AALS Conversations on the Administrative State: Executive Transactionalism and the Decline of Governmental Capacity

Date: Friday, January 28, 2022, 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST

Webinar Description:

AALS Conversations on the Administrative State is a regular series of conversations that will bring together scholars of administrative law with scholars of public administration to discuss areas of shared intellectual interest and different approaches to the study of the administrative state.

In this third conversation, Ernie Joaquin and Thomas Greitens will discuss how the politics of administrative reform and presidentialization have weakened the federal government’s capacity for addressing the country’s problems. To rebuild a capable bureaucracy, Congress must rediscover its prerogative and responsibility for effective administration and administrative leaders must be nurtured and allowed to engage better. Both should aim for the renewal of civic trust in professional government.  Sally Katzen will comment.

Learning Objectives:

  • For administrative law scholars to develop familiarity with public administration approaches to the study of the administrative state.
  • For public administration scholars to develop familiarity with administrative law approaches to the study of the administrative state.


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Dr. M. Ernita Joaquin, Ph.D., Associate Professor, San Francisco State University, School of Public Affairs & Civic Engagement

Dr. Ernita Joaquin is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Master of Public Administration Program at San Francisco State’s School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement. She has written extensively in the fields of devolution,  management reform, and public administration theory. She previously taught at the University of the Philippines and University of Nevada. At SF State, she has also engaged in service learning and pedagogical innovations. Her works have appeared in Administration & Society, Public Administration Review, Journal of Public Affairs Education, and The American Review of Public Administration.

Dr. Thomas J. Greitens, Ph.D., Professor of Public Administration, Central Michigan University, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Political Science and Public Administration Department

Dr. Thomas Greitens is a Professor of Public Administration and the Director of the MPA program at Central Michigan University.  His research interests focus on capacity challenges in the public sector. His work appears in journals such as Public Administration Review, Administration & Society, and Public Performance & Management Review.  He has been at Central Michigan University since 2007 and lives and works in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.

Sally Katzen, J.D., Professor of Practice and Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Co-Director of the Legislative and Regulatory Process Clinic, New York University School of Law

Sally Katzen is Professor of Practice and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the NYU School of Law, where she co-directs the Legislative and Regulatory Process Clinic. A nationally renowned scholar of administrative law, her career has spanned academia, government service, and private practice. She is a member of the American Law Institute and the National Academy of Public Administration and a senior fellow of the Administrative Conference of the United States.


Noah A. Rosenblum, J.D., Assistant Professor of Law, New York University School of Law
Noah A. Rosenblum, J.D., Assistant Professor of LawNew York University School of Law

Noah A. Rosenblum is an Assistant Professor of Law at New York University School of Law, where he was previously the Samuel I. Golieb Fellow in Legal History.

Rosenblum works primarily in administrative law, constitutional law, and legal ethics. His research takes a historical approach to the study of state institutions and the regulation of the bar, seeking to understand how law can be used to promote democratic accountability.

His dissertation, “The Tribe of the Eagle: Presidential Democracy in Thought and Practice,” charts the growth of presidential control over administration through a new history of the legal, institutional, and intellectual development of the administrative state. His other work has explored the history of professional regulation, the history and theory of democratic institutions, and the law of public corruption, among other topics. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in the Columbia Law Review, the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, and the Yale Law Journal, among other venues, and has been awarded the Joseph Parker Prize in Legal History and the Fred C. Zacharias Award in Legal Ethics, among other honors.

Rosenblum pursued his undergraduate studies at Deep Springs and Harvard College and earned his JD from Yale Law School. Rosenblum is concurrently a PhD Candidate in intellectual and legal history at Columbia University, where his studies have been supported by a Javits Fellowship. After law school, he clerked for Judge Jenny Rivera of the New York Court of Appeals and Judge Guido Calabresi of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Rosenblum is a member of the New York Bar.

Alasdair Roberts, Ph.D., J.D., Director and ProfessorUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Policy

Alasdair Roberts is director and professor at the School of Public Policy.  He writes extensively on problems of governance, law, and public policy. His most recent book, Strategies for Governing, was published by Cornell University Press in 2020. He is the author of Can Government Do Anything Right? (Polity Books, 2018), Four Crises of American Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2017), The End of Protest: How Free-Market Capitalism Learned to Control Dissent, (Cornell University Press, 2013), America’s First Great Depression (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), and Blacked Out: Government Secrecy in the Information Age, (Cambridge University Press, 2006). Blacked Out received the Brownlow Book Award from the US National Academy of Public Administration and three other academic book awards. The Logic of Capitalism received an honorable mention from the Best Book award committee of the American Society of Public Administration’s Section on Public Administration Research. Roberts has also won several awards for his journal articles.

Roberts was elected as a fellow of the US National Academy of Public Administration in 2007. From 2009 to 2017, he was co-editor of the journal Governance. He serves on the editorial boards of several other journals in the field of public administration. He has a PhD in public policy and a master’s of public policy from Harvard University and a JD from the University of Toronto.