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Call for Papers: IIAS Study Group on Efficiency, Effectiveness and Governance

CALL FOR PAPERS ON
“TOOLS AND GOVERNANCE ISSUES
OF PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT & BUDGETING”
by
the IIAS Study Group on Efficiency, Effectiveness and Governance
at
the 2015 IIAS-AGPA CONFERENCE IN SEOUL

The 2015 IIAS-AGPA Conference to be held in Seoul, Korea on 2-4 September 2015 has the theme, ‘Shifting the Governance Paradigms to Enhance Trust in Government’. The conference aims at examining different governance issues and innovative approaches that may impact the public trust in government. It has three sub-themes: a) The Development of Governance in Asian Countries; b) Setting up new relationship between national and local governments, and c) Enhancing national integrity and public service quality.

The IIAS Study Group on “Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Governance”, in collaboration with the IIAS-AGPA conference organizer, proposes to organize papers and panels at the IIAS-AGPA Conference on the third sub-theme of the conference, with a special focus on the use of analytical and managerial tools as well as governance design to enhance the integrity, public trust, and public service quality of the government.

Specifically, we are interested in papers on the following topics:

1. The impact (or lack of impact) of managerial strategies, such as performance budgeting and management, including in the context of decentralization and inter-sectoral governance, on public service quality and public trust.

Papers may address experiences in the application of performance budgeting and performance management reforms, their role in decentralization strategies and inter-governmental and inter-sectoral collaboration, in different countries at different stages of development of governance arrangements. What has worked in terms of improving resource allocation and the effectiveness of government programs, and what have been the key challenges in achieving success and avoiding failures? Are there lessons for other countries?

2. The use of production frontier analysis in performance management and policy research.

Papers may demonstrate how different tools of production frontier analysis, such as data envelopment analysis or stochastic frontier analysis, can be used in
performance management and policy evaluation and how the use of these tools may impact the efforts to enhance the efficiency, effectiveness, and governance of public services. Papers may also discuss the limitations of these tools and the governance challenges of technical efficiency and effectiveness analysis in the public sector.

Papers and panel proposals on these topics with a comparative focus, particularly on countries in the Asia-Pacific Rim, are welcome.

Proposals should be sent to Meili Niu (new_meili@126.com) by May 10. Final papers based on accepted abstracts are to be submitted by August 1, 2015 to Meili Niu.

The IIAS Study Group on Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Governance

The Study Group on “Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Governance” is one of the study groups of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (http://www.iias-iisa.org/), the umbrella organization of different regional public administration associations, including the Asian Group for Public Administration (http://www.iiasagpa.com/en/about/aboutagpa.html). The purpose of the study group is to examine the theories, practices, tools, and governance issues related to government performance and to compare the practices and reform strategies of different countries. The co-chairs of the study group are Alfred T. Ho (University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, USA), Meili Niu (Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China), and Andrew Podger (Australian National University, Canberra, Australia).


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