Public Management for the Future:
Innovative ways of Governing and Managing
September 1-4, 2015, Budapest, Hungary
Conference of the International Public Management Network (IPMN)
Venue: National University of Public Service (NUPS), Budapest, Hungary
The mission of the International Public Management Network (IPMN) is to provide a forum for sharing ideas, concepts and results of research and practice in the field of public management, and to stimulate critical thinking about alternative approaches to problem solving and decision making in the public sector. For more, visit: http://ipmn.net/
The National University of Public Service (NUPS) started its operation as the key educational institute and think-tank of Hungarian public service on January 1, 2012. Serving as a network hub in the crossroads of government and higher educational institutions, training centers, research institutes, consultancy firms and other agencies, NUPS is a unique higher educational institution within the European Higher Educational Area. In addition to its career-long training and education platform, the university represents a “comprehensive approach” by developing a portfolio that recognizes the growing complexity of social, economic and security problems ahead of the public sector and by enabling the mobility and cross-career paths in public service. For more, visit: http://en.uni-nke.hu/
Governments and their administrative systems are being reinvented. The drivers are not only efficiency, information and communication technology innovations, environmental challenges or implications of economic crises and austerity, but also the results of scientific enquiry about the complex relationships of society, culture, technology, history and how we think about them for achieving public good.
25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall we can draw an account of the generational change of the post-cold-war era. In Central and Eastern Europe, the mixture of tremendous progress and disappointment in the slow development of the modern welfare state has resulted in new ways of developmental path finding. For example, in a context of continued austerity and major limitations for conventional public management responses, the role of both civil society and other actors working with (not just for) the public sector is becoming more important. There is a growing literature on New Public Leadership which picks up on some of this… namely that you no longer ‘control’ the resources nor even commission the response from others…rather the challenge is to ‘lead’ when, like Gandhi, your only leverage may be espoused values, a clear example and persuasion.
IPMN’s 2015 conference, being hosted in the hub of Central and Eastern Europe, Budapest, will explore how public management could be redesigned for the future to better address these new challenges. What would it look like? Who would be involved? How would it function and operate? Will some academic disciplines/methods be more useful than others as guides to operating public programs and/or building the capacity to deliver services going forward? If so, what are they and why?
The conference will be limited to 50 participants, including scholars and practitioners from universities, think tanks, and government agencies from around the world. Papers can be submitted (but not limited to) on the following sub-topics:
- innovation drivers in public services – the role of scientific enquiry,
- exploring possible theoretical advances in public management,
- discourses on the role of state, government and administration: implication for leadership and management,
- global and local challenges of public management: the balance of adoption and constant change,
- technology determinism versus social shaping – science of participation and the role of law,
- comprehensiveness in public service – knowledge transfer and management in education, healthcare, military, law enforcement and research,
- art or profession – skills, knowledge and culture of public management.
Please submit a short abstract outlining:
- The title of the paper;
- A short description of the contents of the paper (maximum 1 page);
- The research method of your contribution;
- Name, affiliation, and contact information of the author(s).
Selection criteria are:
- Originality and innovativeness of the paper,
- Relevance to the above mentioned conference topics.
Email your abstract to:
Submission deadline for abstracts: 1 April, 2015
Submissions will be reviewed by the Program Committee. Only one per author will be considered. Joint submissions are possible, but, if selected, only one person may present it and receive free registration to the conference. The Program Committee, in addition to the selection criteria, will also consider factors to balance geographical and topical coverage.
Notification of acceptance: 1 May 2015
Papers are due August 15, 2015 and they should normally be between 4000 and 8000 words. They will be placed on the conference dropbox so that participants can read them in advance.
Authors of accepted papers will have their registration fee waived and will be offered complementary housing during the conference. Following the conference, authors will be given the option of having their papers published in an IPMN journal and/or conference volume.
Gyula Vastag, Professor and Magyary Chair (Faculty of Public Administration, NUPS)
András Nemeslaki, Professor (Faculty of Public Administration, NUPS)
Hiroko Kudo, Professor (Faculty of Law, Chuo University)
Clay Wescott, President (IPMN)
Steve Kelman, Professor (Harvard University)
Alexander Kotchegura, Professor (Peoples' Friendship University of Russia)
Per Laegreid, Professor (University of Bergen)
Alex Murdock, Professor Emeritus (London South Bank University)
Riccardo Mussari, Professor (University of Sienna)
Al Roberts, Professor (Suffolk University Law School)
Nancy Roberts, Professor (Naval Post Graduate School)
Kuno Schedler, Professor (University of St. Gallen)
Fred Thompson, Professor (Willamette University)
September 1, 2015 (Tuesday):
Welcome Dinner and Keynote Address (Keynote Speaker TBA)
September 2, 2015 (Wednesday)
Two 90-minute sessions in the morning and two in the afternoon.
Lunch, light dinner, refreshments and snacks during the two breaks will be provided.
September 3, 2015 (Thursday)
Two 90-minute sessions in the morning and two in the afternoon.
Lunch, refreshments and snacks during the two breaks will be provided.
Farewell Dinner and Keynote Address (Keynote Speaker TBA).
September 4, 2015 (Friday)
Optional program for a fee.
Options: Visit the Hungarian Parliament or cruise on Lake Balaton combined with a visit to Herend Porcelain or similar based on the interests of the participants.
IPMN’s 20th Anniversary Conference will be held at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, 1st to 3rd June, 2016.