REPUTATION AND POWER…. Dan Carpenter’s new book, Reputation and Power: Organizational Image and Pharmaceutical Regulation at the FDA, has already been called the most important book on a federal agency in the last 30 years. At a time when the American public is aghast at the regulatory failures that led to a mining disaster in West Virginia, the despoiling of the Gulf, and the financial crisis, the question of how the FDA’s power was built and maintained, but also slowly deteriorated, could not be more timely.

(To read Steven Teles’s review of Reputation and Power in Washington Monthly, please click here.)

On Thursday, the New America Foundation and the Washington Monthly will co-host a discussion on Carpenter’s book at the NAF office in Washington at 12:15 p.m. (ET). Carpenter will headline the event, which will be moderated by Steven Teles, a New America Foundation Schwartz Fellow and an associate professor of political science at Johns Hopkins.

Phillip Longman, a New America Foundation senior research fellow and a Washington Monthly Schwartz Fellow, and Martha Derthick, Professor Emeritus of American Politics at the University of Virginia, will also be part of the discussion.

For more information, or to register for the event, please click here.

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