Tag: books

Police ethnography everyone should read

I feel really lucky to be able to do something like this. Book number three in this book club experiment put so many things in perspective. The latest book the faculty discussed is Didier Fassin’s Enforcing Order: An Ethnography of Urban Policing, a study of anti-crime squad in the outskirts of Paris. I’m not even sure anymore how I found…

Can government take risks?

Another work post.

This time, our faculty discuss California lieutenant Governor, Gavin Newsom’s book Citizenville.

My opinion? On the whole, this is a pretty dull read. But … he does ask some important questions. What if government could be more agile? What if government were able to take the same risks as business?

I’m not sure he offers real solutions, or even real ideas – but at this point it’s nice to see any politician thinking about the what ifs. The faculty had a good conversation tho.

Work Life: new podcast experiment

The Bedrosian Center is experimenting …

An audio book club. We’ll gather 3-4 faculty to discuss a book that has some governance relevance to jaw about it.

This is a huge book, I asked them to keep it to 45 minutes … ha! Our team decided to split it into two segments.

Part 1 addresses Piketty’s grand scholarly undertaking, why a data driven economics book is a sudden “summer” bestseller, as well as some of the economic theory behind Piketty’s now famous equation R > G.

 

 

In part 2, our discussion turns to Piketty’s prediction of greater inequality.