1-16.

Worrying About Misconduct: The Control Lobby and the PS 2000 Reforms, 39 :4 CAN. PUB. ADMIN. 489 (1997)

Performance-Based Organizations: Assessing the Gore Plan, 57 :6 PUB. ADMIN. REV. 465 (1997)

Style or Substance? Media Perceptions of Clinton's Economic and Timber Summits, 21 :2 PUB. ADMIN. Q. 227 (1997)

Why the Brownlow Committee Failed: Neutrality and Partisanship in the Early Years of Public Administration, 28 :1 ADMIN. & SOC'Y 3 (1996)

Selling the Goods and Services Tax: Notes on the Problem of Government Advertising, 28 :2 CAN. J. POL. SCI. 311 (1995) (with J. Rose)

The Brownlow–Brookings Feud:The Politics of Dissent Within the Academic Community, 7 :3 J. POL'Y HIST. 311 (1995)

'Civic Discovery' as a Rhetorical Strategy, 14 :2 J. POL'Y ANALYSIS & MGMT. 291 (1995)

Demonstrating Neutrality: The Rockefeller Philanthropies and the Evolution of Public Administration, 1927–36, 54 :3 PUB. ADMIN. REV. 221 (1994)

The Importance of Workplace Research, 17 :2 PUB. ADMIN. Q. 201 (1993)

OTHER   PUBLICATIONS


Douglas Brinkley's The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast, PUB. ADMIN. REV. ( forthcoming 2008 dateforth ) (book review)

G. Palast, J. Oppenheim & T. MacGregor's Democracy and Regulation, 7.1 PUB. MGMT. REV. 147 ( 2005 ) (book review)

Voume One of the Report of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board, 64.5 PUB. ADMIN. REV. 625 ( 2004 ) (book review)

Colin Leys, Market-Driven Politics, 17.3 GOVERNANCE 449 ( 2004 ) (book review)

Ann Florini, The Coming Democracy, 23.2 J. POL'Y ANALYSIS AND MGMT. 398 ( 2004 ) (book review)

Jeffrey Rosen's The Naked Crowd, 23.4 J. POL'Y ANALYSIS & MGMT. 949 ( 2004 ) (book review)

Transborder Service Systems: Pathways for Innovation or Threats to Accountability?, Washington, D.C.: IBM Endowment for the Business of Government, Market-Based Government Series ( 2004 )

Mary Graham, Democracy by Disclosure , 22.4 J. POL'Y ANALYSIS AND MGMT. 709 ( 2003 ) (book review)

Derek Bok, The Trouble with Government, 46.2 CANADIAN PUB. ADMIN. 266 ( 2003 ) (book review)

Richard M. Walker, Emma L. Jeanes & Robert O. Rowlands, Managing Public Services Innovation: The Experience of English Housing Associations, 5.1 PUB. MGMT. REV. 137 ( 2003 ) (book review)

Behn, Rethinking Democractic Accountability, 21.3 J. POL'Y ANALYSIS AND MGMT. 530 ( 2002 ) (book review)

Finklestein, Transparency in Public Policy, 61.4 PUB. ADMIN. REV. 507 ( 2001 ) (book review)

Flinders & Smith, Quangos, Accountability and REform, CANADIAN PUB. ADMIN. 227 ( 2000 ) (book review)

Gawthrop, Public Service and Democracy , 13.2 GOVERNANCE 295 ( 2000 ) (book review)

Adams and Balfour's Unmasking Administrative Evil, 2 2 INT'L. J. PUB. MGMT. 293 ( 2000 ) (book review)

American and Canadian Government-wide Performance Plans, 18 1 J. POL'Y ANALYSIS AND MGMT. ( 1999 ) (book review)

Frederickson's The Spirit of Public Administration, 17 1 J. POL'Y ANALYSIS AND MGMT. ( 1998 ) (book review)

Cook's Bureaucracy and Self-Government, 17 1 J. POL'Y ANALYSIS AND MGMT. ( 1998 ) (book review)

Naschold and von Otter's Public Sector Transformation: Rethinking Markets and Hierarchies in Government, 20 4 EVALUATION AND PROGRAM PLANNING 522 ( 1998 ) (book review)

The New Progressives, 11 1 GOVERNANCE 128 ( 1998 ) (reviewing Osborne and Plastrik's Banishing Bureaucracy)

Anderson and Hill's The Privatization Process; A Worldwide Perspective, 16 2 J. POL'Y ANALYSIS AND MGMT. 322 ( 1997 ) (book review)

Sabatier and Jenkins-Smith's Policy Change and Learning, 20 3 CAN. PUB. POL'Y 334 ( 1994 ) (book review)

Jane Jacobs' Systems of Survival, 13 2 J. POL'Y ANALYSIS AND MGMT. 410 ( 1994 ) (book review)