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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).

Northeast Conference on Public Administration: CHALLENGES OF GOVERNANCE IN GLOBAL UNCERTAINTY

The Northeast Conference on Public Administration (NECoPA) will be holding a conference on November 5-7, 2015 in Arlington, VA. ​ Please submit your proposals no later than May 30, 2015. All proposals should be submitted to necopa@gmu.edu

The tentative theme for NECoPA ’15 – Challenges of Governance in Global Uncertainty – focuses on policy and management problems that were once international in scope but are now considered state and/or local concerns. Possible topics include:
  • Homeland Security
  • Immigration Reform
  • Finance and Budgeting
  • Environmental Hazards
  • Emergency and Crisis Management
  • Universal Healthcare
  • Succession Building
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Third Party Governance
  • Information Technology
Panels, papers, and posters addressing these and other related themes to public administration are encouraged.

For more information on NECoPA, please visit http://psc.gmu.edu/necopa/

New Council Member: Ann O’M. Bowman

Ann O’M. Bowman is a professor in the Department of Public Service and Administration at the George Bush School of Government and Public Service. She holds the Hazel Davis and Robert Kennedy Endowed Chair.  Dr. Bowman joined the Bush School faculty in 2008, coming from the University of South Carolina where she was the James F. and Maude B. Byrnes Professor of Government. She specializes in state and local government and administration; public policy, especially the substantive areas of environment, economic development, and land use; and intergovernmental relations. Through her Intergovernmental Dynamics Project, she seeks to untangle the complex web of American state-local government relations.

Dr. Bowman has published articles in various scholarly journals; most recently these include Policy Studies Journal, Public Administration Review, Urban Affairs Review, and American Politics Research. The tenth edition of her textbook, co-authored with Richard Kearney, State and Local Government, is forthcoming in 2016. Previously she and Michael Pagano wrote Terra Incognita: Vacant Land and Urban Strategies, published by Georgetown University Press and Cityscapes and Capital: The Politics of Urban Development, published by Johns Hopkins University Press.

She has held a Lincoln Government Fellowship at the National League of Cities in Washington, D.C., and later received a Fulbright award to Denmark to serve as the Odense Distinguished Chair in American Studies. Dr. Bowman won SIAM’s Donald C. Stone Scholar Award in 1998. She has been president of three organized sections of the American Political Science Association:  Public Policy, Urban Politics, and Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations; she has been Book Review Editor for the Journal of Politics and Urban Affairs Review. Dr. Bowman was inducted into the National Academy of Public Administration in 2014. In 2015, she became president of the Southern Political Science Association. Currently she is a member of the Advisory Council of Publius: The Journal of Federalism,the Editorial Board of the Public Management and Change Series of Georgetown University Press, and the Advisory Board for the Studies in American Public Policy and Management of Johns Hopkins University Press.

New Council Member: Beverly Cigler

Bev Cigler specializes in intergovernmental relations, especially state and local policy, politics, and management, with key interests in intermunicipal and state-local relations, public finance, alternative service delivery, counties, smart growth, emergency management, and general issues of governance. Cigler is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. She received national awards for her intergovernmental research and scholarship and community building for economic development, a Distinguished Alumni Award from Thiel College, Penn State Harrisburg’s Excellence in Research  and Faculty Service Awards, and statewide awards from the County Commissioners Association of Pa., the Pa. Women’s Commission, and a MS Leadership Award. She was awarded a Legislation Citation for contributions to the Commonwealth and served as a Penn State faculty associate in a legislative research office for 8 years and was twice a Visiting Scholar there. Her published work includes more than 170 articles, including 12 articles/essays in Public Administration Review; dozens of professional reports; and 9 books/edited collections. Dr. Cigler has delivered more than 215 speeches, workshops and testimony to elected and appointed officials of national, state, and regional organizations, and university audiences. nationwide. She currently serves on the boards of the Keystone Research Center (Pa.) and the South Central Assembly (Pa.) and on advisory committees for the County Commissioners Association of Pa., the Association of Pennsylvania Municipal Managers, the Pa. Budget and Policy Center, the Metropolitan Policy Center (University of Pittsburgh)., and the National Center for the Study of Counties. She recently served on a Pa. legislative Local Government Commission study of mandates. She has held numerous leadership positions in public administration organizations, including chair of SIAM and SPAE in ASPA, COPRA in NASPAA, and was president of two ASPA chapters. She has served on fifteen editorial boards.

