Converging and Conflicting Trends in the Public Administration of the US, Europe, and Germany

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    Public administrations in the US and Europe are facing extraordinary domestic problems (e.g. unemployment, unaffordable social security and public health systems, crumbling infrastructures) and severe global challenges (e.g. international terrorism, financial crises, ecological degradation and climate change). There are three trends in the ways that public administrations are trying to cope with these problems: privatization of public tasks and services, increasingly detailed government regulation of markets and social activities, and adherence to the status quo.

    Conference Topics

    In order to promote research and discussion regarding these trends and the future of public administration the GRIP and SPEA invite proposals for papers falling into the following general themes:

    1. Administrative Theory and State Paradigms

    2. Multi-level Governance

    3. Market and the Regulatory State

    4. Society and the Regulatory State

    5. Non-profit and Civic Engagement, Participation

    6. Administrative Modernization and Performance Management

    7. Human Resource Management and Ethics Management

    8. New Administrative Tasks

    Further information on each theme may be found on the conference website.

    Programmatic Information

    The conference will consist of multiple concurrently running panels. There will also be two keynote addresses and an expert roundtable discussion as well as several social gatherings. It is planned to publish selected papers from the conference in a special journal issue or edited volume. Free accommodation will be provided for conference participants presenting a paper.

    Submitting a Proposal

    We invite all proposals fitting generally into any of the above themes. The preferred theme should be indicated in the proposal and in the subject line of the submission email. The research may be of either a theoretical or empirical nature. We particularly welcome comparative approaches including comparisons of Europe and/or the US with other countries/regions or discussions of European and/or American policy towards other countries/regions.

    Proposals up to 600 words in length should be sent by 30 November 2011 to gripspea@foev-speyer.de. For any questions please feel free to contact Prof. Eberhard Bohne at GRIP (bohne@foev-speyer.de) or Prof. Sergio Fernandez at SPEA (sefernan@indiana.edu). Notification of acceptance will be made by 31 January 2012. Final papers are to be submitted by 01 June 2012.

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