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CALL FOR PAPERS: 5th Annual Deil S. Wright Symposium on Friday, March 9, 2018

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Local Government and the States: The Shifting Dynamics of State-Local Relations

The Section on Intergovernmental Administration and Management (SIAM) invites scholars and practitioners to submit proposals for papers to be presented at the 5th Annual Deil S. Wright Symposium. The symposium honors the career and contributions of Professor Deil S. Wright, a charter member of SIAM who remained active until his passing in 2009. The Wright Symposium will be a preconference event held on Friday, March 9, 2018 at the national conference of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) in Denver, Colorado.

 

The 2018 symposium will explore state-local relations in the United States.  Wright’s classic textbook Understanding Intergovernmental Relations acknowledged the importance of state-local relations within our federal system.  Wright commented on many dimensions of this relationship including local boundaries and systems of governance, revenue systems, mandates and regulation, and administrative coordination.  State-local relations are sometimes characterized by conflict, sometimes in competition, but often through partnership and collaboration.  The 2018 Wright Symposium will feature empirical studies that provide insight into the character, quality and variety of state-local relations today.  The Symposium seeks proposals on all aspects of state-local relations.  Questions to engage may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • To what extent are today’s state-local relations characterized by conflict, competition, cooperation, or something else?
  • What explains variation in the character of state-local relations across states and across policies, and is the pattern of variation changing?
  • What is the future for emergency manager laws and state take-overs of local governments and services, e.g. education?
  • How has political polarization affected state preemption of local authority in different policy areas, and what explains variation in local authority across the states?
  • What should public managers learn from recent failures, e.g. the crisis in Flint, Michigan, and successes in state-local relations?
  • What approaches are states taking steps to foster local innovation and experimentation in economic development, education, environmental policy, social policy, or other fields?
  • In what ways are states engaging in new forms of cooperation with local governments and metropolitan regions to advance job training and economic development?
  • As the federal regulatory climate shifts, how are different states responding and what are the consequences for their interactions with local governments?
  • In which policy areas is Republican control of the national government most likely to result in new devolutions to the states, and perhaps second-order devolution to local governments?
  • Is the current structure of administrator and elected official involvement in intergovernmental relations similar to that described by Deil Wright in 1990, or have patterns of intergovernmental relations changed with the evolving importance of policy networks?

 

The Deil S. Wright Symposium has become a premier venue for sharing intergovernmental relations research.  Proposals should explain how the author(s) advance our theoretical understanding of state-local relations and federal systems.  Successful proposal will seek insight through new data, path-breaking methods, and critical questioning of existing knowledge.

 

The organizers of the 2018 Wright Symposium intend to prepare an edited volume based upon the symposium theme.  Papers from the symposium may be included after careful peer review.  Submit your proposal before August 1, 2017.  Proposals should be sent by email to Russ Hanson (hansonr@indiana.edu) and Eric Zeemering (zeem@niu.edu).  The proposal should include contact information for all authors, the paper title, a proposal of 500 words or less, and an explanation of how the research relates to the theme outlined in this call for papers.  For accepted proposals, complete draft papers for the symposium should be submitted by January 1, 2018.  The editors will review the work and provide feedback before the symposium.  This will also provide an opportunity to solicit discussants for the symposium sessions.  We look forward to your participation in the 2018 Deil S. Wright Symposium at the ASPA Conference.

SIAM Nominations Committee Seeks Candidates for Executive Committee

The SIAM Nominating Committee, chaired by Benoy Jacob and committee members David Hamilton and Patricia Shields, is seeking 3 candidates for the SIAM Executive Committee. The member positions are for a three-year term, 2017-2020. Please see our SIAM blog for the full list of Executive Committee members.

Our Bylaws govern the slate of officers, their responsibilities, and how elections are to be conducted. Please see Articles IV and V below.

ARTICLE IV. Officers and Their Responsibilities
Section 1.
The officers of SIAM shall be the Chairperson, Chairperson-elect, immediate Past-Chairperson, and nine (9) members of the board. The term of the Chairperson and Chairperson-elect shall be one (2) year term. The Chairperson-elect will assume the office of Chair upon the conclusion of the incumbent Chairperson’s two year term. The nine (9) members will serve staggered three-year (3) terms. These elective officers constitute the SIAM Executive Committee. The Chairperson-elect and members of the board will be elected by the membership as outlined in the procedures in Article V.
Any vacancies on the Executive Committee of less than one (1) year will be appointed by Chairperson, with the approval of the Executive Committee for the unexpired term of office.

