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The IIAS Study Groups are holding meetings throughout the year, some of them issuing call for papers to further advance their researches.

Three of those Study groups are welcoming your participation:


More Study groups will add their activities to the list.

If you are interested in any of these issues and want to get involved into our lively community of academics and researchers, click on the links, and see how you can contribute to the debates.


The Latin American Group for Public Administration (LAGPA) and the Fundacao Getulio Vargas (FGV) will host on October 13 and 14, the Annual Conference of LAGPA.

The Conference will be structured around three themes for the formation of sequential panels (plenaries), devoted to the critical understanding of ongoing relevant experiences in the region:

1) prospective studies;

2) new institutional and organizational arrangements; and

3) public programs evaluation.

The LAGPA Assembly will close the programme. We are pleased to confirm the presence of Geert Bouckaert and Rolet Loretan, respectively, President and Director General of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS), as well as Michiel de Vries, President of the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA).

A Fellowship Dinner, part of the celebrations, will be taking place on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of FGV on October 15.

More information will follow soon.

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The Uganda Management Institute is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the International Conference on Governance and Service Delivery in Developing Economies. The Conference will be held from the 24th to the 28th of August 2015 at Hotel Africana in Kampala, Uganda.

The Conference will provide an arena for scholars, students and practitioners from diverse disciplines of public management to collectively explore managerial solutions to the governance and service delivery challenges in Africa.

You are invited to submit your contributions towards identifying practical strategies for improving governance processes, curbing corruption and improving service delivery under the five sub-themes listed hereunder.

i. Public Sector Reforms
ii. Development Agenda, Globalization, Regionalism, Nationalism and Partnerships
iii. Performance Management, Monitoring and Evaluation
iv. E-Governance
v. Anti-Corruption Strategies


Read more on the Call for Papers

ichallengeOn April 16, 2014, the World Bank and several partners launched the iChallenge: an effort to crowd source ideas for indicators that measure the strength of governance and public management systems. (

Running until July 1, 2014, the iChallenge is looking for ideas from practitioners, researchers, academics and general citizens for indicators that are:

  • action-worthy (empirically or plausibly connect with development outcomes),
  • actionable (governments can do something to improve their scores),
  • behavioral (measure the functioning of institutions rather than their form) and
  • can be applied across a variety of country contexts.

For now, the iChallenge is focusing on indicators that cover public financial management, procurement, tax administration, public administration and civil service, and public information systems. Indicators that address transparency and accountability in each of these systems are particularly encouraged.

The goal of the iChallenge is to raise awareness of the need for additional measures that meet these criteria, start a public conversation on what these measures could look like, and identify several indicators that could be piloted or scaled up. The iChallenge is part of a larger project aiming to identify and build consensus around a set of indicators of the strength of public management systems (ISPMS).

Participating in the iChallenge is simple. Visit to share your idea and comment on those submitted by others. The website includes more details about what types of indicators we are looking for, as well as what indicators already exist that measure the strength of public management systems. We’re looking for ideas for indicators that improve upon existing measures—these indicators may already be used by countries and their partners, or be entirely new.

All ideas that meet our basic criteria will be published on the website and in a menu of indicators that will be made widely available. An Evaluation Body composed of leading experts and chaired by Francis Fukuyama will review entries and select the top three to be presented at a workshop in the fall of 2014 at the World Bank. A full list of Evaluation Body members is available on the website.

06 Feb 2014

MENAPAR Inaugural Conference

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The IIAS would like to inform you that the Middle East and North Africa Conference for Research on Public Administration will be held in Manama – Bahrain on April 23 to 24, 2014. 

What is MENAPAR?

