Centre for Public Impact interviews Alasdair Roberts about upcoming book

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) director Alasdair Roberts

Alasdair Roberts speaking to a class at the University of Massachusetts / Photo Credit: Matthew Medeiros

The Centre for Public Impact (CPI) recently spoke with SPP Director Alasdair Roberts about his upcoming book, Can Government Do Anything Right?, on its podcast. Speaking with CPI's Katie Rose, Roberts explains the reason for the book, and how governments are able to make an impact.

"It's a reaction to the wave of writing about the apparent crisis of government in Western democracies particularly, and it's intended to be a bit of a reality check," explains Roberts.

"One measure of success is just this extraordinary, historically unusual period of a long peace without interstate conflict [in Western Europe and North America]. When you look at other measures of internal peace, crime rates and surprisingly even levels of terrorism, we are still doing better than we were in preceding decades."

Listen to the podcast here.