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Speaker Series | Steve Kelman

  • Harvard Center Shanghai IFC | HSBC Building 5F 8 Century Avenue Shanghai (map)

The Harvard Club of Shanghai Speaker Series, in collaboration with the Harvard Center Shanghai, is delighted to bring to you this timely talk:

The 2016 US Presidential Campaign and What It Means

A “perfect storm” occurs when several forces that previously had been developing independently come together and create a force far stronger than before. This year’s American election has been such a perfect storm.  Four longtime social trends in US society have come together this year, producing an unprecedented situation with not only the candidacy of Trump but the unexpected challenge from Sanders produced a situation of leading candidates standing outside their party’s mainstream. Steve Kelman will analyze these four social trends and how they have influenced American public policy debate. He will provide some insights on US politics and political culture that go beyond the headlines. The presentation will center on what this year’s election says about American society, but he will briefly discuss the role of China in the campaign.


2016.11.1 | 18.30 - 20.30

Harvard Center Shanghai
IFC | HSBC Building 5F
8 Century Avenue

Language English

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Steve Kelman is the Weatherhead Professor of Public Management at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. A summa cum laude graduate of Harvard College, with a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University, he is the author of many books and articles on the policy-making process and on improving the management of government organizations. 

His latest book, Unleashing Change: A Study of Organizational Change in Government, was published in 2005 by the Brookings Institution Press. His other books include a study on how to improve the government computer procurement process, entitled Procurement and Public Management: The Fear of Discretion and the Quality of Government Performance (AEI Press, 1990), and Making Public Policy: A Hopeful View of American Government (Basic Books, 1987).

In 1996 he was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. In 2001, he received the Herbert Roback Memorial Award, the highest achievement award of the National Contract Management Association. In 2003 he was elected as a Director of The Procurement Roundtable. In 2010 the American Political Science Association awarded him the Gaus Prize, which honors a lifetime of achievement in public administration scholarship.

He currently serves as editor of the International Public Management Journal, and he writes a regular column for Federal Computer Week and a blog, The Lectern, at

From 1993 through 1997, Dr. Kelman served as Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy in the Office of Management and Budget. During his tenure as Administrator, he played a lead role in the Administration's reinventing government effort. He led Administration efforts in support of the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 1994 and the Federal Acquisition

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