PA News : 5/10/2015

PA in Times of Crisis

Special issue: Fiscal consolidation in Europe: cutback measures and decision-making

Guest editors: Walter J.M. Kickert and Tiina Randma-Liiv

In 2007, EU economies, on the surface, seemed to be doing relatively well – with positive economic growth and low inflation. Public debt was often high, but (apart from Greece) it appeared to be manageable assuming a positive trend in economic growth.

However, the global credit crunch changed many things.

What started as a banking crisis became a sovereign debt crisis.

In several countries, governments became ensnared by the problems of the banking sector when troubled banks started turning to them for help. The high cost of bank rescues led financial markets to question whether governments could really afford to support the banking sector. And as recession began to bite across Europe, the focus on the health of government finances threw a spotlight on the fact that a number of governments.

A special IRAS issue looks to the responses to the European Sovereign Debt Crisis by the Governments of some European Countries and the impacts of this crisis on Public Administration and on Public Sector.      The governments’ responses to the crisis have been diverse but the fiscal consolidation measures followed more or less a similar pattern.   These measures have a huge impact on PA ongoing reforms, on public personnel policies, on public service delivery and on public policies.


Table of ContentsWeek of Public Innovation in France

From 12 to 18 October, 2015, France will honor administration moving to serve all users (individuals, business leaders, association leaders but also civil servants – public officials, public purchasers, and officer of decentralized administrations)

The administration is modernizing. The state is in some areas at the forefront of innovation. This 2nd edition of the Week of the Public Innovation, organized throughout France, will again highlight all these projects and innovative actions developed in public services.

It is intended as an overview of the collective energy that energies innovative public officials.

PA News : 5/10/2015Canada : The Magic Formula of innovation in the Canadian Public Sector 

Globalization, new technologies, changing demographics and budget cuts have led to new and innovative approaches to the development and implementation of public policies and services. In Canada, some factors favor this innovation, according to a “magic formula” described by Professor Luc Bernier at the 67th Annual National Convention of the Public Administration of Canada (IPAC), which was held from August 23 to 26 in Halifax.

The conference had the theme “Governing in the moment: Invite. Integrate. Innovate. “. Luc Bernier was speaking at a panel on the need for public policy makers to adapt so that Canadians can take advantage of innovations in public policies and the provision of a world class public service.

He suggested a “magic formula” leading to innovation in the public sector.

Australia : How do innovators behave?

What are the behaviours that identify an innovator? What are the behaviours that demonstrate that a leader is supportive/expectant of innovation from others?

As our Deputy Secretary David Hazlehurst recently blogged, one of the tasks the Innovation Champions have given themselves is to identify some of the essential behaviours that support innovation. These behaviours will help guide the Champions in their work to support and embed innovation within each of their organisations.


OECD: 7th meeting on Measuring Regulatory Performance: Embedding Regulatory Policy in Law and Practice

The meeting brought together government officials, academics and OECD delegates to identify the challenges to the consistent implementation of regulatory policy and ways to ensure that it is embedded in both law and practice.

  • Panel discussion on “Sustainable regulatory policy: from law to practice” with participants from national governments and parliaments, the OECD and representatives of business associations.
  • Presentation on “Reflections on sustainability of regulatory policy” by Gary Banks, Chair of the OECD Regulatory Policy Committee, and Dean of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government, Australia.
  • Closed-door workshop on “How to measure the implementation of regulatory policy in practice?”.

Trust in Public Administration

P13307492015 Braibant Lecture by Margaret Saner : “Citizens and Public Servants: How is the Trust Relationship Evolving?”

Mrs Saner drew on her experience as a practitioner, facilitator, international adviser and representative. She reflected on the current UNCEPA and IIAS agendas around the status and value of trust between and amongst the public and public servants. Mrs Saner discussed examples of problems faced and overcome by herself and by others. She offered a personal perspective on emerging challenges and speculate on possible directions of travel, including their inherent demands, for the future.

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