New Council Member: Carl Stenberg


Carl Stenberg (BA, Allegheny College; MPA, Ph.D. State University of New York at Albany) is the James E. Holshouser, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Public Administration and Government at the School of Government, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He serves as Faculty Director of the School’s Public Executive Leadership Academy, and as Faculty Liaison with the NC City and County Management Association. His previous academic positions were Dean of the Yale Gordon College of Liberal Arts at the University of Baltimore and Director of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia. His experience as a practitioner includes Executive Director of the Council of State Governments and Assistant Director of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations. He is a Fellow and former Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Academy of Public Administration and President of the American Society for Public Administration. His research interests include federalism and intergovernmental relations, leadership, and local government management.

Call for Proposals: State and Local Government Review — Deadline Extension to May 1, 2015

DEADLINE EXTENSION UNTIL
MAY 1, 2015
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
State and Local Government Review
2015 Special Issue on Economic Polarization and Challenges to Subnational Governments
Michael J. Scicchitano, University of Florida, Editor
State and Local Government Reviewinvites authors to submit proposals for the 2015 Special Issue on “Economic Polarization and Challenges to Subnational Governments.”  The focus of the Special Issue will be to examine how subnational governments have been affected by economic polarization and how they have responded to this phenomenon.  The Special Issue will be published as the last issue of State and Local Government Review in 2015.  This publication schedule requires a shorter than normal period for the process of selecting and completing papers for the Special Issue.  Manuscripts published in the Special Issue will be reviewed and considered refereed publications.
One of the challenges that seems to have a profound impact on subnational governments is the increasing economic polarization of the residents and possibly a related loss of the middle class.  This polarization may have consequences such as higher crime rates, issues of increased hunger (especially among school children) and the loss of businesses that mostly serve middle class residents. While subnational governments face ever greater policy challenges they may also have reduced revenues to address these problems.  The 2015 State and Local Government Review Special Issue will examine issues related to the impact of the increased economic polarization on subnational governments.  State and Local welcomes proposals from all disciplines for papers related to this theme.  Below are some specific topics that would be appropriate for the 2015 Special Issue:
·         From a governance perspective, what exactly does the term economic polarization mean?  Does this mean that there is both a decline of a “middle class” and a great divide between the lower and upper income classes?   What are the different manifestations of this phenomenon such as the degree of loss of the middle class as well as economic polarization?  What stage or level of economic polarization can result in policy or governance problems for subnational governments?
·         To what extent do taxing and spending policies at subnational levels redistribute burdens and benefits?
·         What are the specific ways/policy areas that polarization is evident (i.e., education, housing, stagnant wages, etc.)?
·         Has there been a change in the level of middle class loss or economic polarization? If so, when did these changes begin, are they increasing, or is it stable or declining? What are the best techniques to document or monitor these changes?
·         What factors contribute to increased economic polarization–actions by international, national, or subnational governments?
·         What are the implications of middle class loss and/ or economic polarization for subnational governance-i.e. what problems has this caused for subnational governments?
·         What actions have or could subnational governments take to reduce the loss of the middle class and economic polarization as well reduce the impact on their citizens?
·         Why hasn’t societal and economic information shown a capacity to scale effectively across jurisdictional, operational, and organizational boundaries?  Are we missing major policies and monitoring procedures that would identify this process more effectively, leading to more timely policy action?
Please submit a proposal that outlines a specific topic that conveys how subnational governments have been affected by economic polarization and how they have responded to this phenomenon.  Clearly outline the empirical basis for the manuscript, and if your paper is data driven, please indicate whether data has already been collected. Also, identify the current status of the research and writing and the extent to which the manuscript can be completed according to the schedule outlined below.
We encourage proposals from all disciplines including but not limited to public administration, political science, sociology, economics, planning, etc. and expect to publish papers where there is collaboration between academics and practitioners and authors both from inside and outside the U.S.
Note:  Acceptable topics are not limited to those listed above.
Proposals should be submitted between February 25, 2015 and May 1, 2015 to the following email address:  slgrspecial@gmail.com   
The proposals should be double-spaced and include no more than two pages of text.  There is no need to include tables or appendices and references do not count against the two page limit. All proposals will be subject to editorial review.  Please do not send complete papers—if you have a draft of your paper, please note that in the proposal.
Submissions will be evaluated with respect to the following criteria:
·         Relevance. The proposed manuscript should examine issues related to how subnational governments have been affected by economic polarization and how they have responded to this phenomenon.   
·         Viability. The proposal should represent an achievable manuscript project within the tight time constraints required. More detail on the timeline is provided below.
·         Scope of Interest. Papers of broad interest to scholars andprofessionals will be preferred.
·         Organization and Coherence. The proposal should follow a logical structure, read clearly, and thoroughly represent the available research.
·         Insight for Future Work. The proposal should convey important implications for both future research and practice related to local government.
Due to editorial constraints, it is vital for authors to adhere to the following strict timeline. We will not be able to consider late submissions. If you have any questions, please contact the Editor at mscicc@ufl.edu or by phone at (352) 846-2874.
Relevant dates* are as follows:
·         February 25- May 1, 2015: Proposals due to the State and Local Government Review to be sent to slgrspecial@gmail.com  
·         May 15, 2015: Final decision on proposals and initial feedback provided to authors.
·         August 1, 2015: Full draft of paper due to State and Local Government Review.
·         September 1, 2015: Review and feedback to authors on full paper.
·         October 1, 2015: Final paper submitted to State and Local Government Review.  Final manuscripts should be no longer than 18 pages of text with standard margins and font size.
*Please note that these are basic guidelines, each paper may require a different number of revisions or timing to make the October 1, 2015deadline
Feel free to email or call the Editor at mscicc@ufl.edu or by phone at (352) 846-2874.if you have any questions regarding your proposal or manuscript.

