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Call for Proposals: State and Local Government Review — Deadline Extension to May 1, 2015

MAY 1, 2015
State and Local Government Review
2015 Special Issue on Economic Polarization and Challenges to Subnational Governments
Michael J. Scicchitano, University of Florida, Editor
State and Local Government Reviewinvites authors to submit proposals for the 2015 Special Issue on “Economic Polarization and Challenges to Subnational Governments.”  The focus of the Special Issue will be to examine how subnational governments have been affected by economic polarization and how they have responded to this phenomenon.  The Special Issue will be published as the last issue of State and Local Government Review in 2015.  This publication schedule requires a shorter than normal period for the process of selecting and completing papers for the Special Issue.  Manuscripts published in the Special Issue will be reviewed and considered refereed publications.
One of the challenges that seems to have a profound impact on subnational governments is the increasing economic polarization of the residents and possibly a related loss of the middle class.  This polarization may have consequences such as higher crime rates, issues of increased hunger (especially among school children) and the loss of businesses that mostly serve middle class residents. While subnational governments face ever greater policy challenges they may also have reduced revenues to address these problems.  The 2015 State and Local Government Review Special Issue will examine issues related to the impact of the increased economic polarization on subnational governments.  State and Local welcomes proposals from all disciplines for papers related to this theme.  Below are some specific topics that would be appropriate for the 2015 Special Issue:
·         From a governance perspective, what exactly does the term economic polarization mean?  Does this mean that there is both a decline of a “middle class” and a great divide between the lower and upper income classes?   What are the different manifestations of this phenomenon such as the degree of loss of the middle class as well as economic polarization?  What stage or level of economic polarization can result in policy or governance problems for subnational governments?
·         To what extent do taxing and spending policies at subnational levels redistribute burdens and benefits?
·         What are the specific ways/policy areas that polarization is evident (i.e., education, housing, stagnant wages, etc.)?
·         Has there been a change in the level of middle class loss or economic polarization? If so, when did these changes begin, are they increasing, or is it stable or declining? What are the best techniques to document or monitor these changes?
·         What factors contribute to increased economic polarization–actions by international, national, or subnational governments?
·         What are the implications of middle class loss and/ or economic polarization for subnational governance-i.e. what problems has this caused for subnational governments?
·         What actions have or could subnational governments take to reduce the loss of the middle class and economic polarization as well reduce the impact on their citizens?
·         Why hasn’t societal and economic information shown a capacity to scale effectively across jurisdictional, operational, and organizational boundaries?  Are we missing major policies and monitoring procedures that would identify this process more effectively, leading to more timely policy action?
Please submit a proposal that outlines a specific topic that conveys how subnational governments have been affected by economic polarization and how they have responded to this phenomenon.  Clearly outline the empirical basis for the manuscript, and if your paper is data driven, please indicate whether data has already been collected. Also, identify the current status of the research and writing and the extent to which the manuscript can be completed according to the schedule outlined below.
We encourage proposals from all disciplines including but not limited to public administration, political science, sociology, economics, planning, etc. and expect to publish papers where there is collaboration between academics and practitioners and authors both from inside and outside the U.S.
Note:  Acceptable topics are not limited to those listed above.
Proposals should be submitted between February 25, 2015 and May 1, 2015 to the following email address:  slgrspecial@gmail.com   
The proposals should be double-spaced and include no more than two pages of text.  There is no need to include tables or appendices and references do not count against the two page limit. All proposals will be subject to editorial review.  Please do not send complete papers—if you have a draft of your paper, please note that in the proposal.
Submissions will be evaluated with respect to the following criteria:
·         Relevance. The proposed manuscript should examine issues related to how subnational governments have been affected by economic polarization and how they have responded to this phenomenon.   
·         Viability. The proposal should represent an achievable manuscript project within the tight time constraints required. More detail on the timeline is provided below.
·         Scope of Interest. Papers of broad interest to scholars andprofessionals will be preferred.
·         Organization and Coherence. The proposal should follow a logical structure, read clearly, and thoroughly represent the available research.
·         Insight for Future Work. The proposal should convey important implications for both future research and practice related to local government.
Due to editorial constraints, it is vital for authors to adhere to the following strict timeline. We will not be able to consider late submissions. If you have any questions, please contact the Editor at mscicc@ufl.edu or by phone at (352) 846-2874.
Relevant dates* are as follows:
·         February 25- May 1, 2015: Proposals due to the State and Local Government Review to be sent to slgrspecial@gmail.com  
·         May 15, 2015: Final decision on proposals and initial feedback provided to authors.
·         August 1, 2015: Full draft of paper due to State and Local Government Review.
·         September 1, 2015: Review and feedback to authors on full paper.
·         October 1, 2015: Final paper submitted to State and Local Government Review.  Final manuscripts should be no longer than 18 pages of text with standard margins and font size.
*Please note that these are basic guidelines, each paper may require a different number of revisions or timing to make the October 1, 2015deadline
Feel free to email or call the Editor at mscicc@ufl.edu or by phone at (352) 846-2874.if you have any questions regarding your proposal or manuscript.

