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29 Jan 2015

Newsletter – Winter 2015

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The new release of the IIAS newsletter – Winter 2015 issue 41 – is out now.

Read the full publication here.

06 Jan 2015

Season’s Greetings

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Season's Greetings

The Director General and the staff of th e International Institute of Administrative Sciences wishes you happy holidays!

May 2015 bring you health, happiness and success!

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

11 Jun 2014

2013 Annual Report

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The IIAS and its entities (IASIA EGPA, LAGPA and AGPA) are pleased to announce the release of their second annual report.

You will find in this document dedicated to the year 2013, a valuable source of information in the field of administrative sciences (interviews, activities, summary of discussions at our events, publications, Knowledge Portal, projects and prospects, financial Information , etc.).

In compliance with our ecological approach, we have chosen to offer this annual report primarily in electronic format.

Happy reading!

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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.

06 Dec 2013

Discover Our Brand New Websites!

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You will immediately notice the dynamism of this new layout. The navigation has been completely revamped and simplified to promote a more modern and more user-friendly approach.

The homepage now enhances our latest news, the knowledge portal, our activities and those of our partners.

A major change: interaction

With a login zone (in “Members Space“), our contacts / members can now manage their profiles directly in our secured online database (contact information, area of ​​expertise, member profile, etc..).

For the sake of professionalism we have also developed our own tool for managing events.

Very soon, you will be able to register as participants and / or authors to all our events directly via our website. Your personal data will be automatically listed on our online database and your username will be stored to each future events.

In the near future, our members will have the same opportunity to contribute, enrich and directly publish their activities and news on our websites.

Currently, only the IIAS, IASIA and EGPA websites benefited from this brand new design. Our next challenge will focus on two key points:

  • the enlargement of this internet platform to our regional groups AGPA and LAGPA;
  • the creation of discussion boards standardised within each project, study and working groups.

Do not hesitate give us your opinion!

S_Troupin_lg2The IIAS is happy to announce that Mr Steve Troupin has joined the Institute as its new Strategic Projects Officer.

Born in 1984 in Verviers (Belgium), Steve Troupin obtained in 2006 a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Sciences – International Relations from the University of Liège (Université de Liège) and a Master in Public Management and Policy (Master in het Overheidsmanagement en –beleid) from the KU Leuven in 2007. In 2012, he obtains a PhD in the Social Sciences from the KU Leuven, for a manuscript entitled “Professionalizing Public Administration(s) ? The Cases of Performance Audit in Canada and the Netherlands”, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Geert Bouckaert. Trilingual French – Dutch – English, he is specialized in steering and coordination of complex networks, performance and other forms of public sector audit, comparative methodology and professional theories. Since 2007, he is part of the academic staff of the KU Leuven’s Public Management Institute. From October 2012 until June 2013, he was moreover Senior Auditor in charge of the coordination of the risk management project at the Internal Audit Service of the Flemish Administration (Interne Audit van de Vlaamse Administratie – IAVA). Since the academic year 2012-2013, he is in charge, at the KU Leuven, of the Research Seminar, intended to support students from the Master in European Politics and Policies in the process leading to the elaboration of their Master thesis. In September 2013, he has joined IIAS’s staff in the quality of Strategic Projects Officer.

The IIAS wishes him a warm welcome!

08 Aug 2013

A YML Intern at IIAS

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Basel[1]IIAS is pleased to host a “Young Leader Mediterranean”, Mr Basel Natsheh.

My name Basel Natsheh, I’m French-Palestinian, I’m doing an internship at the International Institute of Administrative Sciences for one week.

I’m an economist and obtained my PhD in economics in 2006 from the University of Aix Marseille about “Economic analyses of the Palestinian labour market and employment policies in the Palestinian territories”.

During my PhD, I had the chance to teach and to participate in many research groups then I continued to conduct research with the IREMAM and we published our work.

I participated in many international events, especially the events organized by the European training foundation ETF, in which I got a great chance to be selected as Young Mediterranean Leader “YML”.

My actual job is assistant professor at Hebron University wherz I am in charge to teach several economic courses and supervise research dissertations for my students in master’s level.

I worked as Macroeconomic policy advisor for the Minister of economy in Palestinian territories, manly the macroeconomic policies, the industrial reform policy and a macroeconomic research plan.

I worked with French ministry of finance for the Adetef , to establish the Public finance Institute in the Palestinian territories , hence, I was in charge of organising the need assessment missions for public finance experts, preparing training module for macroeconomic training. This work was in a permanent coordination with the French consulate at Jerusalem and the AFD, French Agency for Development, as I was the representative of the Adetef in the Palestinian territories.

I speak French, English and Arabic; I’m interested in cultures, history and politics

Watch and read Basel’s interview on the Knowledge Portal where he addresses the needs in governance and Public Administration in the Mediterranean and the importance of dialogue in this geo-cultural area.

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