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AIRMAPThe IIAS would like to share with its members the announcement of the AIRMAP’s (Association Internationale de Recherche en Management Public) 6th Annual Conference which will take place in Nice, France, on June 1st and 2nd, 2017.

The theme will be: “Is Public Management Universal” ?

The universality can be defined as the character of what concerns all mankind. The concept of universal public management implies also questioning the application of theories, models but also the evolutions and the consideration of a public sphere that would be shared by all. Even though we notce the omnipresence of the main stream New Public Management within major trends, alternatives can be observed, in particular with the development of neo-Weberian types of approach. The queston of universal models formulates a choice between an international model and national specificities implying necessarily specific models.

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The Registration to the 2016 IIAS-IASIA Joint Congress is open! 

Information on how to register and the rates can be found via the following link under “Registration – Submission”.

The provisional programme is also online. 

The congress will bring together academics and practitioners, PhD students and young researchers in public administration and management, as well as contributors from any other disciplines who will exchange on the following main theme Building Capacity for Sustainable Governance.

Please feel free to consult the following  link : for further information on the various sessions that have been scheduled during the event:

  • The 6th Intercontinental Administrative Forum
  • The IASIA Awards Session
  • Policy Platforms respectively on Sustainable Development Goals: What Will It Take?; Sustainable Governance: Legal, Institutional and Organizational Arrangements and Capacity Building: experiences, Challenges and Prospects
  • The Braibant Lecture
  • Asian Development Bank Panel
  • BRICS Panel
  • United Nations Panel
  • ICAPA Panel – Accreditation and the Quest for Excellence in Public Administration Education and Training
  • OECD Panel
  • PhD session – How to Get Published
  • Sessions of presentation of papers received under the IIAS call for papers and the IASIA Call for papers

And many more!


24-25 September 2016

Fudan University


Deadline for submission of abstracts for the symposium: 30 April 2016

Background and Coverage

The group of countries that includes Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, or BRICS, has emerged as a simple acronym created by a bank executive[1] in 2001 to become an economic and political coalition of emerging economies. Initially, the expression just meant the populous and fast-growing economies with potential for investments until the first formal meeting of the then four BRIC countries in 2006 in the United Nations General Assembly followed by the annual meetings since 2009. The BRICS comprise of approximately 3 billion people (40% of the World’s population) and 16 trillion dollars (20% of the World’s economy). Thus, what happens in the BRICS countries have a huge influence in world’s economic, political, social and environmental affairs.

Much has been researched about the economic and political dimensions of the BRICS, both comparing among themselves as well as the block as a whole. However, there is much less research on the public administration and governance aspects of those countries. Thus, this forum has two main objectives. The first is to compile a series of research papers that can examine the state of governance and public administration on those countries to analyze the main challenges, similarities and differences in those countries, as well as possibilities of learning from each other. The second is to nurture a network of government officials and scholars in public affairs in the BRICS countries that can exchange information and engage in policy learning and joint research.

Therefore, this call invites researchers in the BRICS countries and scholars with interest in the BRICS to submit abstracts and papers analyzing public affairs in BRICS countries. Papers can be about general aspects of the public administration or governance in those countries, or specific studies in one or more sectors or localities at the subnational level. We also encourage the submission of comparative studies or studies related to the new institutions led by BRICS (like the New Development Bank created in 2014) or the influence of BRICS in other countries (like ODA), as well as theoretical implications of the BRICS practices of administrative reforms and governance, which may not be captured by existing conceptual frameworks. The best papers will be considered for a possible joint publication (book or journal) planned by the members of the scientific committee.

We hope this will be the first of a series of meetings related to the topic of development and governance in the BRICS coming in the following years.

Specifically, the forum symposium is structured as follows:

24 September

Afternoon – Opening of the symposium

6:30-8:30pm – Reception

25 September

9:00am-6:00pm – Symposium panels


Scientific Committee

  • Jose A. Puppim de Oliveira, COPPEAD-UFRJ and Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV), Brazil
  • Alexey Barabashev, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia
  • Navdeep Mathur, Indian Institute of Management,  Ahmedabad, India
  • Yijia Jing, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
  • Christopher Tapscott, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa

Symposium Co-organizers

  • Yijia Jing, Fudan University, China
  • Jose A. Puppim de Oliveira, COPPEAD-UFRJ and Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV), Brazil

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INAPThe National Institute of Public Administration (hereafter, INAP) is presenting a new edition of the European Reciprocal Training Programme. The trainng will take place in Madrid from 30th of May to 2nd  of June .

The purpose of this programme is to strengthen the relations among European Public Administrations,while also deepening mutual trust among these organizations.

This seminar is offered to experienced civil servants from different Member States and aims at giving participants a overview of the Spanish political and administrative institutions within the European Union,together with a social, economic and culturallandscape.
Finally, apart from the presentations of the selected speakers and a panel discussion about Spanish current affairs, there are also programmed visits to the Senate,Cine Doré-The Spanish Film Archive, the Instituto Cervantes and the Museo del Prado.