SIAM Moves into the Future by Rick Feiock

At the ASPA annual meeting earlier this month SIAM’s membership adopted a new mission statement for the section.  This outcome reflects the thoughtful and tireless work over the last year of the mission and rebranding committee David Miller (co-chair), Jered Carr (co-chair) Barbara McCabe, and Paul Posner.  The adjustment of our mission, and the possibility of changing the section name engaged the membership and strong arguments were advance both for change and for the status quo.  We had the best attended membership meeting that I recall in the last 25 years. 

The proposal for changing the section name proved more controversial than the changes to the mission statement.  Rather than force a vote on the proposed name change at the annual meeting, I supported a motion that was introduced for this issue be taken up by a new committee that would make recommendations for changes to the bylaws consistent with the mission of the section including a possible change to the section name.  This motion passed without opposition. 

I have asked Eric Zeemering, the incoming SIAM executive committee chair to chair this committee.  The committee members that have generously agreed to serve on this committee are:

Eric Zeemering of Northern Illinois University (chair)
Ed Benton, University of South Florida
Benoy Jacob, University of Colorado Denver
Jack Meek, Laverne University and Complexity section liaison to SIAM
David Miller, University of Pittsburgh
Mike Pagano, University of Illinois at Chicago
Christine Kelleher Palus, Villanova University
Carl Stenberg, University of North Carolina
David Warm, Mid-America Regional Council
While this is quite a large committee, I believe that it is important that all of the various views expressed regarding the mission and direction of SIAM be heard and represented in this process.  I am charging the committee to recommend changes to the section bylaws to refine and implement the new mission statement in a manner that will encourage the continued support and attachment of all existing members while making the section more visible and attractive to many potential new members. This is an important task that will shape the future of our section.  

The committee will work closely with the ASPA leadership and National Committee to secure any necessary approvals.  I am requesting that the committee report back recommendations by August 15 to allow at least sixty days for member response and input prior to the executive committee midyear meeting.  The proposed changes will then be posted on the SIAM blog for member comments.  If the proposed changes are approved by the executive committee, they will need to be voted on by the membership at the 2016 membership meeting at ASPA.

Member News: Frances Berry

Prof. Frances Berry was appointed as the Reubin O’D Askew Eminent Scholar in November 2014. Prof. Berry is faculty member of the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at Florida State University.

2015 Deil S. Wright Symposium Papers

Thank you to all who participated in the 2015 Deil S. Wright Symposium. Links for each of the papers are below.

An Exploration of Collaboration Risk in Joint Ventures:Perceptions of Risk by Local Economic Development Officials by Jered B. Carr, Christopher V. Hawkins, & Drew E. Westberg

Taking the High Road: Local Government Managers’ Perceptions on Implementing LocalOption Recreational Marijuana in Colorado by Bruce J. Perlman, Sara Shoemate, Nicholas Edwardson, Michael J. Scicchitano, & Tracy L. Johns

Is the Teaching of Federalism and Intergovernmental RelationsDead or Alive in American Public Administration? by Richard L. Cole & John Kincaid

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs:Energy Efficiency and Growth through State and Local Implementation by Benjamin H. Deitchman

Funding the Built and NaturalEnvironment (Infrastructure) inthe 21st CenturyAn Evolving Example of Deil Wright’sOverlapping Model of IGR by Mark Pisano

The Status of Home Rule in Illinois* by Heidi Koenig

* paper requested from author. When it is received, a link will be developed.

