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CFP: Public management and institutional quality

The Structure and Organization of Government section of the International Political Science Association, together with the Quality of Government Institute at the University of Gothenburg,  invite you to submit a paper for a workshop on Public Management and Institutional Quality.  The workshop will be held on June 7-8, 2017.  More details about the call for papers here.

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September 30, 2016 at 9:39 am

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Roundtable at PMRC 2016 in Aarhus

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Photo by Raul Pacheco-Vega

The recent roundtable in Governance, “Is Public Management Neglecting the State?” was discussed at the Public Management Research Conference at Aarhus University on June 24.  The article can be downloaded here.

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June 24, 2016 at 2:35 pm

Roundtable: Is public management neglecting the state?

Public Management is a field of research and teaching that is now almost four decades old.  But questions have been raised about its scope and methods of inquiry.  In a roundtable for Governance, ten authors debate whether Public Management should broaden its ambitions. Developed mainly within a small set of wealthy and consolidated democracies, Public Management research may be premised on assumptions about state sovereignty, capabilities, and legitimacy that are not tenable in most countries — and are perhaps increasingly untenable in the advanced democracies as well.  Read the article.

Contributors include Brint Milward, Laura Jensen, Alasdair Roberts, Mauricio Dussauge-Laguna, Veronica Junjan, René Torenvlied, Arjen Boin, H.K. Colebatch, Donald Kettl and Robert Durant.

This roundtable was prepared for a panel discussion at the research conference of the Public Management Research Association at Aarhus University in June 2016.  More about the conference.

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March 21, 2016 at 8:25 am

Debate: Is American government too open?

It’s been 50 years since the U.S. Congress adopted the Freedom of Information Act, which provides access to documents held by federal agencies. Since 1966, Congress has adopted many other laws designed to promote openness. But has the United States gone too far, undermining the capacity of public officials to solve our major problems?

In a commentary for Governance,Bruce Cain of Stanford University says yes, American government is now too open.  And Charles Lewis of American University responds in a second commentary: No, it isn’t.

Screen Shot 2016-03-19 at 3.11.14 PMCain and Lewis engaged in an in-person debate about their commentaries at the University of Missouri on March 15.  Watch the debate here.

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March 19, 2016 at 1:52 am

Posted in commentary, Conferences

Commentaries on power of US presidents to authorize war



John Yoo at March 16 debate

Governance has just published two commentaries tied to a March 16 debate organized by the Kinder Institute for Constitutional Democracy at the University of Missouri.  Details about the debate here.  John Yoo argues that US presidents don’t need Congress’ approval to go to war.  Read his commentary.  And Alberto Coll disagrees, insisting that the US Congress must approve major wars.  Read his commentary.


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March 4, 2016 at 1:38 pm

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Call for short papers: Is public management research neglecting the state?

Screen Shot 2015-11-01 at 8.03.58 PMProfessors Brint Milward and Alasdair Roberts invite expressions of interest from academics interested in participating in a panel to be held at the Public Management Research Conference at Aarhus University on June 22-24, 2016. The short papers produced for the panel will be published as a collection in Governance 30.3 (July 2016).

Individuals who participate in the panel will be asked to write a short paper, not exceeding 1500 words, for submission by January 30, 2016. The short paper should address the theme: “Is public management research neglecting the state?” By this, we mean to ask whether public management research gives adequate attention to topics such as (1) recent changes in the architecture of the state; (2) longer-term processes by which state capabilities evolve; (3) the ability of existing state structures to address emerging challenges such as terrorism, climate change, economic transformation, or mass migration; and (4) the adequacy of mechanisms for maintaining control and accountability over state structures.

This project continues a discussion begun during the plenary session on “the state and public management” that was held at the 2015 Public Management Research Conference at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota.

Expressions of interest, or requests for further information, should be sent to Brint Milward and Alasdair Roberts. Decisions about the composition of the panel will be made by November 30, 2015.

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October 26, 2015 at 6:57 pm

Call for papers: Quality of governance in China


The School of International Relations and Public Affairs of Fudan University will host a conference on governance in China on October 16-17, 2015.  The meeting “seeks to explain China’s recent decades of development by exploring its changing institutional structures and its ability to accommodate multiple and sometimes conflicting demands in a period of rapid transition.”  The conference is co-sponsored by GovernanceRead the call for papers.

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January 28, 2015 at 9:35 am

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