SIAM Moves into the Future by Rick Feiock

At the ASPA annual meeting earlier this month SIAM’s membership adopted a new mission statement for the section.  This outcome reflects the thoughtful and tireless work over the last year of the mission and rebranding committee David Miller (co-chair), Jered Carr (co-chair) Barbara McCabe, and Paul Posner.  The adjustment of our mission, and the possibility of changing the section name engaged the membership and strong arguments were advance both for change and for the status quo.  We had the best attended membership meeting that I recall in the last 25 years. 

The proposal for changing the section name proved more controversial than the changes to the mission statement.  Rather than force a vote on the proposed name change at the annual meeting, I supported a motion that was introduced for this issue be taken up by a new committee that would make recommendations for changes to the bylaws consistent with the mission of the section including a possible change to the section name.  This motion passed without opposition. 

I have asked Eric Zeemering, the incoming SIAM executive committee chair to chair this committee.  The committee members that have generously agreed to serve on this committee are:

Eric Zeemering of Northern Illinois University (chair)
Ed Benton, University of South Florida
Benoy Jacob, University of Colorado Denver
Jack Meek, Laverne University and Complexity section liaison to SIAM
David Miller, University of Pittsburgh
Mike Pagano, University of Illinois at Chicago
Christine Kelleher Palus, Villanova University
Carl Stenberg, University of North Carolina
David Warm, Mid-America Regional Council
While this is quite a large committee, I believe that it is important that all of the various views expressed regarding the mission and direction of SIAM be heard and represented in this process.  I am charging the committee to recommend changes to the section bylaws to refine and implement the new mission statement in a manner that will encourage the continued support and attachment of all existing members while making the section more visible and attractive to many potential new members. This is an important task that will shape the future of our section.  

The committee will work closely with the ASPA leadership and National Committee to secure any necessary approvals.  I am requesting that the committee report back recommendations by August 15 to allow at least sixty days for member response and input prior to the executive committee midyear meeting.  The proposed changes will then be posted on the SIAM blog for member comments.  If the proposed changes are approved by the executive committee, they will need to be voted on by the membership at the 2016 membership meeting at ASPA.

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.

Midwest Public Affairs Conference: Call for Papers

The submittal deadline for the 2015 Midwest Public Affairs Conference is April 1st! This year’s conference is July 911, 2015 in Milwaukee, WI and is hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management. Additionally, we have recently released the first issue of the Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs, which is available at the link below. 

We appreciate your interest, and look forward to meeting you in July!



Best regards,

Stephen Kleinschmit, Ph.D.
President | Midwest Public Affairs Conference

MPAC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization affiliated with the American Society for Public Administration

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: 2015 Special Issue of State and Local Government Review on Emerging from the Great Recession

