International Public Management Network (IPMN)

2016 IPMN Conference: Call for papers PDF Print E-mail

The International Public Management Network invites you to plan your paper submission for its

20th Anniversary Conference

"The Transformation of Public Management as a Field of Academic Study and Practical Reform"

June 1-3, 2016 at St. Gallen University, Switzerland


Twenty years ago the field of public management, obsessed with trend spotting and public affairs, was remarkably parochial. Every country had its own PA and there was very little confidence that countries had much to learn from each other. Very little cross-border scholarly interchange occurred.

The International Public Management Network, founded in 1996, grew out of the need for an intensified exchange among scholars and practitioners across disciplines and cultures. Improving public administration and management was its goal and learning from the world-wide public management community was its aspiration.

As an academic field of study, public administration and management has undergone a sea change. It has become more empirical, more rigorous, and far more international. It has also become much more focused on organizations and human resource management and on governance: procurement/acquisitions management, regulatory design and implementation, in addition to budgeting, accounting, and financial management, the disciplines that were at the crux of the New Public Management. In many countries, it has become an independent discipline, emancipated from political science or general management, to a degree that wouldn't have seemed possible only 20 years ago.

As a field of practical reform, public administration has gained a full-fledged new rhetoric consisting of managerial concepts, vocabulary, and semantics, layered atop the stable bureaucratic foundation of government. It engages in ever more sophisticated private-public-sector collaborative arrangements, and it has created new problems thereby. Most government agencies and bureaus must deal with a growing diversity in their environments, albeit with more or less enthusiasm. Not least, they have responded to ongoing institutional change in a myriad of different ways.

The 20 Year Anniversary Conference of the IPMN invites participants to reflect on the field of public administration and management. Where have we been? What progress have we made? Have we accomplished what we set out to do? What challenges remain? Have we closed the academic/practice gap, rendered the field ever more relevant? What guidance do we give new scholars who want to join us in charting a path toward the future?

Possible topics may include:

   Reviews of theoretical approaches developed for Public Administration and Management that are promising for the next 20 years.
   Research and practice in administrative reform: How to make public management research theoretically innovative and practically relevant?
   Global trends in public administration and management: Where are we going?
   New resources for public administration and management: Which opportunities and threats are they offering?
   Same old stories: Corruption, inefficiencies, abuses still the same or better now?
   Public administration and management as organization studies, as management studies, as behavioural studies



Submission paper proposals: 31 December 2015
Board decision: 31 January 2015
Final paper: 30 April 2015


IPMN 2015 Budapest Conference, September 1-4 PDF Print E-mail

Public Management for the Future:

Innovative ways of Governing and Managing


Conference of the International Public Management Network (IPMN)

Venue: National University of Public Service (NUPS), Budapest, Hungary

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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.


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. Email your full paper to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

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.

Welcome Message from Clay Wescott PDF Print E-mail

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Dear Visitor,

On behalf of the International Public Management Network I would like to personally welcome you to our website.

IPMN is a non-profit network started in 1996 by a small group of public management scholars from different countries who firmly believed in the necessity of promoting public management debate among academics and practitioners following an international and interdisciplinary approach.

To achieve this important aim we decided to avoid a traditional bureaucratic organization and rather created an international internet-based network which is open to any valuable contribution and is completely free.

Since then the IMPN has grown progressively; there are now IPMN members on every continent and IPMN has gained, by means of its intense and varied activities, a leading role in the global debate on public management reforms.

By exploring our website you will discover that we manage two Journals (a traditional Journal, IPMJ and an online-only journal with free access, IPMR), we organize conferences and workshops, we acknowledge prizes, and we have a very active list server.

I am confident you will find, as many have, the IPMN website’s sections full of interesting information and resources for your research and/or professional public management practice.

In 2014 I proudly became the new President of IPMN. Like my predecessors, I will do my best to develop IPMN knowing that I can count on the help and enthusiasm of our core group of IPMN members and of all those like yourself who are interested in public management.

I look forward to seeing you as a new IPMN member.

Dr. Clay Wescott

President of IPMN

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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