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Report on SIAM Mission Statement and Name

SIAM members,
Following the annual section business meeting I appointed a committee chaired by Eric Zeemering to make recommendations regarding the implementation of the new mission statement adopted at that meeting. The committee took this task quite seriously and after much work and deliberation reported back the attached recommendations that include a revised and more concise statement of the section mission. At the section executive council meeting earlier this month voted unanimously to send the committee recommendation to the full membership at the annual meeting with a recommendation that the proposed changes be adopted. I have attached the committee report here. Also note that the Deil Wright Symposium will include a panel discussion on the mission of SIAM. I encourage everyone to attend the Deil Wright Symposium and the annual business meeting which will be Saturday, March 19 – 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm.
Best regards
Rick Feiock
SIAM Exec council chair


To:         Rick Feiock, Chair and SIAM Executive Committee 
From:     Mission Implementation Committee 
RE:        Report on SIAM Mission Statement and Name 
Date:      December 17, 2015 


For several years, the Section on Intergovernmental Administration and Management (SIAM) has been engaged in a discussion about the section’s future, strategic goals, and declining membership.  When Rick Feiock became section chair, he signaled the need for the section to confront the trend of declining membership by aligning our work with the most salient topics in our subfield of public administration.  A committee, chaired by David Miller and Jered Carr, brought recommendations to the 2015 section business meeting to update the mission statement and section name.  The membership adopted the new mission statement by a vote of sixteen (yes) to fourteen (no).  The mission implementation committee was appointed to continue the dialogue about the new mission statement and section name. 

The mission implementation committee began work by conference call on May 7, 2015.  The committee decided to survey the membership of the section in order to make sure that our efforts align with the goals and views of the membership.  The survey was available to the membership between September 1 and September 18, 2015.  The survey was sent to 237 members.  Ninety surveys were completed for a response rate of 37.97%.  The committee reconvened by conference call on October 20, 2015 to discuss the results.  Additional deliberations occurred by email through the month of November.  This memo summarizes key findings from the membership survey and the committee’s recommendations regarding the section mission statement. 

Membership Survey 

The survey results, provided in an attachment for the executive committee, show some disagreement within the membership about the mission statement.  While 62 percent of the membership reports they are satisfied or very satisfied with the section’s old mission statement, 55 percent report they are very satisfied or satisfied with the new mission statement.  When asked about the importance of various topics to the section, intergovernmental relations (1.76) received the most salient score on a scale from 1 to 10, with intergovernmental management (2.20), intergovernmental administration (2.28) and federalism (2.72) not far behind.  Collaborative governance (2.98), state‐local relations (2.50) and interlocal relations (2.79) also received support.  Network governance (3.86), metropolitan governance (3.86) and urban affairs (4.7) appear less salient. 

The committee reviewed open responses to the question, “Would you recommend any specific additions or revisions to the mission statement?”  Several respondents signaled that both the old and new mission statements are verbose and cover too much content.  Respondents signaled that mission statements should be short and focused.  The committee took these recommendations seriously during our deliberations.   

The survey also showed split opinion about a change to the section’s name.  On a scale of 1 (unimportant) to 10 (important), the mean was 4.56.  Thirty one respondents selected 1 or 2 to signal low importance.  Fourteen selected 9 or 10 to signal high importance.  Thirty one selected 4, 5, or 6, which might be interpreted as uncertainty or ambivalence.  Given these results, the mission implementation committee chose to focus attention on the mission statement. 

Committee Recommendations 

The mission implementation committee agreed with the survey respondents who stated that both the old mission statement and the new mission statement attempt to convey too much information about the section’s interests and goals.  We set out to craft a concise statement focused on the core of the membership’s shared interests in intergovernmental relations and intergovernmental management within a federal system.  After extensive debate and careful revision, the committee recommends the following mission statement to the executive committee: 

The Section serves as a forum for the study, understanding, and improvement of dynamic federal systems and other forms of intergovernmental relations wherein national, state, and local governments address policy and management issues. 

We believe this mission statement identifies common ground for the section membership.  This statement speaks to the historic roots of the section while also signaling our ongoing interest in the scholarship and practice of intergovernmental relations.  We ask the executive committee to bring this proposal to the general membership at the 2016 meeting of ASPA in Seattle. 

