International Public Management Network (IPMN)

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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

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About IPMN

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:


About NUPS

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:


Conference Theme

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.


Next steps

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.


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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.


Program Committee


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.

The Science of Delivery, December 9-12, 2014. Hong Kong PDF Print E-mail





The International Public Management Network's 2014 conference was hosted by the Department of Public Policy of the City University of Hong Kong. Scholars and practitioners have a treasure trove of evidence using a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods linking successful delivery of interventions with local politics, culture, capacity, and other factors that affect delivery outcomes. However, some of this experience is not easily accessible, buried in lengthy reports, files, datasets, and as tacit knowledge in the heads of practitioners and evaluators. At the same time, there have been recent theoretical advances in many scholarly fields ranging from systems engineering, behavioral economics, complexity, and organizational development that are being exploited to help countries organize the emerging evidence on successful delivery to help them improve their results. These new sources of knowledge can help managers in adapting their projects to local conditions, ultimately resulting in a higher level of success.

Over the course of 3 days, 9 – 11 December, 2014, invited scholars and practitioners presented their latest research on a range of delivery issues such as the Rapid Results Approach, co-production, and the link between substantial monitoring and evaluation processes and successful education outcomes. There was also work presented on network visibility, the urban-rural gap in governance, emergency food aid, the limits to competition among public service providers, performance management in cities, online mapping of roads and highway systems, the search for greater democracy and managing citizen's expectations. The challenge was explored of finding common ground in public policy and public management perspectives, and moving from donor funding towards a sustainable resource base. A common theme was the wide diversity of approaches that have been used to improve delivery across different sectors and contexts. Papers will be published in the first 2015 issue of International Public Management Review. The conference agenda is here: icon Schedule  

While most participants took the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of face-to-face conversation in the midst of a world class city, one team linked to the conference electronically from the USA to share their research findings. IPMN also linked electronically with another conference on the related topic: "Delivery in action," 11-12 December 2014, meeting in Berlin, Germany. Delegates from each conference shared perspectives, and agreed to work together on preparing and ensuring high quality of science of delivery case studies that could benefit both governments and development partners in developing countries.




Pallot Award for Best Article in IPMJ Vol. 14 2011 PDF Print E-mail

The International Public Management Network created the June Pallot Award for best article published annually in the International Public Management Journal with emphasis on public sector accounting, accountability and finance after her death in 2004. June served as Associate Editor of IPMJ beginning in 2000. Her career is an inspiration to all. She took part in and then conducted research and published on New Zealand's public sector financial management reforms for more than two decades. Her interest in public sector financial management issues preceded 1984, the year New Zealand commenced a rapid period of economic and public sector reform, and continued until her death on 5 November 2004 at the age of 51. Her research on public sector financial management, and New Zealand's public sector financial management reforms in particular, was both prodigious and insightful. June Pallot had a vibrant personality and a great sense of humor. She supported and cared for others, and she always exhibited graciousness and optimism. Her death was a great loss to the academic world. Beyond her professional accomplishments, for many of us June's passing meant the loss of a dear personal friend.

We are pleased to announce the recipient of the June Pallot Award for best article published in volume 14 (2011) of the International Public Management Journal with emphasis on public sector accountability: Chan Su Jung, City University of Hong Kong for the article "Organizational Goal Ambiguity and Performance: Conceptualization, Measurement, and Relationships" which appeared in issue number two.

Congratulations to Chan Su Jung as the winner of the June Pallot Award for volume 14 of IPMJ!

The Editors

Book from the IPMN Rotterdam conference is out PDF Print E-mail

The new book from the IPMN 2010 conference in Rotterdam is published. The book is edited by Steven Van de Walle and Sandra Groeneveld. It is available through our IPMN Bookstore at Amazon.

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