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DEIL S. WRIGHT SYMPOSIUM 2017 CALL FOR PAPERS

The Section on Intergovernmental Administration and Management (SIAM) invites scholars and practitioners to submit proposals for papers to be presented at the 4th 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 a preconference event held on Friday, March 17, 2017 at the national conference of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) in Atlanta, Georgia.

The theme of the all-day symposium is “Evidence-Based Intergovernmental Management: Knowledge at Work.” It will focus on U.S. federalism and comparative federalism. Through decades of research on federalism and intergovernmental relations, public administration scholars have generated knowledge about effective governance and management in federal systems. While the cumulative lessons of this research may be familiar to some, they have not been discussed widely by scholars or used by professional public managers. Today, public officials are expected to take evidence-based approaches to policy design and implementation, and the record of research evidence about what has worked and what has failed to produce desired results would be an invaluable resource. Scholars of federalism, intergovernmental relations, intergovernmental management, and collaborative management can help improve federal systems by providing meta-analyses and synthesizing evidence in the field to inform practice. The 2017 Wright Symposium provides an excellent forum for doing so.

 

Proposed paper topics are invited that would help scholars and government professionals better understand what we have learned from the cumulative research on intergovernmental relations and management.  Papers are welcome to advance new research propositions, identify research gaps, or provide empirical evidence. The goal is to emphasize for public managers how evidence can be used to shape intergovernmental management practice.  Topics might include, but are not limited to the:

  • Design, accountability, and evaluation of intergovernmental grants and programs, including revenue sharing and fiscal equalization;
  • Development of collaborative intergovernmental competencies or skills by federal, regional, state, and local public managers;
  • Effectiveness of elected executives in managing intergovernmental relations in presidential and parliamentary federal systems;
  • Effectiveness of intergovernmental, interjurisdictional, and intersectoral management networks;
  • Value of intergovernmental institutions, such as the U.S. Advisory Commission on

Intergovernmental Relations, Council of Australian Governments, or the White House Office on Intergovernmental Affairs;

  • Impact of federalism executive orders or presidential decrees on intergovernmental relations;
  • Impacts of federal mandates and conditions attached to federal grants-in-aid;
  • Effectiveness of regulatory waivers;
  • Diffusion of evidence-based practices horizontally across constituent units such as states, provinces, and cantons;
  • Performance of regional governments and organizations, such as consolidated or amalgamated local governments, metropolitan governments, councils of governments, and city-states;
  • Advantages and disadvantages of optional forms of local government;
  • Consequences of litigation for the authority of public managers in intergovernmental programs;
  • Impacts of court orders, consent decrees, and other judicial interventions into intergovernmental relations.

 

Proposals for the symposium should be submitted by email to Carl Stenberg (stenberg@sog.unc.edu) before October 1. Proposals should be well developed and clearly demonstrate the ability to deliver a finished paper. The Wright Symposium planning committee – Ann Bowman, John Kincaid, Michael McGuire, Eric Zeemering, and Carl Stenberg — will review proposals and make decisions by October 22.  Questions can be directed to committee members.  Please circulate this call for papers among interested colleagues.

Deil Wright Symposium Presenters

 

Presenters at the Deil Wright Symposium (L-R): Chang-Gyu Kwak (Florida State University), Meghan Rubado (Temple University), Yu Shi (University of Illinois at Chicago), Hyungjun Ji (Arizona State University), KyungWoo (John) Kim (University of North Texas), Dr. Richard Feiock (Florida State University).

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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.

 

2016 Deil S. Wright Symposium: Friday, March 18, 2016

      

2016 DEIL S. WRIGHT SYMPOSIUM ANNOUNCEMENT

The Section on Intergovernmental Administration and Management (SIAM) invites ASPA members to attend the 2016 Deil S. Wright Symposium at the 2016 ASPA national conference in Seattle. The symposium honors the career and contributions of Professor Deil S. Wright, who was a charter member of SIAM and remained active until his passing in 2009. The all-day meeting on Friday, March 18 will feature cutting edge research on local governance and intergovernmental management by outstanding doctoral candidates and junior scholars, collaborating with faculty members, as well as a panel discussion on the Section’s mission. The theme of the symposium is “Intergovernmental Management in Transition” Following is the preliminary agenda.

