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Expert on rapid decline of public integrity

by Hannah Lynn Robinson



In a time where progressives and conservatives seem to exist in different moral worlds, Robert Roberts argues that it has become increasingly difficult to hold public officials accountable without agreement on what constitutes immoral conduct.

In his newest book, The Death of Public Integrity, Roberts takes a historical view from the ratification of the U.S. Constitution through the Trump administration—detailing efforts by reformers to protect public confidence in the integrity of government at the local, state and federal levels.

Roberts teaches state and local government and legal environment of public administration and criminal procedures at James Madison University. He has appeared in the TIME, Public Administration Review, International Journal of Public Administration and other publications.

Media contact: Hannah Robinson,, 520-222-2808

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Published: Thursday, October 17, 2019

Last Updated: Friday, May 20, 2022

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