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                                        Intergovernmental Management in Transition


                                  March 18, Stuart Room, Westin Hotel, Seattle WA




8:30-8:45 Welcome Richard Feiock and Carl Stenberg


8: 45-10:00 Panel 1: Local Governance and Intergovernmental Management Research

The Rise of Specialized Governance in Federalism: Links between Local Autonomy and Special Districts among States

Yu Shi, University of Illinois at Chicago


The Dynamics of Interorganizational Risk Management Networks: Following the 2015 South Korea MERS Response

KyungWoo (John) Kim, University of North Texas


Does the Structure of Collaboration Matter? The Impact of Federal Stimulus Programs on Policy Outcomes

Chang-Gyu Kwak, Florida State University.


External and Internal Influences on Local Governments to Design Comprehensive Sustainability Programs

Hyungjun Ji, Arizona State University


Why Do Local Leaders Cooperate Across Boundaries? Results from a National Survey Experiment on Mayors and Councilors

Meghan Rubado, Temple University


10:00-10:15 Break


 10:15-11:00 Discussion of Panel 1 Papers

Discussants include editors of State and Local Government Review (Ed Benton), Public Administration Review (Rick Feiock)  Urban Affairs Review (Edgar Ramirez de la cruz)


11:00-12:30 Panel 2:  What Future for SIAM?  Exploring and Adjusting the Mission of ASPA’s Intergovernmental Section

This roundtable features leading scholars and practitioners who served on the committee to review the recent SIAM mission change and make implementation recommendations.  Eric Zeemering will present results of the survey of SIAM members the committee conducted and panel members will provide their thoughts, assessments, and ideas in a dialogue with the other panelists and the audience.


Eric Zeemering, Northern Illinois University (Chair)

Ed Benton, University of South Florida

David Miller, University of Pittsburgh


12:30-1:30  Lunch Break

 1:30-3:00  Panel 3: Local Governance and Intergovernmental Management Research

Bottom-up Federalism: An Examination of U.S. Local Governments’ Climate Change Policy

Benoy Jacob, University of Colorado, Denver, Brian Gerber, Arizona State University, Sam Gallaher, University of Colorado, Denver


Equipment Sharing Among Local Governments

Daniel D. Wendt, Bowling Green State University


Empathy and Ethics in Public Servants: The Role of Public Administration Education in Developing Competencies for Collaborative Governance

Mariglynn Edlins and Stephanie Dolamore, University of Baltimore


Can You Put Food on the Table? Redefining Poverty in America

Maureen Berner and Alexander Vazquez, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill



John Kincaid, Layafette University


3:00-3:15  Break


3:15-4:45  Panel 4: Public Administration and Providing and Managing Collaborative and Environmental Programs in the New Era


Providing Public Services in a Networked and Collaborative Environment

David K. Hamilton, Texas Tech University


The Municipal Governance of Sustainability: Climate Change, Polycentricity, and Public Administration

Dennis Patterson and Robert E. Forbis, Jr., Texas Tech University


Determinants of Change and Innovation in U.S. Local Governments Natural Hazard Management Practices

Brian Gerber, Arizona State University


How can Local Governments be the Building Blocks of Metropolitan Regions if its’ Representatives Can’t Act Regionally?

David Miller, University of Pittsburgh



Beverly Cigler, Penn State Harrisburg


4:45-5:00 Wrap-Up  Richard Feiock,  Eric Zeemering, Carl Stenberg

SIAM: General Membership Meeting: March 19, 2016 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.



Welcome (Rick Feiock) 


Election Results (Mike Pagano)

  1. Announce election results
  2. Terms begin at the general membership meeting

Treasurer’s Report (Susan Paddock)

Membership Composition Report (Hongtao Yi)

SIAM Blog report (Feiock on behalf of Jered Carr)

SLGR report (Michael Scicchitano)

SIAM Section Awards

-Donald Stone Best Student Paper Award

-Donald Stone Practitioner Award

-Donald Stone Scholar Award

Deil Wright Symposium Report (Carl Stenberg)

Report of the Mission Implementation Committee (Eric Zeemering)

New Business

Proposed Changes of Bylaws to implement recommendations of the Mission

Implementation Committee (Eric Zeemering)

Additional new business

Introduction of New Executive Committee Chair 


Panel Discussion on Mission and Future Work: March 18 at 11:00 a.m during the Wright Symposium

We invite all members of SIAM to join us in the ongoing and important discussion about our section’s mission and future work.  The Wright Symposium has become a hallmark event for the presentation of research on federalism and intergovernmental relations.  This year, we invite members to join us for a panel discussion regarding the recent membership survey and work of the mission implementation committee, which will be held during the Wright Sympoisum, March 18 at 11:00 AM.  This panel will provide members an opportunity to hear about the deliberative work of the Mission Implementation Committee, and hear an early preview of their recommendations before the business meeting.  Then, please be sure to attend the section business meeting, scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 2:00 PM.  The SIAM events in Seattle provide us with an opportunity to unite behind our shared interests in federalism, intergovernmental relations, and collaborative management.


Call for Proposals: State and Local Government Review

2016 Special Issue on Political and Ideological Polarization and Its Impact on Subnational Governments

Michael J. Scicchitano, University of Florida, Editor

Political and Ideological polarization in the United States is evident at all levels of government—federal, state and local.  While this polarization is interesting from a political or electoral perspective, it also has profound implications for governance.  The impacts are certainly felt at each level of government but also through the intergovernmental system.

There are at least four plausible dimensions or scenarios resulting from political and ideological polarization.  First, polarization at the national level can have a rippling effect on state and local governments.  Perhaps the most obvious example would be in a policy area like immigration, once thought to be the province of the federal government, where pressing problems associated with it must be resolved by state and local governments since the federal government has been unwilling or unable to craft solutions.  Witness the actions of a number of states that have tried going it alone in dealing with the fallout of no federal government action to deal with the issue of illegal immigration.  Other examples can be found in policy areas (e.g., homeland security, transportation, education, health care, taxation, and economic inequality) where over the years the federal government has articulated an express and overriding interest via federal fiscal assistance or mandates.  Here again, the inability of the federal government to craft realistic solutions or instead sends mixed signals ultimately means that these problems are passed down to the states and even to local governments where they cannot be ignored.  Examples abound like the federal government keeping school districts across the nation in limbo about compliance with No Child Left Behind (NCLB) by procrastinating for years in renewing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  Another example has been Congressional delay in enacting legislation (referred to as a marketplace fairness act) that would produce much-needed additional revenue for state and local governments from Internet sales and other out-of-state retailers. (more…)