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The Future of Local Government in Europe. Lessons from Research and Practice in 31 Countries”

(Schwab/Bouckaert/Kuhlmann 2017, Nomos: Baden-Baden) has been published.

It is also available for free download here:

Over recent decades, local governments in Europe have come increasingly under pressure facing a multitude of old and new challenges. Consequently, a wave of political and administrative reforms aimed at coping with these pressures has changed local governance in many nations. Local governments are not only responsible for efficient administration, high-quality services and a legally correct execution of laws, but also for ensuring legitimacy, democratic participation, accountability and trust – often under the conditions of austerity. This volume presents research findings of an international project on local public sector reforms in 31 countries and derives advice for policymakers to shape the future of local governments in Europe. The authors address basic reform areas and key features of local governance like autonomy, performance and participation. The book targets academics, students and practitioners interested in (the future of) local government.

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In addition, EGPA Executive Secretary, Fabienne Maron, has interviewed Prof. Sabine Kuhlmann, Chair of the Action  during the COST closing session. She invites you to read the new publication on the future of Local Government in Europe and the lessons learned from this long-term project.

05 Apr 2017

Fellows in Rio Program

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FGV-rioFGV DIREITO RIO is pleased to announce the fourth edition of our Fellows in Rio program! 

The program is an annual fellowship grant provided by FGV Direito Rio to support a select group of highly qualified doctoral and post-doctoral researchers and professors working in areas related to the School’s research centers (Centre for Justice and Society/CJUS, Centre for Technology and Society/CTS  and Centre for Research in Law and Economics/CPDE). 

We seek to offer economic and intellectual resources to support insightful and promising young legal scholars from all over the world. 

Additional information on the program is currently available at our website:;

Regarding selection process, eligibility, application documents and fellowship grant, information can be found under our call for applications here: 

Please note that application deadline for Fellows in Rio 2017-2018 is April 30, 2017.

The European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) announces the opening of the Call for applications for its European Public Sector Award – EPSA 2017. Applications can be submitted until 13 April 2017.

They are inviting innovative and efficient performers from the public sector across Europe to present their work, to learn from and share with their peers, and to become part of an extensive European network of public sector excellence.

Under the overarching theme “An Innovative Public Sector in 2017 – New Solutions to Complex Challenges”, EPSA 2017 seeks to showcase and reward those cases submitted by public administrations which have demonstrated an innovative approach to public service delivery and policy-making to the increasingly complex, difficult to address and often multi-dimensional challenges faced by the public sector in Europe.

The award scheme is open to European public sector institutions from all administrative levels, as well as public sector enterprises, agencies and public-private partnerships. The lead applicant must be a public sector institution or authority – other applicants in a consortium, can for example be private companies, semi-public institutions, NGOs, universities or training institutions.

For further information about EPSA 2017 and how to submit your online application(s), please consult or get directly in touch with the EPSA 2017 team at EIPA:

Email: [email protected]


Prof. Andrew Podger is congratulated on his award by IIAS Director General, Rolet Loretan

The IIAS is proud to announce that, on March 22, 2016, Prof. Andrew Podger received ASPA’s ” International Public Administration Award” during the closing ceremony of the annual conference of the American Society for Public Administration in Seattle, WA.

This award recognises a personality for outstanding commitments in the area of international public administration which is what Andrew has been working for, not only within the IIAS and ASPA but also within the Greater China Area (People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao), Indonesia and other South East Asian countries..

Andrew has served in the Australian public services for many years and is Professor of Public Policy at the Australian National University.

05 May 2015

Try IRAS for Free with SAGE

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SAGE, the Publishing house of our journal, the International Review of Administrative Sciences, is running a free trial to all titles in their Political Science, Public Administration & International Relations portfolio, including IRAS, as they do each year.  The trial lasts throughout the month of May and removes the paywall from all titles included in the trial.

It’s a unique opportunity for those who have not subscribed to try-out on of the top-rated journal in the fields as well as 50 other journals.

More info on :

ECOSOCIn 1947, IIAS has been recognized as a NGO with a consultative status vis-à-vis the United Nations Economic and Social Council. This status allows IIAS to have a voice in global debates, by participating in meetings, submitting oral and written statements, and networking with partner NGOs.

Interested NGOs can apply for a consultative status through this link by June 1st latest. The Committee on NGOs will evaluate the application. Rights and obligations of NGOs with a consultative status are defined in Resolution 96/31.

IIAS can share its own experience with interested NGOs through [email protected]

President Giorgio Napolitano along with the new judges of Constitutional Court : Daria de Pretis, Nicolò Zanon and Silvanna Sciarra

Swearing of the new judges from the Constitutional Court of Italy: de Pretis, Zanon and Sciarra – Source: Website of the President of the Italian republic.

The IIAS is proud to announce that the President of the Italian National Section, Daria de Pretis, has been appointed judge of the Constitutional Court by the President of the Republic, Girogio Napolitano.

The swearing in front of the President, of the judges from the Constitutional Court took place at the Palazzo Quirinale on November 11, 2014. Daria de Pretis and Nicolò Zanon were appointed by a decree from the Head of State on October 18, 2014. Besides, Silvanna Sciarra was elected by the Parliament during the November 6, 2014 session.

Attended the event: Pietro Grasso (President of the Senate), Laura Boldrini (President of the House), Matteo Renzi (President of the Council of Ministers ), Paolo Maria Nopolitano (Senior judge of the Constitutional Court), Constitutional judges in place, previous Presidents and judges and other State Members.

Official announcement on the website of the President of the Italian Republic

ECOSOCMay is the last month to apply for the United Nation’s ECOSOC consultative status in order to be considered by the 2015 NGO Committee (Deadline: 1 June 2014)

In 1947, the IIAS applied for and obtained a special consultative status at the UN ECOSOC. This has allowed us to be informed of every development at UN ECOSOC in our business domain of public administration and to provide specific input to these debates. In 2013, we were reclassified to a general consultative status, allowing us to participate to other discussions as well.

The call for applications to a consultative status at the NGO Committee remains open until 1st of June. Considering the formidable possibilities it has opened up to us, the IIAS strongly recommends NGOs visiting this page to consider applying. More information can be downloaded here.

Is at the NGO Committee remains open until 1st of June. Considering the formidable possibilities it has opened up to us, the IIAS strongly recommends NGOs visiting this page to consider applying.

Interested ?

Please read the following background note for NG’s

For more information about ECOSOC Consultative status go to

To apply please go to


Western Australia will host the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) 2014 International Conference in Perth on 29 and 30 October at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. Be at the forefront of public administration and celebrate the unique role that the public service has in shaping society and responding to its changing needs. The conference theme is ‘The Shape of Things to Come’. Register your interest and receive latest program updates as they are released.

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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.

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