About Keith Krueger

Interests include comparative political systems, economic and business history and institutions. Degrees in business and public administration with an emphasis on public policy development.

Keith.Krueger-1@uts.edu.au keithNBn@gmail.com

NBN Episodes hosted by Keith:

M. Steven Fish, "Comeback: Routing Trumpism, Reclaiming the Nation, and Restoring Democracy's Edge" (Rivertowns Books, 2024)

May 14, 2024


M. Steven Fish
Hosted by Keith Krueger

Defeating the forces of authoritarianism is the political combat task of our age, and we must take it up with the certitude and boldness that our emin…

Philip Giurlando and Daniel F. Wajner, "Populist Foreign Policy: Regional Perspectives of Populism in the International Scene" (Palgrave MacMillan, 2023)

March 1, 2024

Populist Foreign Policy

Philip Giurlando and Daniel F. Wajner
Hosted by Keith Krueger

The focus of the research on populism as a category of political analysis has mostly been on domestic politics and can be traced back to the 1960s. On…

Katharina Pistor, "The Code of Capital: How the Law Creates Wealth and Inequality" (Princeton UP, 2019)

February 22, 2024

The Code of Capital

Katharina Pistor
Hosted by Keith Krueger

"Most lawyers, most actors, most soldiers and sailors, most athletes, most doctors, and most diplomats feel a certain solidarity in the face of outsid…

Gregory J. Goalwin, "Borders of Belief: Religious Nationalism and the Formation of Identity in Ireland and Turkey" (Rutgers UP, 2022)

December 7, 2023

Borders of Belief

Gregory J. Goalwin
Hosted by Keith Krueger

Despite theories to the contrary, religious nationalism, and the use of religion to determine membership in the national community, has continued to p…

Christopher F. Zurn, "Splitsville USA: A Democratic Argument for Breaking Up the United States" (Routledge, 2023)

September 16, 2023

Splitsville USA

Christopher F. Zurn
Hosted by Keith Krueger

At the end of the day, I have faith in the wisdom of democracy: the idea that good political solutions only arise from widely dispersed discussion, de…

Daniel A. Bell, "The Dean of Shandong: Confessions of a Minor Bureaucrat at a Chinese University" (Princeton UP, 2023)

May 17, 2023

The Dean of Shandong

Daniel A. Bell
Hosted by Keith Krueger

I am not now nor at any time have ever been a member of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Yet I serve as dean of a large faculty of political science…

Stephen Roach, "Accidental Conflict: America, China, and the Clash of False Narratives" (Yale UP, 2022)

May 6, 2023

Accidental Conflict

Stephen Roach
Hosted by Keith Krueger

Denial is a classic symptom of codependency ... Lacking a sense of self, codependent partners tend to be hypersensitive to criticism or negative feedb…

Ryan M. Brooks, "Liberalism and American Literature in the Clinton Era" (Cambridge UP, 2022)

April 17, 2023

Liberalism and American Literature in the Clinton Era

Ryan M. Brooks
Hosted by Keith Krueger

"In other words, like David Foster Wallace — who celebrates McCain for his display of “‘moral authority’” and commitment to “‘service’ and ‘sacrifice’…

From China's Lost Generation to American Private Equity Professor: A Discussion with Weijian Shan

March 19, 2023

From China's Lost Generation to American Private Equity Professor

Weijian Shan
Hosted by Keith Krueger

Having lived through both China’s Great Leap Forward during primary school, then the Cultural Revolution and the closing of schools for ten years, Bei…

Michael Walzer, "The Struggle for a Decent Politics: On 'Liberal' as an Adjective" (Yale UP, 2023)

March 18, 2023

The Struggle for a Decent Politics

Michael Walzer
Hosted by Keith Krueger

The national purpose of the American state is to realize and then sustain the democracy and the equality that was the promise of our founding. I beli…

Robert Ovetz, "We the Elites: Why the US Constitution Serves the Few" (Pluto Press, 2022)

January 18, 2023

We the Elites

Robert Ovetz
Hosted by Keith Krueger

We have been ruled long enough. It is time to govern ourselves. If we are to get past the Constitution and all systems based on constitutions, we ne…

Jefferson Cowie, "Freedom's Dominion: A Saga of White Resistance to Federal Power" (Basic Books, 2022)

