EPPA Seminar “Cultures, Diversity and Public Administration”
The aim of the seminar is to demonstrate that cultures and diversity in the European scene is getting more relevant. The question is how we map the increase of change and relevance, and how this affects the multidisciplinary field of PA for the future.
The Logic of the “Cultures, Diverstiy and Public Administration”- Seminar
From a thematic point of view there will be a focus on the following elements:
First, Setting the Scene: what is Happening and going to happen? It is important to map cultures and diversities, now and in the future and to show ‘Facts and figures’ on the shifts which are happening. This may include languages and language policies in countries (national and non-national languages), migrations, multicultural administrations (e.g. the European Commission).
Second: theories and models in PA taking (or not) culture and diversity into account. How and to what extent is PA-research positioning itself vis-à-vis Languages, Religion, (Legal) Traditions, … Also, about policies in heterogeneous communities: what about effective policies in culturally diverse communities in a country. Also, how does recent multicultural organizational theory look like (national and international organisations).
Third: What about PA Country Clusters in research. How do clusters look like, are they changing? What are research strategies to explain differences based on types of Clusters. How does this affect research strategies of ‘Most Different Research Design’
Fourth: What are the implications for a PA Research Agenda (Data, Topics, Methods,…)
Enhancing international cooperation in the field of migration
Migration has moved to the top of the policy agenda in many countries around the world, and as a result there are renewed calls for States to invest in improving data on migration. There is an urgent need to improve the availability, international comparability, timeliness and quality of migration data. Statistical projects and initiatives on migration and migrants are currently underway in many countries in national statistical institutes, relevant ministries and institutions, research centres, as well as in several international organisations. However, these initiatives often remain fragmented, confined to each discipline and are not usually brought together and disseminated in a comprehensive and integrated manner.
In this context, the OECD, IOM and UNDESA are jointly organising the first International Forum on Migration Statistics. This is aimed at becoming a regular event that will contribute to intensify the exchange of information, to promote mutual learning and to facilitate cooperation among relevant stakeholders. It will bring together all producers, analysts and users of migration statistics in a community of interest centred on migration measurement issues. It will mobilise expertise from a wide range of disciplines – such as political science, economics, demography, development, geospatial science, sociology, statistics, and information technology – that can contribute to improve global understanding of the migration phenomenon.
The International Forum on Migration Statistics will:
- Bring together experts and policy makers in a community of interest centred on migration measurement issues.
- Explore innovative ways to measure population mobility across countries as well as economic and social immigrant integration.
- Create synergies between different actors and perspectives, with representatives from ‘origin’, ‘transit’ and ‘host’ countries of migrants.
ASPA’s 2018 Annual Conference will center around the theme: Mission Focused and Service First: Creating Innovative Solutions. Presentation tracks will look to definitively bridge theory with practice, providing opportunities not only for researchers and academicians to demonstrate their work, but also highlight ways practitioners can put that work to use—and have already done so. Far from being theoretical, attendees can expect to attend this year’s conference and take home hands-on innovations they can put to use in their locality.
The IIAS Study Group on ‘Coproduction of Public Services’ is organizing its sixth annual conference in Stellenbosch, 22-23 May 2018. Our aim is to create and nurture an intellectual platform for the theoretical discussion and empirical analysis of coproduction and its implications for the organization and management of public services.
During the 2017 Co-production Study Group meeting in Washington D.C., some ideas were discussed about topics that should be addressed during the next meeting which will be held in Stellenbosch in May 2018. Based on these discussions, it is proposed that the overall theme of next year’s meeting is:
The What, Who, Where, Why, and How of Co-Production in an International Context
It is thus proposed to have five themes and we invite participants to submit papers on any of those themes. Although we want to explore the what, who, where, why, and how of co-production, we realize that these elements are inter-linked and would expect papers to discuss more than one.
Growth and well-being as distinct research topics are seldom viewed in direct relation with public administration. Very often, when the connection is made, it concerns mainly the negative effects emanating from the action or lack thereof of public administration, the blocking of or insufficient support provided for economic development, or from ignoring citizens’ requests. In reality, modern public administration can and should be intimately related to growth and well-being.
On the other hand, public administration is directly linked to a concept whose importance is growing, namely the quality of life. The capacity of public administration to stimulate an enhanced quality of life within local communities has a positive impact, not only with respect to citizens’ satisfaction, but also with respect to growth and development (through the attraction of a highly educated and skilled work force, capable of stimulating the development of a knowledge-based economy). Public administration should be interested in providing a coherent framework for economic development, in eliminating irrational barriers for investors and citizens, and even more importantly in stimulating this development through smart strategies and policies.
The proposed topic will endeavour to encourage discussions on the factors capable of interconnecting public administration with growth and well-being. In our view, the main conference theme is so relevant for all countries worldwide that it cannot remain indifferent to the most qualified and experienced specialists, public administration sphere of professionals and those who take the first steps in this field. We are encouraging you to participate with papers and presentations dealing with the announced conference topics. In addition, we are also inviting you to enjoy the beauty and history of the conference location and the hospitality of the local organiser.
EGPA and ASPA are happy to announce that the 14th Transatlantic Dialogue (TAD 14) will take place in Bucharest, Romania on 6-8 June, 2018
The theme will be : The Study of Public Administration : transatlantic perspectives.
The following sub-themes will be addressed:
- The contribution of disciplines in the Study of PA
- The role of Learning societies for the Study of PA
- Transatlantic comparisons: European Perspectives for PA and American Perspectives for PA
The International Association of of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA) and the Latin American group for Public Administration (LAGPA) in close collaboration with SERVIR – Autoridad Nacional del Servicio Civil and Universidad Católica Sedes Sapientiae are organising the 2018 IASIA-LAGPA Joint Conference to be held from from 23 to 26 July in Lima, Peru.