Midwest Public Affairs Conference: Call for Papers

The submittal deadline for the 2015 Midwest Public Affairs Conference is April 1st! This year’s conference is July 911, 2015 in Milwaukee, WI and is hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management. Additionally, we have recently released the first issue of the Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs, which is available at the link below. 

We appreciate your interest, and look forward to meeting you in July!

Best regards,

Stephen Kleinschmit, Ph.D.
President | Midwest Public Affairs Conference

MPAC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization affiliated with the American Society for Public Administration

Congratulations to our Stone Award Recipients!

2015 Stone Award for Best Student Paper: Will Swann
(L-R: Rick Feiock, Will Swann, Chris Hawkins)

2015 Stone Practitioner Award: Peter Austin
(L-R: Rick Feiock, Ed Jennings, Peter Austin)

2015 Stone Scholar Award: Michael Pagano
(L-R: Rick Feiock, Michael Pagano, Ann Bowman)

SIAM General Membership Meeting agenda for Sunday, March 8, 2014

SIAM: General Membership Meeting
Sunday March 8, 2015  4:45 – 6:00 Cominsky room
Welcome (Rick Feiock)
            Announcements and Deil Wright Symposium (Rick Feiock/Carl Stenberg)
Election results (Ed Benton)
                                          i.    Announce election results
                                         ii.    Terms begin at the general membership meeting
Membership Report (Ed Benton)
SLGR report (Michael Scicchitano)
Treasurer’s Report (Susan Paddock)
Newsletter Website and Blog (Jered Carr)
Report on Engaging Junior Scholars (Benoy Jacob)
New Business
Proposed Changes of Bylaws
1. General Updates and Corrections (Eric Zeemering)
2. Proposed Change to the Mission Statement
3. Proposed Change of the Section Name


Call for Information: SIAM Update

Call for Information – SIAM Update

Please help us provide exposure to your professional and academic achievements by contributing to the next issue of SIAM Update. We are seeking to include information on the following topics: 

·  Publication announcements for new reports, books and articles
·  Information on new research or outreach projects you are starting
·  Calls for papers for conference and workshops you are organizing
·  Invited lectures or other significant presentations you have given
·  Paper presentations or panel participation at conferences
·  Grants, fellowships, or awards you have received
·  Promotions or new positions you have accepted
·  Faculty additions, retirements, and other relevant news about your department or program
·  Election to an officer position in a local ASPA chapter
·  Students’ professional accomplishments, including new jobs and promotions, involvement in major research projects, important public sector initiatives, and research publications.

If you are engaged in activities that will be of interest to your fellow members or students, please send materials for the email update to siam.uic.cuppa@gmail.com by end of the day on Monday, March 23, 2015.

Member News: Richard Feiock

Richard Feiock (Florida State University) has been appointed to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, HSC, Board of Scientific Counselors.

Richard Feiock (Florida State University) has received research grant awards of from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection through the Hinckley Center  to conduct longitudinal studies of local green job creation/ and recycling in Florida cities and counties.

Richard Feiock (Florida State University) has received a research grant award from the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy China Program International Fellowship to investigate institutional collective action among local governments in China. 

Feiock, Richard C., Christopher M. Weible, David P. Carter, Cali Curley, Aaron Deslatte, and Tanya Heikkila. “Capturing Structural and Functional Diversity Through Institutional Analysis The Mayor Position in City Charters.” Urban Affairs Review (2014): 1078087414555999.

UAR Article

Member News: Ian Coyle

Ian Coyle (County Administrator, Livingston County, NY) presented an Introduction to County Budget & Finance Issues to newly elected officials at the 90th annual Legislative Conference of the New York State Association of Counties.