The deadline for registration  is 15th April.

g-masonJune 6-11, 2016
Split, Croatia

George Mason University, in conjunction with Mississippi State University, the University of Zagreb, and the University of Split, is proud to offer an advanced training seminar that explores emerging social issues surrounding immigration and refugee studies


  • Migration and Health
  • Mass Migration and Threats to Security
  • Representation and Portrayal of Migrant Populations in the Media

Download the flyer for more information


3rd International Conference on Democratic Governance in the Developing World
Advancing Democratic Governance in the Developing World: The Role of Conflict, Complementarity, and Collaboration in Fostering Democratic Ideals, Practices, and Institutions
Washington, D.C.
July 18-19, 2016

Although many developing countries have transitioned to some sort of democracy over the last several decades, actual democratic consolidation and democratic governance have remained elusive. In part, this is because democratic ideals, practices, and institutions have not fully taken root and become institutionalized in the day-to-day practices of politicians, public administrators, civic leaders, and citizens. As a result, many developing countries struggle to adequately address conflict (in numerous forms), foster collaboration across sectoral, jurisdictional, and other boundaries, and otherwise nurture complementary democratic forces. In turn, ineffective practices for dealing with conflict, complementarity, and collaboration have led to poor performance, opportunistic behavior, corruption, and other challenges that weaken the quality of governance and undermine democracy.

The purpose of the 3rd International Conference on Democratic Governance * is to explore the various dimensions – political, economic, social, spiritual, and cultural – needed to advance and sustain democratic governance in the developing world. Specifically, the conference will bring together an international group of scholars and practitioners from diverse disciplines (e.g., public administration, political science, economics, sociology, business, law, journalism, international relations, and others) to collectively examine the role of conflict, complementarity, and collaboration in fostering and sustaining democratic ideals, practices, and institutions. In their papers, conference participants can address numerous themes and issues, such as:

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We are pleased to inform you that the 2015 International Congress of IIAS Report is published.

The Congress was held on Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 22-26 June 2015 in collaboration with the FGV – Fundação Getulio Vargas

The theme was “Trust in Public Administration”

Download the full Report or read it online.


The Congress will bring together academics and practitioners, PhD students and young researchers in public administration and management, as well as contributors from any other disciplines who will exchange on the following main theme Building Capacity for Sustainable Governance

Different types of Call for papers are proposed to you:

Call for papers – Workshop sessions prepared based on three subthemes:

  1. Strategic Visions and Priorities for Sustainable Governance;
  2. Building modern legal, institutional, and organizational governance systems;
  3. Building public service human and financial resources capacity.

Download the IIAS Subthemes Call for Papers

Call for papers of the nine IASIA working groups:

  1. Education and Training in Public Administration
  2. Public Sector Ethics & Culture
  3. Public Sector Reform
  4. Subnational Governance and Development
  5. Gender, Diversity and Equity,
  6. Public Sector Leadership & Governance,
  7. Public Policy, Public Decision-making and Policy Implementation
  8. Public Sector Human Resources Management
  9. International Dimensions of the Public Administration

Open call:

For authors who wish to submit an abstract or organize a session with a topic that they believe do not fit under a programmed session

Read more on the IIAS-IASIA Joint Congress Website


The IIAS Study Group on ‘Coproduction of Public Services’ is organizing its fourth open meeting. 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.

Conference Topics

Coproduction refers to the involvement of both citizens and public sector professionals in the delivery of public services. Although countries differ in the extent to which citizens play a role in the provision of public services, the idea of coproduction is gaining ground around the world.

The overarching goal of this meeting of the study group is to advance our conceptual, theoretical, and empirical understanding of coproduction. To that end, we are particularly interested in papers that tackle the complexity of coproduction in terms of frameworks for analysis, applications of relevant theory, and empirical study. Speci cally, we are interested in research questions such as:

  • What frameworks are useful for advancing our understanding of coproduction?
  • What theories are relevant for understanding coproduction?
  • What do we know from the empirical study of coproduction of public services?


Please submit abstracts (maximum 600 words) by 1 March 2016 to [email protected] and [email protected] Participants will be notified of acceptance by 30 March 2016.
Full papers should be submitted by 31 May 2016.
For practical information on the event, please contact Sanna Tuurnas [[email protected]fi ].

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conf-menapar-englishThe MENAPAR (Middle East & North Africa Public Administration Research) Conference will be held in Tunis, Tunisia; on 6-9 October 2015.

The theme to be discussed, The Role of Citizens and Organisations in Co-Constructing Public Action in the MENA region, will facilitate exchange of knowledge and experiences among countries and partners in the Arab States on the architectures and models for co-constructing public action in delivering public service through integrating citizens and the corporate world.  An extended focus will be on local governance models enabling both citizen and corporate participation in constructing public action.

The conference will facilitate discussions between researchers and decision-makers from across the region and beyond and experts on public administration and local governance. In particular, the conference will provide a much-needed opportunity to debate the important role of public administration and local government in building more legitimate, inclusive and rights-based societies in the region.

Extended deadline for paper submission : 15/08/2015

Download the call-for-contributions – PDF

Download the call-for-participation to the Pre-Conference Workshop on Capacity Development Initiatives & Best Practices in Arab Public Administration – PDF

Download the call-for-participation to the Pr-Conference Research Consortium – PDF

More information on the MENAPAR Conference

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