    

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            
Policy Abandonment at Multiple Levels of Government: Understanding Why State and Local Governments Abandon Economic Development Incentives
Eric Stokan, George Washington 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, Public Administration Review, Urban Affairs Review
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.
Participants
Eric Zeemering, Northern Illinois University (Chair)
Ed Benton, University of South Florida
David Miller, University of Pittsburgh
David Warm, Executive Director, Mid-America Regional Council
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
Discussant
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
The Conflicted Role of Professional Managers: Help Guild or Insulate from the Metropolitan Region
David Miller, University of Pittsburgh
Discussant
Beverly Cigler, Penn State Harrisburg

 

4:45-5:00 Wrap-Up  Richard Feiock and Eric Zeemering

Deil Wright Symposium: Draft Schedule

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    2016 DEIL WRIGHT SYMPOSIUM
INTERGOVERNMENTAL MANAGEMENT IN TRANSITION
                                    Westin Hotel, Seattle, WA, March 18, 2016 

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

8: 45-10:00 Panel 1:  Outstanding Student/Junior Scholar Research on Local Governance and Intergovernmental Management

This panel will showcase cutting edge research on local governance and intergovernmental management from outstanding doctoral candidates and junior scholars were selected for presentation on this panel.  

Paper #1
The Rise of Specialized Governance in Federalism: Links between Local Autonomy and Special Districts among States
Yu Shi, University of Illinois at Chicago

Paper #2
The Dynamics of Interorganizational Risk Management Networks: Following the 2015 South Korea MERS Response  
John Woo, University of North Texas            

Paper #3
Policy Abandonment at Multiple Levels of Government: Understanding Why State and Local Governments Abandon Economic Development Incentives
Eric Stoken, Georgetown University

Paper #4
External and Internal Influences on Local Governments to Design Comprehensive Sustainability Programs
Hyungjun Ji, Arizona State University

Paper #5
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, Public Administration Review, Urban Affairs Review

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 panel members and the audience.

Participants:

Eric Zeemering, Northern Illinois University (chair)

Ed Benton, University of South Florida

David Miller, University of Pittsburgh

David Warm, Executive Director, Mid-America Regional Council

12:30-1:30  Lunch Break

1:30-3:00  Panel 3: Outstanding Student/Junior Scholar/ Faculty Research on Local Governance and Intergovernmental Management

This panel showcases cutting edge research on local governance and intergovernmental management topics from outstanding doctoral candidates and junior scholars, collaborating with faculty members.

Paper #1
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

Paper #2
Equipment Sharing Among Local Governments
Daniel D. Wendt, Bowling Green State University

Paper #3
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

Paper #4
Can You Put Food on the Table? Redefining Poverty in America
Maureen Berner and Alexander Vazquez, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Discussant
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

This panel focuses on some of the current and emerging challenges confronting intergovernmental management, including the competencies that will be needed to navigate transitionary times.

Paper #1
Providing Public Services in a Networked and Collaborative Environment
David K. Hamilton, Texas Tech University

Paper #2
Public Administration and Environmental Sustainability Policy
Dennis Patterson and Robert E. Forbes, Jr., Texas Tech University

Paper #3
Determinants of Change and Innovation in U.S. Local Governments Natural Hazard Management Practices
Brian Gerber, Arizona State University

Paper #4
The Conflicted Role of Professional Managers: Help Guild or Insulate from the Metropolitan Region
David Miller, University of Pittsburgh

Discussant
Beverly Cigler, Penn State Harrisburg


4:45-5:00 Wrap-Up  Richard Feiock and Eric Zeemeringf

DEIL S. WRIGHT SYMPOSIUM ANNOUNCEMENT

The Section on Intergovernmental Administration and Management (SIAM) invites ASPA members to submit proposals for papers to be presented at the 2016 Deil S. Wright Symposium. The symposium honors the career and contributions of Professor Deil S. Wright, who was a charter member of SIAM and remained active until his passing in 2009. The Wright Symposium will be held as a preconference event at the 2016 ASPA national conference in Seattle. The all-day meeting will feature morning student research sessions, and workshops on research and academic careers in intergovernmental management.   The afternoon symposium will feature roundtables and research paper presentations as well as panel discussion on the Section’s mission. The afternoon sessions will feature research panels (up to 12 papers).

The theme of the afternoon symposium is “Intergovernmental Management in Transition” Proposed workshop and research panel paper topics are invited relating to the following topical questions:

How prepared are local managers to deal with ethical and accountability issues arising from the abuse of discretionary authority by public safety personnel?

Has public administration education kept abreast of developments and related competencies in collaborative governance?

What are the latest theories, emerging issues, and research results in metropolitan governance?

What trends and innovations, in the United States or other countries, could significantly affect the future course of intergovernmental management?

  Proposals should be sent to Carl Stenberg (stenberg@sog.unc.edu), David Hamilton (david.hamilton@ttu.edu), and Richard Feiock (rfeiock@fsu.edu) by October 1, 2015. 

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.