 CALL FOR PROPOSALS
State and Local Government Review
2015 Special Issue on Economic Polarization and Challenges to Subnational Governments
Michael J. Scicchitano, University of Florida, Editor
State and Local Government Reviewinvites authors to submit proposals for the 2015 Special Issue on “Economic Polarization and Challenges to Subnational Governments.”  The focus of the Special Issue will be to examine how subnational governments have been affected by economic polarization and how they have responded to this phenomenon.  The Special Issue will be published as the last issue of State and Local Government Review in 2015.  This publication schedule requires a shorter than normal period for the process of selecting and completing papers for the Special Issue.  Manuscripts published in the Special Issue will be reviewed and considered refereed publications.
One of the challenges that seems to have a profound impact on subnational governments is the increasing economic polarization of the residents and possibly a related loss of the middle class.  This polarization may have consequences such as higher crime rates, issues of increased hunger (especially among school children) and the loss of businesses that mostly serve middle class residents. While subnational governments face ever greater policy challenges they may also have reduced revenues to address these problems.  The 2015 State and Local Government Review Special Issue will examine issues related to the impact of the increased economic polarization on subnational governments.  State and Local welcomes proposals from all disciplines for papers related to this theme.  Below are some specific topics that would be appropriate for the 2015 Special Issue:
  •  From a governance perspective, what exactly does the term economic polarization mean?  Does this mean that there is both a decline of a “middle class” and a great divide between the lower and upper income classes?   What are the different manifestations of this phenomenon such as the degree of loss of the middle class as well as economic polarization?  What stage or level of economic polarization can result in policy or governance problems for subnational governments?
  • To what extent do taxing and spending policies at subnational levels redistribute burdens and benefits?
  •  What are the specific ways/policy areas that polarization is evident (i.e., education, housing, stagnant wages, etc.)?
  •   Has there been a change in the level of middle class loss or economic polarization? If so, when did these changes begin, are they increasing, or is it stable or declining? What are the best techniques to document or monitor these changes?
  • What factors contribute to increased economic polarization–actions by international, national, or subnational governments?
  • What are the implications of middle class loss and/ or economic polarization for subnational governance-i.e. what problems has this caused for subnational governments?
  •  What actions have or could subnational governments take to reduce the loss of the middle class and economic polarization as well reduce the impact on their citizens?
  •  Why hasn’t societal and economic information shown a capacity to scale effectively across jurisdictional, operational, and organizational boundaries?  Are we missing major policies and monitoring procedures that would identify this process more effectively, leading to more timely policy action?

Please submit a proposal that outlines a specific topic that conveys how subnational governments have been affected by economic polarization and how they have responded to this phenomenon.  Clearly outline the empirical basis for the manuscript, and if your paper is data driven, please indicate whether data has already been collected. Also, identify the current status of the research and writing and the extent to which the manuscript can be completed according to the schedule outlined below.
We encourage proposals from all disciplines including but not limited to public administration, political science, sociology, economics, planning, etc. and expect to publish papers where there is collaboration between academics and practitioners and authors both from inside and outside the U.S.
Note:  Acceptable topics are not limited to those listed above.
Proposals should be submitted between February 25, 2015 and April 1, 2015 to the following email address:  slgrspecial@gmail.com   
The proposals should be double-spaced and include no more than two pages of text.  There is no need to include tables or appendices and references do not count against the two page limit. All proposals will be subject to editorial review.  Please do not send complete papers—if you have a draft of your paper, please note that in the proposal.
Submissions will be evaluated with respect to the following criteria:
·         Relevance. The proposed manuscript should examine issues related to how subnational governments have been affected by economic polarization and how they have responded to this phenomenon.   
·         Viability. The proposal should represent an achievable manuscript project within the tight time constraints required. More detail on the timeline is provided below.
·         Scope of Interest. Papers of broad interest to scholars andprofessionals will be preferred.
·         Organization and Coherence. The proposal should follow a logical structure, read clearly, and thoroughly represent the available research.
·         Insight for Future Work. The proposal should convey important implications for both future research and practice related to local government.
Due to editorial constraints, it is vital for authors to adhere to the following strict timeline. We will not be able to consider late submissions. If you have any questions, please contact the Editor at mscicc@ufl.edu or by phone at (352) 846-2874.
Relevant dates* are as follows:
·         February 25- April 1, 2015: Proposals due to the State and Local Government Review to be sent to slgrspecial@gmail.com  
·         April 15, 2015: Final decision on proposals and initial feedback provided to authors.
·         July 15, 2015: Full draft of paper due to State and Local Government Review.
·         August 15, 2015: Review and feedback to authors on full paper.
·         September 15, 2015: Final paper submitted to State and Local Government Review.  Final manuscripts should be no longer than 18 pages of text with standard margins and font size.
*Please note that these are basic guidelines, each paper may require a different number of revisions or timing to make the September 15, 2015 deadline

Feel free to email or call me if you have any questions regarding your proposal or manuscript.