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BookTalk: Oxford Handbook of Global Policy and Transnational Administration

March 28 | 1 p.m. ET

This BookTalk introduces the 40-chapter and 700+page Oxford Handbook of Global Policy and Transnational Administration (Oxford University Press, 2019). This handbook has two premises:
1) Global policy making is unfurling in distinctive ways above traditional nation-state policy processes. New practices of transnational administration are emerging inside international organizations but also alongside trans-governmental networks of regulators and global public-private partnerships. We investigate new public spaces of transnational policy-making, the design and delivery of global public goods and services, and the interdependent roles of transnational administrators who move between business bodies, governments, international organizations, and professional associations.
2) Transnational administration is a multi-actor and multi-scalar endeavor having manifestations, depending on the policy issue or problems, at the local, urban, sub-regional, sub-national, regional, national, supranational, supra-regional, transnational, international, and global scales. These scales of 'local' and 'global' are neither neatly bounded nor nested spaces but are articulated together in complex patterns of policy activity. This required Handbook authors to advance analysis beyond the methodological nationalism of the state.

You will learn:
  • How public administration’s methodological nationalism limits our ability to engage global governance
  • Highlight entry-points from domestic administrative and policy studies to global governance
  • How to articulate the implication of neither the administrative state nor state-created regional/international organizations as the only policy and administrative actors at the regional and global level.


Kim Moloney is a senior lecturer in global public administration and public policy at Murdoch University, Perth Australia. Her research focuses on two areas. First, the intersection of public administration, international organizations and  global governance with a particular focus on international civil servants, public personnel management, whistle blowing, global administrative law, administrative tribunals and stakeholder power. Second, the intersection of public administration with development and comparative administration with an interest in island-states, public service motivation, civil society – state relationships and public service bargains in post-colonial island-states.

This research was published Public Administration Review, Review of Public Personnel Administration, Global Policy, International Review of Administrative Sciences, American Review of Public Administration, Australian Journal of Public Administration, The Pacific Review, Journal of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, Public Organization Review, and the International Public Management Review. She holds a MPA from the Maxwell School and a PhD in public administration from American University.

Alasdair Roberts is director of the School of Public Policy at University of Massachusetts—Amherst, and a professor of political science and public policy. He writes on problems of public administration, law and public policy.  His latest book is Can Government Do Anything Right? (Polity Books, 2018).  His previous book, Four Crises of American Democracy, was published by Oxford University Press in 2017.  His next book, Strategies for Governing, will be published by Cornell University Press in 2019.  He has written five other books, including Blacked Out: Government Secrecy in the Information Age (Cambridge University Press, 2006).  He has received several awards for his writing, including the Brownlow Book Award from the National Academy of Public Administration. In 2014, Roberts received Canada's Grace-Pépin Award for his research on open government.  He was elected as a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration in 2007. He served as co-editor of the journal Governance from 2009 to 2017. A Canadian citizen, Roberts received a BA from Queen’s University, a JD from the University of Toronto and an MPP and PhD in public policy from Harvard University. His web address is