MENAPAR is being set-up as a network of organizations (networks) that are active in the scholarship/practice of Public Administration in the Middle East and thus named Middle East & North Africa Public Administration Research (MENAPAR). Contrary to conventional research networks which mainly associate ‘research providers,’ public sector organizations with an interest both to produce and use research are sought as active members of the MENAPAR.
BIPA will facilitate the launch of MENAPAR until it is established independently within a regional group of public administration as part of the IIAS network of regional groups. An organizational meeting of MENAGPA (the regional group that will host MENAPAR) is expected to take place during the MENAPAR conference in Bahrain on 23-24 April 2014.
Though focused on the Arab region, MENAPAR will be open to participation from institutions, scholars and practitioners on a global basis. However it will not be (yet) another organization competing for the Public Administration, public policy, and governance agenda in the region. Rather, it will try to create synergy effects between existing ones.

MENAPAR seeks to:

– become a forum for research and academic/ practitioner exchange on the important topics of public administration, public policies, and good governance in the Arab region;
– harness the collective intellect and efforts of organizations in the region to promote evidence-based PA and policy-making;
– promote a research culture and research capacities in the region’s public sectors;
– develop an indigenous research discourse on PA; one that tackles the problems of PA in the region as identified by the local actors;
– provide a resource base for all actors in the Arab PA scene to use evidence for policy and decision-making. Resources can be in terms of people/consultants, research, or networking.

MENAPAR Conference:

Following two first preliminary events where the concept was first tested and then elaborated, BIPA and the UNDP will hold a two-day MENAPAR conference on “developing a research agenda for public management in the MENA.” A call for contributions has been developed herewith and seeks your participation in the conference through an extended abstract. A presentation will be requested upon acceptance of your submission. Other than presenting research about Arab public administration, the conference will include two plenaries one on the research agenda for MENAPAR, and the second will lay the ground for the formal establishment of a MENA group of PA. Those who are interested in participating in such a group are encouraged to attend.

Download the Call for paper


22 Jan 2014

NISPAcee 22nd Annual Conference

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NISPAcee has the pleasure to invite you to the 22nd NISPAcee Annual Conference “Government vs. Governance in Central and Eastern Europe“, on May 22-24, 2014 in Budapest, Hungary.

Organized in cooperation with Corvinus University of Budapest and the National University of Public Service, Budapest, Hungary

Please be informed that the ON-LINE REGISTRATION FOR THE CONFERENCE is open on


1. The deadline for conference on-line registration is: April 3, 2014 (obligatory for all Paper presenters).

2. The deadline for extended conference on-line registration (with a post-deadline fee of 100 €) is only for participants without papers : May 10, 2014.

From May 11, 2014 conference registration will be CLOSED.

Please read the Registration guide before proceeding.

10 Jan 2014

2014 AGPA Annual Conference

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2014 AGPA Annual Conference

Jakarta, Indonesia, August 27-29


Welcome to Jakarta !

The Asian Group for Public Administration (AGPA ) in close collaboration with Office of the Vice President, the Ministry of Administrative Reforms, the National Institute of Public Administration and Universitas Indonesia are glad to announce that the 2014 Annual Conference of AGPA will take place in Jakarta, Indonesia from 27 to 29 August.

The call for papers are available here.

More information will be provided in due time.  Please visit the AGPA Website:


Call for Papers

International Conference on

Next Steps for Public Administration in Theory and Practice:

Looking Backward and Moving Forward

November 16-18, 2014

Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China

Deadline: March 1, 2014


Program Committee

James Perry, Editor-in-Chief, Public Administration Review &

Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Indiana University ([email protected])

Ma Jun, Professor & Director, National Chinese Public Administration

Research Centre, Sun Yat-sen University, China ([email protected])

Hon Chan, Professor, City University of Hong Kong ([email protected])

M. Jae Moon, Professor, Yonsei University ([email protected])

The Program Committee invites submission of quality paper proposals for the International Conference on “Next Steps for Public Administration in Theory and Practice,” which will be held in Guangzhou, China on November 16-18, 2014 in celebration of Public Administration Review’s 75th as well as Sun Yat-Sen University’s 90th Anniversaries. The committee is interested in significant, original, and rigorous papers that discuss theoretical, methodological, and practical challenges and opportunities particularly in the age of austerity, complexity, uncertainty, and interconnectedness.

