Panel to examine how public servants advance democratic values ​​Oct. 11

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – Penn State’s School of Public Policy and the Institute of Rock Ethics will convene a panel of scholars to discuss how the values ​​of unelected officials shape democracy at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 11 in the Paterno Library’s Foster Auditorium.

The discussion is inspired by the book “Administered Democracy: How Administration Shapes Representative Government“, published by Cambridge University Press. In his book, Anthony Bertelli, Sherwin-Whitmore Liberal Arts Professor and Professor of Public Policy and Political Science, explains the role that public administration plays in representative democracies and how democratic values ​​shape public policy-making structures and processes. The panel will use the book as a starting point to explore representative democracy within the complexities of the modern administrative state.

Participating in the forum are panelists Lee Ann Banaszak, head of Penn State’s Department of Political Science and professor of political science and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies; John Christman, director of the Penn State Humanities Institute and professor of philosophy, political science and women’s studies; and Sean Gailmard, professor of political science at the University of California at Berkeley. Ben Jones, Deputy Director of the Rock Ethics Institute, will moderate the forum. After the panelists have shared their thoughts on the book, Bertelli will offer his response.

The forum is free and open to the public and will include time for questions from the public.

by Bertelli the research examines the role of political institutions in shaping public policy outcomes and organizational structures in American and comparative contexts. He is the author or co-author of more than 50 articles and books, including “The Madison Managers: Public Administration and the Constitution,” “The Political Economy of Public Sector Governance,” “Investing in Public Policy: Policy Prioritization and the Art of the British State“, and the next”Public administration and democracy: the principle of complementarity.”

Jones studies ethics, political philosophy and criminal justice. He is the author of “Apocalypse without God: apocalyptic thought, ideal politics and the limits of utopian hope” and co-editor of “The Ethics of Policing: New Perspectives on Law Enforcement.”

by Banaszak her research interests are comparative political behavior, social movements, and women and politics. His books include “Why Movements Succeed or Fail,” “The women’s movement inside and outside the state,” “Women’s Movements Against the Reconfigured State,” and “100 years of the Nineteenth Amendment.”

Christmas is the author of numerous articles and books in social and political philosophy, specializing in topics such as social self-conception, theories of justice and oppression, and the idea of ​​freedom. His books include “The myth of ownership,” “Social and Political Philosophy: A Contemporary Introduction,” and “people politics.”

Gailmard studies the structure and development of American political institutions from a strategic perspective. His research has focused on the emergence of political institutions in the English colonial era; expertise and political responsiveness of the bureaucracy; historical evolution of the American executive; the internal organization of the US Congress; and electoral accountability. Gailmard is the author of “Learning by Governing: Expertise and Accountability in the Executiveand “Statistical Modeling and Inference for the Social Sciences.”

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