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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 (email@example.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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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.
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.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS: 2015 Special Issue of State and Local Government Review on Emerging from the Great Recession
- 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?