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2022 Deil S. Wright Symposium: Call for Proposals

Deil S. Wright Symposium
2022 Call for Proposals
“Intergovernmental Issues of the Biden Presidency”

The Section on Intergovernmental Administration and Management invites scholars and practitioners to submit proposals for papers to be presented at the 8th annual Deil S. Wright Symposium. The symposium honors the career and contributions of Professor Deil S. Wright, who was a charter member of the Section and remained active until his passing in 2009. The Wright Symposium will be held at the national conference of the American Society for Public Administration in Jacksonville, FL.  The date is still being finalized, but it is typically the day before the conference begins.  The theme of the all-day 2022 Wright Symposium will be “Intergovernmental Issues of the Biden Presidency. 

Submission Guidelines

Individual Paper Proposals.  The committee welcomes individual paper proposals of 400 words or less. Proposed papers should feature high-quality theoretical, qualitative, or quantitative research.  Proposals should make their connection to the symposium theme direct and clear.  

Full Panel Proposals.  The committee also welcomes the submission of complete panels consisting of four papers and a chair.  Panel submissions should bring together complementary papers that tackle compelling research questions or theoretical frameworks related to the symposium theme.

Panel proposals should include a panel title and description (400 words or less), the panel chair, and four individual paper proposals (400 words or less each). Each paper proposal will be evaluated separately on whether it meets the criteria for individual paper submissions.

Panel chairs are encouraged to incorporate diverse participants in panels, whether in gender, race, institution, rank, disciplinary perspective, or methodology.

The program committee may alter panels to remove individual papers that do not meet review criteria or to add an individual paper submission that fits well with the panel, particularly if dropouts occur. The program committee plans to do so sparingly.

Submission Process

Proposals for the symposium should be submitted by email to Christine Palus (christine.palus@villanova.edu) before November 13, 2021.  The Wright Symposium planning committee – Christine Palus (Villanova University), Chris Hawkins (University of Central Florida), and David Swindell (Arizona State University), will review proposals and make decisions by December 1, 2021.  Questions can be directed to committee members.  Please circulate this call for papers among interested colleagues.

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, joined by the Presidential Cabinet members, pose for a Cabinet portrait Thursday, April 1, 2021, in the Grand Foyer of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

Open Search for Dean of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (CUPPA)

The College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs.

“The University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (CUPPA). The university seeks an experienced, committed, and visionary leader. The newly appointed Dean will help realize CUPPA’s mission building on its highly-regarded, cutting-edge research and scholarship, academic programs, public policy development, and community partnerships. The Dean reports to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, is the Executive Officer for the College, and is a member of the University Deans Council.” Read more about the position here: https://adminsearches.uic.edu/current/cuppa/

For fullest consideration, please complete an electronic application, including a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for a minimum of three references by Monday, September 27th, addressed to the search committee chair, Dr. Rebecca Rugg, Dean and Professor, College of Architecture, Design and the Arts.

2021 ASPA Deil Wright Symposium

April 9, 2021



Introductions and Welcome


The Future of Fiscal Federalism 

Nicholas Jacobs
Colby College
If Congress Can’t Budget, Can It Influence Intergovernmental Relations?

Carmina Jimenez Quiroga & Heidi Jane M. Smith
CENTRUS/Universidad Iberoamericana
Fiscal Sustainability of Mexican Debt Decisions: Is Bad Behavior Rewarded? 

Yoon-Jung Choi
Syracuse University 
Too Many Governments and Not Enough Government: Does Citizen Voice Restrain Government Growth?  

Discussant:     Paul Chalekian
University of Nevada, Reno


Rethinking Models of Intergovernmental Relations

Claudia Badulescu-Colfer
European University Institute  
Overcoming dysfunctional integration through domestic administrative capacity building: a new approach to Europeanization   

Ricardo A. Bello-Gomez
Indiana University 
National and Subnational Bureaucracies’ Capacity for Service Provision: A Human-Capital Approach to Decentralized Governance    

Sara Kuehlhorn Friedman
Portland State University
Immigration Federalism in the U.S.: A New Theoretical Model

Matt Bagwell
Tarleton State University 
Intergovernmental Collaboration or Conflict? 

Discussant: TBA

Lunch Break

Studying and Practicing Intergovernmental Relations and Federalism Across Fields

Carol Weissert and Matthew Uttermark
Florida State University
Going Deep: Studying Charter Schools from the Bottom Up 

John Kincaid
Lafayette College
A Research Agenda for Federalism Studies

Jason Webb Yackee and Susan Webb Yackee
University of Wisconsin – Madison
Using Wright’s ASAP Data from 1964-2008 to Study Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations:  New Data for Scholars and Practitioners

Discussant: TBA

Wrap Up