Remaining Questions 

The mission implementation committee acknowledges the dialogue about the future of SIAM will continue.  Rick Feiock and Carl Stenberg are providing a venue for ongoing discussion by allowing committee members to participate in a special panel during the Wright Symposium at the ASPA meeting in 2016.  The section is making every effort to have an open and transparent dialogue about how we maintain a vibrant section focused on salient topics and activities that engage the membership. Several questions remain for the section.  First, is a change to the section name necessary?  While we see divided opinion within the current section membership, we have no sense of external perceptions of the section.  We do not know if, as suggested at the last membership meeting, the name serves as a barrier to entry for ASPA members.  Second, which services and activities provided to the section membership are most important?  The survey did not attempt to assess the value the membership places on the Wright Symposium at the annual conference, the section newsletter, or the subscription to State and Local Government Review.  Third, if the membership approves a more concise mission statement, can this sharper focus help with membership recruitment?  As the membership has engaged in dialogue about the mission, membership remains static.  The membership should consider how to engage new participants in section activities.  We hope that dialogue among section members at the 2016 meeting can help address these three questions.

SLGR seeking local government practitioners for comment on article

The Governance Matters (GM) section of the State and Local Government Review (SLGR) is looking for assistance in identifying local government practitioners who have undergone or closely studied local government (that is, city-county) or regional consolidation to read and comment on an article on that topic to be published in SLGR GM.  The selected practitioners would participate by teleconference in a roundtable discussion of the article which would be summarized in an introductory article in the same GM section and their views would be credited by name in the issue.  If you know of someone who you think would be a knowledgeable and willing contributor to this endeavor, please contact GM Editor, Bruce Perlman at bperlman@unm.edu

Member News: Patricia Atkins, Catherine Collins, Lisa Lowry

Published in State Tax Notes October 19, 2015 is the article “Real Estate Transfer Taxes: Widely Used, Little Conformity” by Patricia Atkins, Associate Research Professor, George Washington Institute of Public Policy, with co-authors Catherine Collins and Lisa Lowry. The article reviews the current status of real estate taxes related to the transfer and recording of deeds and mortgages in the states and localities. It utilizes data obtained through the Significant Features of the Property Tax project, a joint venture between the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and the George Washington Institute of Public Policy. The website can be accessed by all at no cost at https://www.lincolninst.edu/subcenters/significant-features-property-tax/ and makes available additional data on other property tax topics.

Request for Nominations: Stone Practitioner & Scholar Awards

Donald C. Stone (1903-1995) was a major and beloved figure in twentieth-century public administration. He was the founder of the American Public Works Association (APWA), served as the first Director of the Public Administration Service, and was a principal architect of the Executive Office of the President (EOP) in 1939 based on the 1937 recommendations of the Brownlow Commission. He was the first Director of the Division of Administrative Management of the Bureau of the Budget within the EOP, worked as Director of Administration of the Marshall Plan in 1948, helped found the National Academy of Public Administration in 1967, and served as Dean of the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh.
The Section on Intergovernmental Administration and Management (SIAM) established the Stone awards in 1980. The first awards were made in 1981. The principal criteria for the Practitioner and Scholar awards are:
·         Significant contributions to the practice and/or study of intergovernmental relations over a substantial period of time
·         Contributions that have made an impact on the practice and/or study of intergovernmental management as a whole rather than only on a specific organization, institution, or function.

Ray Remy
David B. Walker
Donna Shalala
Alan R. Siegle
Deil S. Wright
Edward T. Kelly
Mavis Mann Reeves
Wayne F. Anderson
Martha Derthick
Sen. David F. Durenberger
Daniel J. Elazar
Gov. Richard Snelling
Richard Nathan
Gov. Bruce Babbitt
Neal Peirce
Louis Gambaccini
George E. Peterson
John Herbers
Samuel H. Beer
Frank H. Shafroth
Paul E. Peterson
George Van Dusen
John Kincaid
Zachary Taylor
Thomas R. Dye
William Edgar
David Beam
Carl W. Stenberg III
Beverly A. Cigler
Gov. Parris Glendening
Dale Krane
Gerald Miller
Steven D. Gold
William G. Coleman
Joseph F. Zimmerman
Patricia S. Florestano
Ann O’M. Bowman
David Morgan
Scott Fosler
Laurence O’Toole
William H. Hansell, Jr.
Robert Agranoff
William Dodge
Susan A. MacManus
Richard Sheirer
Beryl Radin
Anthony Griffin
Richard Campbell
Jeffrey Tryens
Charldean Newell
David Warm
Donald F. Kettl
Paul Posner
Myrna Mandell
Alan Ehrenhalt
James Svara
Bruce D. McDowell
Carol S. Weissert
Raymond C. Scheppach
Charles Wise
William R. Barnes
Richard Feiock
No Award
No Award
Sam Mamet
Frank J. Thompson
Bill Stafford
Kurt Thurmaier
No Award
No Award
Peter Austin
Michael Pagano

