B. Guy Peters

  • Maurice Falk Professor of American Government

I am currently working on two major book projects.  One is on the “Inclusive State”, that will discuss the processes by which states develop more inclusive policies and practices.  The second is on alternative forms of governance–hierarchy, markets, society, expertise and participation–and the choices that must be made among them.  In addition I am launching an international research project on political patronage, building on a recently completed book on Latin America and another forthcoming book on Asia. 

Representative Publications

Democratic Backsliding and Public Administration (Cambridge University Press, 2021)

Administrative Traditions: The Roots of Contemporary Bureaucratic Behavior (Oxford University Press, 2021).

Zombie Ideas: How Bad Policy Ideas Persist (Cambridge University Press, 2021).





Research Interests

Comparative public policy and administration, American public administration

Comparative Politics


Area of Study