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International Public Management Network 2017 Conference

17th -18th Aug 2017, Shanghai, China


In an era of economic globalization and informatization, public institutions worldwide are required to provide higher quality public service and social welfare in response to demands from citizens. However, authorities face unprecedented challenges in fulfilling these expectations, contributing to growing public discontent and suspicion toward public sectors in many countries.


On the one hand, many traditional reform initiatives have led to undesirable, unintended outcomes rather than improving performance and public accountability. On the other hand, officials and public management scholars increasingly realize that it is necessary to develop innovative approaches and governing capacity, to cope with the tough challenges under the growing complexity of economic and political governance. Accordingly, solutions by means of innovation have become pervasive both in public and private sectors. Such innovation is expected to speed up reforms and improve governance, particularly in the cities across the world.


From this perspective, we need to share the ideas, experiences and knowledge of new theories and good practices to learn from each other around the world. The theme of conference this year is:

“Reform, Innovation and Governance: Improving Performance and Accountability in the Changing Times”.


  The submitted papers are suggested to address one of the following sub-themes:


Sub-theme 1: How to Implement Reform Strategies of State and Local Authorities

Strategy implementation is a critical issue in public management. In many unitary systems, strategy implementation through a top-down approach is often constrained by vested interests, collusion and lack of political will, which will lead to failure of reform. We welcome papers sharing theoretical contributions and empirical evidence


Sub-theme 2: How to Promote Innovations in Public and Private Sectors

It is believed that innovation is an important driver for regional and national development. There are many factors promoting or hampering innovation, such as institutions, resources, capacity and motivation. Public enterprises or other institutions may block innovation. It is essential to design specific mechanisms and networks to inspire or promote innovation. Papers on analyzing the lessons or implications of good practice and proposing comprehensive solutions are welcome.


  Sub-theme 3: How to Improve Governance through Reform and Innovation

A sound governance system is a milestone in a state’s modernization, which requires well-designed systems and structures, a high level of capacity, and appropriate mechanisms to achieve the goal of governance. In order to draw legitimacy by improving performance and accountability, both the public and private sectors should play appropriate roles in the governance system. Either theoretical or empirical papers in this area are welcome.


  Sub-theme 4: Urban Governance: Past, Present and Future 

With accelerated urbanization, more than half of the population in the world live in urban areas and this proportion continues to increase. However, all kinds of urban challenges are emerging and are becoming serious, such as climate change, environmental pollution, traffic jams, and social risks. Improving urban governance is central to achieve overall national good governance, and is an important topic in academic research. This sub-theme will be co-organized by China-America Association for Public Affairs. We particularly encourage panel proposals on environmental governance and big data analysis in the urban governance.


  Proposal Submission

We encourage proposals that reflect multiple approaches to the study of the field. This would include papers that approach the theme and sub-themes of the conference from different perspectives including the theoretical, philosophical, synthetic and empirical. Theoretical and empirical papers, particularly comparative studies across different jurisdictions either in the same or different countries are encouraged.


Proposals should be submitted via the mailbox: IPMN2017@163.COM. Accepted papers in this conference will be organized into a couple of symposium in International Public Management Journal or International Public Management Review and other academic journals after going through the peer review process. Those papers published in IPMR will be revised for publication as part of a book titled Reform, Innovation, and Governance across the world with Information Age Press or Emerald. Best Paper Award will be issued in the conference.


Paper proposals shall have a length of approx. 1,000 words. Each proposal should include information on the following issues: analytical framework and research question, methods, empirical evidence, expected results, and expected contribution to the knowledge in theory and/or practice.


Papers shall not exceed 9,000 words, incl. all references. Please follow the style guidelines of the International Public Management Journal. However, in order to save paper space, please use 11-point typeface (preferably Times Roman font), single-spaced


  Conference Hosts and Fees

International Public Management Network, School of International and Public Affairs, China Institute of Urban Governance, and Center for Reform, Innovation and Governance (CRIG) of Shanghai Jiao Tong University will host the International Public Management Network 2017 Conference on Aug 17th-18th, 2017 in Shanghai, China.


There is no registration fee. The conference will cover local meals for all conference participants with papers accepted (only one of the authors can get this allowance for co-authored papers).




  Committee chairs:

  Jiannan Wu

  Distinguished Professor, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

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  Clay Wescott

  President, International Public Management Network

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  Academic Committee:


  Alasdair Roberts            University of Missouri

  Alexander                        Kotchegura Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Moscow
  Fred Thompson            Willamette University

  Kuno Schedler              University of St Gallen
  Mussari Riccardo         University of Siena

  Nancy Roberts              Naval Post Graduate School

  Per Lægreid                  University of Bergen
  Sophal Ear                    Occidental College

  Steven Kelman             Harvard University

  Alex Murdock                 London South Bank University

  Richard Walker            City University of Hong Kong


Important Dates


Proposal submission: March 1, 2017

Notification for abstract acceptance: April 15, 2017

Full paper submission and registration: July 15, 2017

Registration: Aug 16, 2017

ConferenceAug 17-18, 2017