The Stone Scholar Award Committee cordially invites all SIAM members to nominate candidates for the Donald Stone Distinguished Scholar Award for 2016.  This prestigious award, given since 1981, recognizes (1) significant contributions to the practice and/or study of intergovernmental relations over a substantial period of time and (2) contributions that have made an impact on the practice and/or study of intergovernmental management as a whole rather than only on a specific organization, institution, or function.
Please send us your nominations no later than January 25, 2016, to John Kincaid, Chairperson, at kincaidj@lafayette.edu, Naim Kapucu at kapucu@ucf.edu, and Kimberly Nelson at knelson@sog.unc.edu.  Thank you.


The ASPA Section on Intergovernmental Administration & Management (SIAM) is soliciting nominations for the section’s annual Donald C. Stone Practitioner Award.  Since 1981, SIAM has recognized outstanding practitioners for their contributions to intergovernmental management.  The award will be presented to one practitioner at the 2016 annual meeting in Seattle.  The criteria for the award include:
        Significant continuous contributions to the field of intergovernmental management over a substantial period of time
         Contributions that have made an impact in the field of IGM as a whole rather than on a specific organization, institution or function
Nominations for the SIAM Stone Award are now being accepted.  Nominations should include the name and institutional affiliation of the nominee and of the nominator, a short statement explaining the nominee’s contributions to intergovernmental management commensurate with the criteria for the award, and contact information for both the nominee and the nominator.  Nominees and nominators need not be members of SIAM. 

 Please submit your nominations electronically to award committee chair Michael Peddle at mpeddle@niu.edu.  Any questions may also be directed to Dr. Peddle.  For the nomination to be considered by the committee, please submit your nomination before 5:00 pm CST on Monday January 25, 2016.  

Upcoming Conference: The Next Generation of Public Finance

The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies invites you to submit paper proposals for our spring conference “The Next Generation of Public Finance.” This conference will be held May 5-6, 2016, at Georgia State University. The focus of the conference is on topics that will be front center in the policy debate in the coming decades on the national and subnational levels. Practitioners as well as academics are encouraged to submit proposals. Please email all proposals by February 1, 2016 to Amber Slyter at aslyter1@gsu.edu. Please direct questions to Sally Wallace at swallace@gsu.edu. Proposals will be reviewed and competitively selected.


Next Generation of Public Finance Conference
May 56, 2016
Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University
14 Marietta Street NW,Atlanta, Georgia
We are seeking paper proposals for a conference on Next Generation of Public Finance.
Current policy challenges including globalization, income inequality, demographic changes, and contingent liabilities call for renewed efforts to identify solutions. The field of public finance is being    challenged    to    think    about thesechallenges    with    new    tools    including field experiments, unprecedented amounts of data, and an expanded view of behavioral economics.
The Next Generation of Public Finance Conference seeks to focus on topics that we think will be front and center in the policy debate in the coming decades.  We invite proposal for papers that examine these and other policy issues at the national and subnational levels in domestic and international contexts utilizing a variety of empirical techniques. Proposals will be reviewed and competitively selected.
Possible areas include, but are not limited to: Behavioral responses to taxation
Public budgeting
Public financial management Evaluation of public expenditures Contingent liabilities
Deadline for proposals:February 1, 2016
Proposals should include title, abstract, authors. Abstracts should not be longer than 2 pages.
Participants may be asked to serve as a discussant. Travel grants will be available to cover the
cost of travel and hotel forone author per paper.
Proposals should be submitted to Ms. Amber Slyter at  aslyter1@gsu.edu.  Questions should be directed to Professor Sally Wallace,  swallace@gsu.edu.
Location & Schedule
The conference will take place at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia. The conference will begin at 8:00 am on Thursday, May 5tand will end at1:30 pm on Friday, May 6th.

Registration, Hotel and Travel Information will be available in February 2016 on the
Andrew Young School of Policy Studies website:  aysps.gsu.edu

The Andrew Young School of Policy of Studies is ranked among the top 25 policy schools in the nation and among the top 5 for public finance and budgeting. Located in downtown Atlanta, at the center of one of the countrys largest hubs for government and nonprofit employment, AYSPS is recognized internationally forits impact on public policy and management. Our faculty andalumni work with and in local, state and national governments around the world to advance economic opportunity, human rights, and social justice led by the philosophy of our namesake, Ambassador Andrew Young.