Section 2.
The ASPA Executive Director or his/her designate shall serve as ex-officio member of the Executive Committee.

Section 3.
In consultation with the Executive Committee, the Chairperson appoints the Newsletter Editor, and special committees or task forces. With the approval of the Executive Committee, the Chairperson may appoint a Treasurer, Secretary and Membership Chair for the Section. The Treasurer, Secretary, Newsletter Editor and Membership Chair shall also serve on the Executive Committee. These officers may be selected among section members outside of the Executive Committee.

Section 4.
The Executive Committee is responsible for the overall performance and functioning of SIAM. Among its responsibilities will be the following:
A. Determining section dues, subject to approval by the ASPA National Council.
B. Approving section annual programs and budget.
C. Adopting positions on issues of relevance to section concerns.
1. Accepting donations, grants, and contracts for the section, subject to ASPA policy regarding this matter.
E. Serving on committees and/or Task Forces as deemed necessary by the Chair, or Executive Committee as a whole.
Decisions shall be taken by majority vote; in case of tie, the Chairperson’s vote shall prevail.
The Chairperson’s responsibilities will include: providing leadership to the Section; representing the Section; chairing the Executive Committee; presiding at section meetings; signing correspondence; supervising implementation of section programs and budget.

ARTICLE V. Elections
Section 1.
All members of the Section on Intergovernmental Administration and Management shall have the right to vote for, and to be nominated to, SIAM elective off ices.

Section 2.
The following election procedures shall be followed:
A. The Chairperson will appoint a Nomination Committee of three (3) members at least four (4) months prior to the annual Section meeting.
B. The Nominating Committee will receive nominations and publish a slate of candidates at least three (3) months prior to the annual Section meeting.
C. The Nominating Committee receive additional nominations from the petition process up to two (2) months prior to the annual Section meeting; such additional nominations to be signed by 25 members of SIAM and accompanied by a statement from the nominee expressing interest and willingness to serve the Section.
D. Ballots will be distributed to the membership at least one (1) month prior to the annual Section meeting. Voting may occur through the distribution of a paper ballot, through email, or through the use of another online instrument. The method of voting will be announced to the membership when the slate of candidates is announced.
E. New officers will be announced at the annual Section meeting.
F. Newly elected officers will assume office at the beginning of the annual Section meeting, to be held in conjunction with the ASPA National Conference.
Please submit your nominations for the three Executive Committee Member positions to Benoy Jacob at benoy.jacob@unlv.edu by December 31, 2016.

SIAM Nominations Committee Seeks Candidates for Executive Committee

The SIAM Nominating Committee, chaired by Benoy Jacob and committee members David Hamilton and Patricia Shields, is seeking 3 candidates for the SIAM Executive Committee. The member positions are for a three-year term, 2017-2020. Please see our SIAM blog for the full list of Executive Committee members.

Our Bylaws govern the slate of officers, their responsibilities, and how elections are to be conducted. Please see Articles IV and V below.
ARTICLE IV. Officers and Their Responsibilities
Section 1.
The officers of SIAM shall be the Chairperson, Chairperson-elect, immediate Past-Chairperson, and nine (9) members of the board. The term of the Chairperson and Chairperson-elect shall be one (2) year term. The Chairperson-elect will assume the office of Chair upon the conclusion of the incumbent Chairperson’s two year term. The nine (9) members will serve staggered three-year (3) terms. These elective officers constitute the SIAM Executive Committee. The Chairperson-elect and members of the board will be elected by the membership as outlined in the procedures in Article V.
Any vacancies on the Executive Committee of less than one (1) year will be appointed by Chairperson, with the approval of the Executive Committee for the unexpired term of office.

Section 2.
The ASPA Executive Director or his/her designate shall serve as ex-officio member of the Executive Committee.