Public administration as a field has become theoretically more interdisciplinary and methodologically more rigorous, while the practice of public administration has been evolving in an increasingly complex and uncertain environment. Responding to growing demand for new theoretical frameworks as well as innovative, interactive, and interdependent policy tools, the conference aims at offering an intellectually challenging and practically relevant opportunity for both scholars and practitioners.

All accepted papers will be compiled and published on the conference website.  Plenary papers and others presented in the conference will be published in a themed issue of PAR in 2016 after regular peer-review. Theory-driven, empirical or practically relevant research papers are welcome. Research topics might include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • New challenges to public administration in the age of austerity and uncertainty
  • Citizen participation and governance
  • Quality of government and government performance
  • Collaborative government in a networked society: opportunities and challenges
  • Improving theories and methods in public administration research
  • Transparency, openness and accountability in the public sector
  • Applications of new technologies for emerging public administration problems
  • Measuring public value
  • Revisiting professionalism, public values, and ethics in the public sector
  • Searching for new institutional design for emerging policy challenges in energy, environment, water, disaster management

Both individual paper proposals and panel proposals are welcome. Proposals must be submitted electronically to Meili Niu at [email protected] by March 1, 2014. Individual paper proposals should be no more one page and include paper title, author name(s) and institutional affiliations, contact details, and brief description of paper, while panel proposals should be no more than three pages and include panel title, names of panel chair and authors, institutional affiliations, and short description of the panel papers. Individuals are neither allowed to submit more than two proposals nor present two papers (regardless of singled or coauthored papers).

The primary author will be emailed the notification of acceptance or rejection by April 30, 2014. Completed papers are expected to be submitted to the Program Committee by October 15, 2014.

Sun Yat-sen University will provide presenters with accommodation and meals up to three nights. No conference registration fee will be charged.

Any questions regarding the conference may be sent to Dr. Meili Niu at [email protected] or any of program committee members via email.


Conference Venue

Sun Yat-sen University was founded in 1924 by Dr. Sun Yat-sen, a great democratic revolutionary leader of the 20th century. The University is located in Guangdong Province, an area neighboring Hong Kong and Macao, which is at the forefront of China’s reform and opening up. Being one of the leading universities in the People’s Republic of China, Sun Yat-sen University is one of the leading universities with about 83,633 students studying on four campuses in Guangzhou and Zhuhai. Benefiting from its location near Hong Kong and Macao and the regional advantage of opening and economic development, the university has become an important base for training high-level talents, scientific research, providing services to society and inheriting cultural traditions. According to the Times Higher Education World University Ranking for 2010-2011, Sun Yat-sen University was ranked in the top 200 in the world.

05 Dec 2013

2nd IIAS African Forum in Yaoundé

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The 2nd African Forum IIAS was held on 28 and 29 November 2013 at the Palais des Congrès of Yaounde (Cameroon).

It was organised by IIAS in partnership with the Ministry of Public Service and Administrative Reform of Cameroon (MINFOPRA) IMPGT Aix-Marseille University and with the support of the Hanns Seidel Foundation. The Delegation of IIAS was composed of the Director General and the Executive Secretary of IIAS. The Director of Publications of IIAS – representing IMPGT – also functioned as Chairman of the Scientific Committee of the Forum.

Approx.100 people attended the forum held on the theme “The Major Structuring Administrative Reforms in Africa“. The morning of Thursday, November 28th was devoted to plenary sessions and afternoon workshops. An official dinner was given in the evening. The morning of the second day included workshops followed by conclusions. An excursion was organised in the afternoon which allowed participants to visit a craft market and a zoo. A farewell dinner was hosted in the evening around Yaounde.

Find more information about the Forum on the the IIAS African Forum Website.

01 Oct 2013

LAGPA Plenary Session

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lagpa-shadow[1]The Latin American Group for Public Administration (LAGPA) informs that it will hold its Third Plenary Session on 23-25 October, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro.

The event will take place at the Latin American Center of Public Policies at Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) and will address the creation of the Latin American Observatory on Public Administration.

More information will be available soon.



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