December 28, 2022

Freedom's Dominion

Jefferson Cowie
Hosted by Keith Krueger

"History recalls Wallace’s inaugural address as a set piece in the larger drama of defending Southern segregation, which it was. But the speech was ab…

Eric MacGilvray, "Liberal Freedom: Pluralism, Polarization, and Politics" (Cambridge UP, 2022)

November 23, 2022

Liberal Freedom

Eric MacGilvray
Hosted by Keith Krueger

The liberalism that is defended here is therefore itself an object of political contestation, and not just the background against which such contestat…

Monika Nalepa on Transitional Justice in Post-Communist Europe

October 25, 2022

Transitional Justice in Post-Communist Europe

Monika Nalepa
Hosted by Keith Krueger

An alienated society divided into groups and classes suspicious of one another does not pose an especially great problem for an authoritarian regime t…

Joseph Torigian, "Prestige, Manipulation, and Coercion: Elite Power Struggles in the Soviet Union and China After Stalin and Mao" (Yale UP, 2022)

September 7, 2022

Prestige, Manipulation, and Coercion

Joseph Torigian
Hosted by Keith Krueger

Unfortunately, one takeaway for readers of this book should be the difficulty that not only outside analysts but even party insiders face when trying …

Rochelle DuFord, "Solidarity in Conflict: A Democratic Theory" (Stanford UP, 2022)

August 18, 2022

Solidarity in Conflict

Rochelle DuFord
Hosted by Keith Krueger

Of all the concepts that form the constellation of modern political thought, surely “solidarity” is a strong candidate for the most challenging. At on…

Mark Solovey, "Social Science for What? Battles over Public Funding for the 'Other Sciences' at the National Science Foundation" (MIT Press, 2020)

August 1, 2022

Social Science for What? (Part 2 of 2)

Mark Solovey
Hosted by Keith Krueger

This is part two of a two part interview. Mark Solovey’s Social Science for What? is essential reading for anyone in either the history of science po…

Mark Solovey, "Social Science for What?: Battles over Public Funding for the 'Other Sciences' at the National Science Foundation" (MIT Press, 2020)

July 25, 2022

Social Science for What? (Part 1 of 2)

Mark Solovey
Hosted by Keith Krueger

This is part one of a two part interview. "The social sciences have prospered best in the federal government where they have been included under broa…

Christopher Carothers, "Corruption Control in Authoritarian Regimes: Lessons from East Asia" (Cambridge UP, 2022)

May 17, 2022

Corruption Control in Authoritarian Regimes

Christopher Carothers
Hosted by Keith Krueger

Political corruption remains … one of the most intriguing and challenging issues in social science research and public policy, perhaps because althoug…

Thomas Piketty, "A Brief History of Equality" (Harvard UP, 2022)

April 21, 2022

A Brief History of Equality

Thomas Piketty
Hosted by Keith Krueger

There is no political power without control of the archive, if not of memory. Effective democratization can always be measured by this essential crite…

Alexander Zaitchik, "Owning the Sun: A People's History of Monopoly Medicine from Aspirin to COVID-19 Vaccines" (Counterpoint, 2022)

March 30, 2022

Owning the Sun

Alexander Zaitchik
Hosted by Keith Krueger

Although the dividing line between private life and public responsibilities can never be definite and clear, there is a moral threshold which is cross…

Michele Alacevich, "Albert O. Hirschman: An Intellectual Biography" (Columbia UP, 2021)

February 9, 2022

Albert O. Hirschman

Michele Alacevich
Hosted by Keith Krueger

Despite the virtually unanimous agreement about his importance, describing Hirschman’s legacy and influence on others is not an easy task— arguably be…

Yeling Tan, "Disaggregating China, Inc.: State Strategies in the Liberal Economic Order" (Cornell UP, 2021)

December 21, 2021

Disaggregating China, Inc.

Yeling Tan
Hosted by Keith Krueger

Once you understand that markets require public institutions of governance and regulation in order to function well, and further, you accept that nati…

Robert Ovetz, "Workers' Inquiry and Global Class Struggle: Strategies, Tactics, Objectives" (Pluto Press, 2021)

July 12, 2021

Workers' Inquiry and Global Class Struggle

Robert Ovetz
Hosted by Keith Krueger

"The point of studying the world – including the past and other’s writings – is not just to understand it but to use that understanding to change it."…