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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

pai-logoIIAS Member, Public Administration International, would like to inform you about their annual international five-day workshop/study programme called “Integrity in Public Life: Core Values, codes of conduct and conflicts of interest” –

This programme aims to assist participants in developing and introducing practical mechanisms for establishing, promoting and sustaining an ethical infrastructure in the public life of their own countries  and to make a positive contribution to fighting corruption in public life. It is designed for Parliamentarians, senior policy makers and managers in the public sector, Presidential or special advisers, local government officials, representatives from civil society organisations and all those with responsibility for or a special interest in ethics, anti-corruption and good governance.

Their next programme is scheduled for 2 to 6 November 2015 and they are inviting applications from all interested parties.

More information about the programme:

View the Brochure 2015 (opens in a PDF document)



The IIAS participated this week to the work of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The President of IIAS, Mr. prof. Bouckaert and the IIAS Director General, Mr. Rolet Loretan, formed the delegation who actively participated in debates and establishes valuable contacts with the different partners of the Institute.

More about the 15th Session of CEPA on “Building Trust in Government”.



The role and activities of institutions and organizations in public governance has been of great importance throughout history. Extending from high to low politics, public governance has both short and long term effects in the political, security, economic, social and cultural spheres, thereby shaping the environment of our everyday lives.

Examining trends, changes and opportunities in public governance today is particularly important because the vibrant international environment continues to re-emphasize older issues while posing a new set of challenges as well. Managing both types of challenges demands innovative, unprecedented, perhaps even revolutionary approaches from all actors in public governance.

The conference organizers welcome papers from all scholars (including PhD students) addressing topics that fit with the overall conference theme of “rethinking public governance”.

Download the call for paper

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comparative-effectiveness-research-a-bright-future-for-patient-empowerment-The IIAS Study Group on “Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Governance”, in collaboration with the IIAS-Asian Group for  Public Administration conference organiser, proposes to organise papers and panels at the IIAS-AGPA Conference on the third sub-theme of the conference (Enhancing national integrity and public service quality), 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.

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The Study Group on “Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Governance” is one of the study groups of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences, the umbrella organization of different regional public administration associations, including the Asian Group for Public Administration ( 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).


Call for papers : IIAS Study Group on Co-production of Public Services Meeting, 2015

Deadline for submissions: 1 March 2015

Download the call for papers in PDF.

More details here.

LIPSE LogoIn collaboration with citizens, companies and societal organizations, governments are exploring new approaches that can produce outcomes that really address the needs of society. This explains the increased attention for issues that refer to processes of social innovation in the public sector. But what are relevant drivers and barriers behind the social innovation capacity in the public sector?

This is one of the questions that are raised by LIPSE: Learning from Innovation in Public Sector Environments, an European Union Seventh Framework funded research project identifying drivers and barriers to successful social innovation in the public sector

The goal of this interactive conference, chaired by the consortium coordinator Victor Bekkers, is to bring together professionals and academics to discuss the latest insights on social innovation in the public sector. There will be ample time for discussion and networking. The conference will take place on February 3-4, 2015 in Brussels, Belgium.

You can expect keynote presentations by a representative of the European Commission (to be confirmed) and Mr. Alex Brenninkmeijer, former Dutch Ombudsman and now member of the European Court of Auditors.  Furthermore, the first findings and policy recommendations of our research themes will be discussed during this two day conference:

You will find a preliminary program attached to this invitation.

Participation in the conference is free-of-charge for those personally invited. To register, please send an e-mail to [email protected] by December 10th, 2014. Since we have limited seats (120 persons), we will accept participants in order of registration.

We sincerely hope that you will consider and accept this invitation. In case of questions or requests, please contact Krista Timeus at [email protected] We will continue to post information on the conference, venue & hotel recommendations on our website. To learn more about the LIPSE project, please visit our website

We hope to welcome you in Brussels!

The participating LIPSE universities are:

  • Bocconi University (Italy)
  • Catholic University Leuven (Belgium)
  • Ecole Nationale d’Administration (France)
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam (The Netherlands)
  • ESADE (Spain)
  • Hertie School of Governance (Germany)
  • Matej Bel University (Slovakia)
  • National School of Political Studies and Public Administration (Romania)
  • Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands)
  • Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia)
  • The University of Edinburgh (The United Kingdom)
  • University Roskilde (Denmark)


Vancouver, British Columbia | Aug 7-11, 2015

2015 PNP Division Scholarly Program: Call for Submissions.

About the PNP Division.

The Public and Nonprofit Division (PNP) of the Academy of Management focuses on multidisciplinary, multi-method research on public and nonprofit organizations.

Relevant Topics for Submission.

All topics relevant to PNP’s interests are welcome, including those related to organizational behavior, decision making, strategy, transparency and accountability, publicness, diversity and inclusion, human resource management, collaboration and conflict, public service and community building, performance measurement and management, public service motives, theories of governance and the social and ethical dimensions of public and non-profit activity. We are also interested in topics of organizational management, processes, social innovation/enterprise, and performance as they relate to public, NGOs/nonprofit organizations. International perspectives and comparisons are encouraged. Submissions related to the 2015 Academy of Management Program theme, Opening Governance, are particularly welcome.

Instructions for Submission.

We seek completed papers and proposals for panels and symposia. The deadline for submissions is January 13, 2015 at 5:00 PM (NY Time) at electronic submissions are accepted.

Questions and comments should be addressed to the PNP Division’s 2015 program chair, Robert K. Christensen, University of Georgia, [email protected]

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