Member News: W. Bartley Hildreth

W. Bartley Hildreth, Professor, in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University also serves as (part-time) Executive Director of the National Tax Association – Tax Institute of America. Founded in 1907, NTA is the leading association of tax professionals and tax economists dedicated to advancing understanding of the theory and practice of public finance. NTA has a two-person office in D.C. and is the publisher of the National Tax Journal.

Tribute to Former SLGR Managing Editor, Leslie Lamb

Leslie Lamb

On August 24, SAGE honored Leslie Lamb for her distinguished service as Managing Editor of the State and Local Government Review.  A beautiful plaque was presented to Leslie at a luncheon hosted by Dr. Richard Campbell who was previously State and Local Editor. Mike Scicchitano, the current Editor, called during the luncheon to offer his congratulations to Leslie.

Leslie did a superlative job during her stint as Managing Editor and was able to make it possible for a seamless transition for State and Local from The Carl Vinson Institute at the University of Georgia to SAGE.  Her affable personality, commitment to excellence, and team spirit approach to her job were genuine qualities that were noticed by everyone who came into contact with her. 

Congratulations Leslie! 

SGLR Blog News

Over the last several months, articles published in State and Local Government Reviewhave received increased attention as featured content on state, national, and international blogs.  Most recently, an article by Kathleen Marchetti entitled “Consider the Context: How State Policy Environments Shape Interest Group Advocacy” (Volume 47, September 2015 issue) was the subject of a blog post on the London School of Economics (LSE), US Centre’s daily blog on American Politics and Policy (USAPP).  Earlier this year, the same blog highlighted research from Marcia L. Godwin’s article “Civic Engagement and Fiscal Stress in American Cities:  Insights from the Great Recession” (SLGR 2014 Special Issue: Volume 47, December issue). 

At the state and local government level, blogs statescoop and Route 50 spotlighted work from Lowatcharin and Menifield’s SLGR article “Determinants of Internet-Enabled Transparency at the Local Level: A Study of Midwestern County Websites” (Volume 47, June 2015 issue).

Blogs are a great venue for connecting SLGR-published research with practitioners.  For example, a link to Godwin’s blog post was emailed by Public Agenda staff to a participatory budgeting research group and the executive director of a participatory politics organization also tweeted about the relevance of the post.  Sage, the publishers of SLGR, provided a link to the original article, which led to Godwin’s article being the most read SLGR article for the month when the blog was posted.

Links to all blogs and articles mentioned above are available on the SLGR blog at slgrjournal.wordpress.com.  Please check them out and join the dialogue. 

SLGR’s Young Scholars Research Program

As word continues to spread about State and Local Government Review’s Young Scholars Research Program, we constantly are receiving encouragement and positive feedback as well as praise for recognizing the need for this program and launching it two years ago.  To date, we have received a steady stream of inquiries about how the program works and whether one’s research would be of interest to State and Local.  Even if a manuscript is not something that we think would be of interest to State and Local’s audience, Editor Mike Scicchitano provides feedback to authors about such critical matters as presenting a clear research question early on in the manuscript, providing a sound and complete literature review from which to generate hypotheses, carefully selecting appropriate data to test hypotheses, crafting valid and reliable measures of independent and dependent variables, choosing appropriate an methodology and statistics, providing a clear presentation of one’s findings, delineating the implications of one’s findings for existing theories or practitioner consumption, and offering ideas for future research.  

Since the inception of the Program, we have refined the review process to facilitate the flow of and feedback for manuscripts.  Initially, Mike Scicchitano would review manuscripts or abstracts submitted to him on an informal basis and then determine if they were potentially suitable for SLGR based on the subject matter and the quality of the research.  If a manuscript was deemed appropriate for the journal, he would provide some feedback as to how it could be improved before the author(s) submitted her/his/their manuscript for an official review.  Presently, manuscripts that are judged to be potentially suitable for State and Local by the Editor are examined in an initial review process. The manuscripts are sent to 2-3 recognized scholars in the subject area for an initial blind review to determine if the paper has enough merit to warrant encouraging the author(s) to continue developing the manuscript.  The referees are informed that the manuscript is being considered for an initial review under the Young Scholars program. To help us tractk manuscripts submitted under the Program, Sage has created a new category in the submission process called “Young Scholars.” Comments and suggestions of the reviewers from this initial screening are forwarded to the author(s) to use in improving their research.  Authors of those manuscripts that receive positive initial reviews are invited to submit the paper for a formal review.  Once submitted, the manuscript goes through the same review process that all manuscripts are subject to. 
Those “young scholars” inquiring about the Program seem to be genuinely excited that such a Program has been created and many are anxious to take advantage of it.  Equally excited and supportive are established, well-published scholars that we have asked to review the manuscripts in the initial screening stage; no one has turned us down to review a manuscript.  Moreover, the Program has been lauded by senior public administration and political science faculty who see it as something that was long overdue and fills a tremendous void in the faculty development process. The Young Scholars program has generated substantial good will and visibility for State and Local
A clear testament to the recognition of the value and importance of the Young Scholars Research Program is the following Letter to the Editor that was recently published in PA Times and written by Kathleen Marchetti.  Professor Marchetti has an article in the September 2015 issue of SLGR that was submitted to us under the Program.  Her letter reads as follows:
Subject:  Why young scholars should consider State and Local Government Review?

