SPP's Roberts Wins Book Award

Alasdair Roberts
Alasdair Roberts

School of Public Policy (SPP) director Alasdair Roberts’s latest book has received an award from the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), the field’s leading professional organization.

Roberts’s book, “Strategies for Governing: Reinventing Public Administration for a Dangerous Century,” was chosen this year’s Best Book Published in Public Administration by ASPA’s Section on Public Administration Research.

The book has also been selected as a recommended text by the Association of College and Research Libraries' Choice magazine.

In “Strategies for Governing,” Roberts argues that the field of public administration needs to shift its focus to macro-level questions about the role of government and how it is designed to meet the needs of citizens in turbulent times.

"Governments will be confronted with immense challenges in this century," Roberts said. "This book is intended to foster a conversation among academics in public administration about how we help governments to meet those challenges."

Roberts will be presented with his award at ASPA’s virtual 2021 conference on April 12. He received the same award for a previous book, “Blacked Out: Government Secrecy in the Information Age,” in 2007.