Section 3.
In consultation with the Executive Committee, the Chairperson appoints the Newsletter Editor, and special committees or task forces. With the approval of the Executive Committee, the Chairperson may appoint a Treasurer, Secretary and Membership Chair for the Section. The Treasurer, Secretary, Newsletter Editor and Membership Chair shall also serve on the Executive Committee. These officers may be selected among section members outside of the Executive Committee.

Section 4.
The Executive Committee is responsible for the overall performance and functioning of SIAM. Among its responsibilities will be the following:
A. Determining section dues, subject to approval by the ASPA National Council.
B. Approving section annual programs and budget.
C. Adopting positions on issues of relevance to section concerns.
1. Accepting donations, grants, and contracts for the section, subject to ASPA policy regarding this matter.
E. Serving on committees and/or Task Forces as deemed necessary by the Chair, or Executive Committee as a whole.
Decisions shall be taken by majority vote; in case of tie, the Chairperson’s vote shall prevail.
The Chairperson’s responsibilities will include: providing leadership to the Section; representing the Section; chairing the Executive Committee; presiding at section meetings; signing correspondence; supervising implementation of section programs and budget.

ARTICLE V. Elections
Section 1.
All members of the Section on Intergovernmental Administration and Management shall have the right to vote for, and to be nominated to, SIAM elective off ices.

Section 2.
The following election procedures shall be followed:
A. The Chairperson will appoint a Nomination Committee of three (3) members at least four (4) months prior to the annual Section meeting.
B. The Nominating Committee will receive nominations and publish a slate of candidates at least three (3) months prior to the annual Section meeting.
C. The Nominating Committee receive additional nominations from the petition process up to two (2) months prior to the annual Section meeting; such additional nominations to be signed by 25 members of SIAM and accompanied by a statement from the nominee expressing interest and willingness to serve the Section.
D. Ballots will be distributed to the membership at least one (1) month prior to the annual Section meeting. Voting may occur through the distribution of a paper ballot, through email, or through the use of another online instrument. The method of voting will be announced to the membership when the slate of candidates is announced.
E. New officers will be announced at the annual Section meeting.
F. Newly elected officers will assume office at the beginning of the annual Section meeting, to be held in conjunction with the ASPA National Conference.
Please submit your nominations for the three Executive Committee Member positions to Benoy Jacob at benoy.jacob@unlv.edu by December 31, 2016.

Donald C. Stone Best Student Paper Award

The Donald C. Stone Best Student Paper Award recognizes the best paper on federalism and intergovernmental relations written by a graduate student in the last year (2016). Please email a copy the paper (no more than 20-25 pages, double-spaced) to Committee Chair Cali Curley at Curleyc@iupui.edu. Nominations will be accepted through January 16, 2016.

The awards will be presented at the SIAM Business Meeting during the ASPA National conference in Atlanta from March 17-21, 2017.

Job Posting: Podcast Coordinator for SLGR

State and Local Government Review (SLGR) is seeking applications and nominations for the position of Podcast Coordinator. SLGR is the official journal of the American Society for Public Administration’s the Section on Intergovernmental Administration and Management (SIAM) of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) and published four times a year by Sage Publications, Inc. Since 1968, SLGR has provided a forum for the exchange of ideas among practitioners and academics that contributes to the knowledge and practice of state and local government politics, policy, and management. Like SIAM, the journal has a keen interest not only in state and local government but also in the effective interaction among public officials in a federal system. It seeks to foster the dissemination of information about research and experience that contributes to the understanding and improvement of the intergovernmental system.

In 2011, SLGR decided to capitalize on the opportunities offered by the relatively new medium of podcasting in an effort to further the mission of both the journal and SIAM. At that time, this dynamic, cutting-edge technology was being utilized by only a few academic journals. We and our publisher remain excited about our decision to enter this newly emerging field and believe that the medium represents the wave of the future. To date, nine podcasts have been produced, and the feedback had been overwhelmingly positive from both practitioners and academics alike.

