Royal wedding

I realized today that I am completely unprepared to offer the kind of searching insight and high-candlepower lessons RBC readers properly expect on the coming marriage of Kate and whatsisname…no, the other one…obviously a major event with import for every many some anyway a very big deal.   I do not know whether the prince insists on a little bit of butter to his bread, or if he agrees that marmalade is nicer if it’s very thickly spread.  I have not looked into Kate’s preferred heel height nor her favorite charities. Heaven help me, I do not even know whether she takes mustard or getaway sauce on lamb chops.

If James doesn’t help us out, it’s a black week for the RBC, and I apologize to our readers.

Author: Michael O'Hare

Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley, Michael O'Hare was raised in New York City and trained at Harvard as an architect and structural engineer. Diverted from an honest career designing buildings by the offer of a job in which he could think about anything he wanted to and spend his time with very smart and curious young people, he fell among economists and such like, and continues to benefit from their generosity with on-the-job social science training. He has followed the process and principles of design into "nonphysical environments" such as production processes in organizations, regulation, and information management and published a variety of research in environmental policy, government policy towards the arts, and management, with special interests in energy, facility siting, information and perceptions in public choice and work environments, and policy design. His current research is focused on transportation biofuels and their effects on global land use, food security, and international trade; regulatory policy in the face of scientific uncertainty; and, after a three-decade hiatus, on NIMBY conflicts afflicting high speed rail right-of-way and nuclear waste disposal sites. He is also a regular writer on pedagogy, especially teaching in professional education, and co-edited the "Curriculum and Case Notes" section of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. Between faculty appointments at the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, he was director of policy analysis at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. He has had visiting appointments at Università Bocconi in Milan and the National University of Singapore and teaches regularly in the Goldman School's executive (mid-career) programs. At GSPP, O'Hare has taught a studio course in Program and Policy Design, Arts and Cultural Policy, Public Management, the pedagogy course for graduate student instructors, Quantitative Methods, Environmental Policy, and the introduction to public policy for its undergraduate minor, which he supervises. Generally, he considers himself the school's resident expert in any subject in which there is no such thing as real expertise (a recent project concerned the governance and design of California county fairs), but is secure in the distinction of being the only faculty member with a metal lathe in his basement and a 4×5 Ebony view camera. At the moment, he would rather be making something with his hands than writing this blurb.

7 thoughts on “Royal wedding”

  1. Nice try. I know you’re all going to watch. Your wives or daughters will turn it on and you won’t be able to help yourselves. And it’s a great excuse to eat some scones or something.

  2. Warren:
    “I asked the maid in dulcet tone
    To order me a buttered scone.
    The silly girl has been and gone
    And ordered me a buttered scone.”
    The Scottish Stone of Scone is however pronounced skoon (IPA: skuːn) according to Wikipedia.

  3. I always pronounce it “one of those, please”, pointing. Especially at the St. Clair café on Cholmondeley Road in Worcester, where Mr. St. John makes such lovely scones.

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