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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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