Podcasts are based on articles recently published in SLGR, with the audio files produced from them available through a link on the SLGR website. The primary responsibilities of the Podcast Coordinator are to plan for, develop, and direct/produce at least 3 podcasts per year. More specifically, this would entail identifying the articles to be highlighted in podcasts, having them approved by SLGR Editor and Managing Editor and then preparing an implementation plan for each podcast (i.e., lining-up participants, writing podcast scripts, determining the schedule and format, coordinating with the Editorial Assistant of Social Science Journals at Sage Publications to record podcasts, and directing/producing/serving as moderator, etc.). However, applicants do not need to have extensive technical or media skills or experience, since the people at Sage take care of all of recording and technical matters and details. The Coordinator reports directly to the Managing Editor of SLGR.

As a condition for appointment, SLGR would want at least a three-year commitment to serve in this capacity. While not a condition for selection as the Podcast Coordinator, preference may be given to candidates who are able to arrange with their university/college/department for the following commitments:

• One course release per year
• Work-study student 5-10 hours per semester

Applicants should send a letter of interest which includes a description of one’s qualifications for the position and commitments from one’s department/college/university to support the work of the Coordinator to the SLGR Managing Editor, J. Edwin Benton, via e-mail (jbernton@usf.edu). Inquires and questions should be directed to the SLGR Editor Michael Scicchitano at (352) 846-2874 or mscicc@ufl.edu.

A Resource Library for Cross-Sector Collaboration

The Intersector Project is a New York City-based non-profit organization that seeks to empower practitioners in the government, business, and non-profit sectors to collaborate to solve problems that cannot be solved by one sector alone. The Intersector Project takes forward several years of research in collaborative governance done at the Center for Business and Government at Harvard’s Kennedy School, and creates free, publicly available resources to help practitioners in every sector implement collaborative initiatives.

The Intersector Project has just created and released a new Resource Library, comprising hundreds of quality resources relevant to the field of cross-sector collaboration. The Library includes reports, scholarly and popular articles, books, cases, tools, and multimedia, and spans issue areas, partnership types, and scope (from local to international). You can learn more about how the Library was built here: http://intersector.com/resource-library-about/ and browse its contents here: http://intersector.com/resource/

Seeking Panel Participants – Water Use & Regulation

The call for conference submissions has been issued, and SIAM members are interested in creating a panel on water use/regulation, focusing on intergovernmental issues.  Colorado River, The Great Lakes, Flint…and many other places and issues might be a part of this panel.  If you would like to be a part of this panel, please contact Susan Paddock at spaddock1030@gmail.com by August 15 with a proposed title and focus of your presentation (please, just a brief description).  We’ll put together a panel proposal for the 2017 conference in Atlanta.  Contact Susan if you have any questions.

SIAM

SIAM Executive Committee

Eric Zeemering
Chair
Northern Illinois University
2016-2018

David Miller
Chair-Elect
Pittsburgh State University
2016-2018

Richard Feiock
Past Chair
Florida State University
2016-2018

Benoy Jacob
Council Member
University of Colorado, Denver
2014-2017

Robert E. Lee
Council Member
Florida Gulf Coast University
2014-2017

Barbara McCabe
Council Member
University of Texas at San Antonio
2014-2017

Ann Bowman
Council Member
Texas A&M University
2015-2018

Beverly Cigler
Council Member
Penn State University, Harrisburg
2015-2018

Carl Stenberg
Council Member
University of North Carolina
2015-2018

Christine Palus
Council Member
Villanova University
2016-2019

John Kincaid
Council Member
Lafayette College
2016-2019

Edgar Ramirez
Council Member
Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas A.C.
2016-2019

Abraham David Benavides
ASPA National Council Representative
Ex Officio Member
University of North Texas

Susan Paddock
Treasurer
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Appointed by the Chair

Simon Andrew
Secretary
University of North Texas
Appointed by the Chair

J. Edwin Benton
Membership Chair
University of South Florida
Appointed by the Chair

Jered B. Carr
Newsletter Editor
University of Illinois at Chicago
Appointed by the Chair

Other Section Leaders

Aaron Deslatte
Social Media Coordinator
Florida State University
Appointed by the Chair

Elizabeth Motyka
Update Coordinator/Blogmistress
University of Illinois at Chicago

Michael Scicchitano
Editor, State and Local Government Review
University of Florida

Chris Stream
Awards Coordinator
University of Nevada Las Vegas
Appointed by the Chair

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