I recently published an article with State and Local Government Review (SLGR),the journal produced by ASPA’s Section on Intergovernmental Administration and Management.  I had been familiar with SLGR as a source for research on state and local politics and during the review process I was pleased to learn more about the journal’s Young Scholars Research Program.  As described in an October 2014 PA Times post, SLGR’s Young Scholars Research Program “… is designed to assist young scholars with publishing in academia…” through “…consultation and guidance in support of their efforts to get published in State and Local Government Review(SLGR)—or in other journals.”  This valuable and unique program provides junior faculty and graduate students the opportunity to work directly with SLGR’s editorial staff to refine their work for publication. It is important to note that this program is not a guarantee of acceptance; articles go through the full peer review process and typically require revisions prior to publication.  What makes this program different is the editor’s (Mike Scicchitano) willingness to work closely with authors on revising and improving their manuscript.  Many of us are used to brief, sporadic communication with journal editors (after all, they are typically very busy individuals) so the opportunity to work with an editor one-on-one is very rare indeed.  The Young Scholars Research Program is a great resource for graduate students and junior faculty and one that I’ll certainly recommend to colleagues who are doing relevant work.  

– Kathleen Marchetti, Dickinson College
Kathleen Marchetti
Assistant Professor
Dickinson College
Department of Political Science
PO Box 1773
Carlisle, PA 17013-2896

Please assist us in advertising the Program to young scholars in your department, school, or program or other young scholars (e.g., your former graduate students who have now entered the real world of academic) that you know who would be interested in it and could possibly benefit from the invaluable experience it offers.

Please welcome Brianne Heidbreder, New SLGR Reviews & Essays (R&E) Editor

Dear SIAM Members,
I am Brianne Heidbreder and would like to briefly introduce myself as the new Editor for the Reviews and Essays section of State and Local Government Review.  I am currently serving as an Associate Professor in the Political Science Department at Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS, where I live with my husband and daughter.  I received a BA from Minnesota State University, Moorhead (2001), a MA from Kansas State University (2004), and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (2008).  My teaching and research interests fall at the intersection of state and local politics and policy and public administration, and I have published in scholarly outlets such as State Politics & Policy Quarterly, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Politics & Policy, and State and Local Government Review. Needless to say, I am excited and eager to begin my work at SLGR
I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as Editor of the Reviews and Essays (R&E) section of SLGR.  The R&E section publishes review essays synthesizing research on important topics in state and local government and intergovernmental relations.  The R&E section also welcomes essays that synthesize applied research in state and local government and discuss implications for our theoretical understanding of intergovernmental relations and public administration.  While we prefer not to publish reviews of single books, the section may include essays that reflect on books that have had an enduring impact on research in these fields or book review essays that critically frame and compare the contributions of several significant books.  We also have published essays based on interviews with prominent scholars (for example, Deil Wright) who discuss and/or evaluate the state of the discipline or status of research in various areas.  
During 2015 (Volume 47, Issues 1, 2 and 3, respectively), the R&E section included articles pertaining to redistribution policy at the local level in an era of devolution (Michael Craw), conceptualizing and operationalizing planning capacity (Carolyn Loh), and practicing greater transparency to enhance responsiveness and trust in local government (Gregory Porumbescu).  The March 2016 issue will feature an essay based on Professor Ann Bowman’s assessment of the change and continuity in the study of state and local government and politics.
I look forward to working with the editorial team and continuing the strong tradition of promoting quality scholarship in the areas of state and local government politics, policy, and management. In the upcoming months, I encourage each of you to share your ideas with me for future installments of the Reviews and Essays section.   I can be reached by phone at (785) 532-5366 or by email at heidbr@ksu.edu.