PA News – 1/12/2015

Government Entrepeneurs

Escuela de Alto Gobierno - ESAP - BogotáLAGPA : Interview of Prof. Bianor Cavalcanti, President of LAGPA at the Escuela de Alto Gobierno – ESAP – Bogotá

Interview with Prof. Bianor Scelza Cavalcanti, International Director of the Foundation Getulio Vargas – Brazil and President of LAGPA / IIAS. Discussion: “Challenges of the XXIst Century, Public Management of Digital Citizenship and governments Entrepreneurs” High School of Government – ESAP – Bogotá – October 2015.

Prof. Bianor Cavalcanti noted that this type of event, is a fundamental space to somehow calibrate experiences and information through quite rich serious thinking, very attuned to the situations that we live and where much attention is paid to structural changes taking place in society, promoting for greater equity, grassroots development, infrastructure, social and physical processes needed for health and housing This is given by a public administration in conjunction with the business community as well as  mobilization and action entities. Public Administration is always important in this process of governance, policy formulation and implementation. How is Latin America faring on the issue of public administration? Prof. Cavalcanti says. it goes well, as Latin America has evolved considerably, albeit with mismatches.  […]

Cabinet-Level Policies

27246100058410LComparative studies : The reign of entourages

Not a single line of the French Constitution mentions them yet, the increasingly less discreet  “shadow collabotaors” surrounding our political leaders have continued to thrive over the regimes, so that our hyper présidential Fifth Republic became a Republic of advisers. Nothing is accomplished without or against them.

What a paradox that no scholarly work  has been devoted to the subjet for over thirty years! Far from polemics and caricatures, the book repairs this oversight. It brings together a team of historians, political scientists, jurists, sociologists and anthropologists, including many foreign experts, and former cabinet members.  From the “Creatures” of the king, as they were called during the Grand Siècle, to the Chief of Staff and young entourages of presidents Sarkozy and Hollande, via the “cabinetocraty” in Brussels and the councilors of the White House, it shows the widespread phenomenon at all levels of power in contemporary democracies.

Scholarly as much as a pleasure to read, this book opens food for thought to enrich the debate on the role and influence of the “Prince advisors”.

Public Finances

OECD : The State of Public Finances 2015

For most countries in the OECD, 2015 is the seventh or eighth year of dealing with the budgetary consequences of the economic and financial crisis. These years have been marked by challenges of fiscal retrenchment of a scale and nature unprecedented in modern times. Previous OECD publications have tracked the fiscal policy responses adopted by OECD governments during the early years of the crisis (2007-2012). This book takes stock of how these responses have evolved and in recent years, up to 2014/15. Two points are apparent from the outset: the response to the crisis has had repercussions for virtually every aspect of budgetary governance; and there are clear lessons for governments about the conduct of fiscal policy – including in its institutional aspects – that should inform future decisions and the agenda of budgetary reform.

Public Sector Reforms

Escuela de Alto Gobierno - ESAP - BogotáTunisia: Rethinking the reform of public administration

Click here to view original web page at (in French)


Europe: New LIPSE newsletter online

We are happy to share with you the sixth newsletter of the FP7 research project LIPSE:Learning from Innovation in Public Sector Environments. About more than two years into the LIPSE project, our research is now yielding interesting results. During the summer, the LIPSE team published its 5th research report and set of policy recommendations: Determinants and Barriers of Adoption, Diffusion and Up-scaling of ICT-driven Social Innovation: a comparison of six EU countries.

Click here to read the full newsletter.

Public Service

Escuela de Alto Gobierno - ESAP - BogotáBelgium: Walloon Administration : Towards a New Generation of Public Servants

Administration does not carry the noble public image of service to the population any more. The figure of the public servant is often berated. But, public services do bring an essential contribution to society and individuals. It is now time to say it so.

A meeting was held in June 2014 on this theme. Analyses and suggestions expressed during this meeting are now gathered in a publication which is at the same time a “state-of-the-art” publication and brings forth proposals for the future.

Public Marketing

Escuela de Alto Gobierno - ESAP - Bogotá


Registration to the Place Marketing Forum are open : click here to registert !


Escuela de Alto Gobierno - ESAP - BogotáEvents Papers invited for the ECPR Panel at the APSA annual meeting:

Every year, the ECPR organises a Panel at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA) as part of its ongoing collaboration. At the 2015 APSA annual meeting, held in September in San Francisco, the ECPR ran a panel on ‘Responses to Corruption: the Anti-Corruption Record’.

The Panel was organized by the ECPR Director, Martin Bull (Salford), with papers being written and presented by Luís de Sousa (Aveiro), Andreas Bågenholm (Gothenburg), Gabriela Borz (Strathclyde), Ellen Gutterman (Toronto), as well as a tri-authored paper by Alessia Damonte (Milan), Claudio Radaelli (Exeter) and Claire Dunlop (Exeter). The discussant was Paul Heywood (Nottingham). The papers are currently being revised for publication as a Symposium in ECPR’s journal of the profession, European Political Science (EPS).

The 2016 APSA annual meeting will take place from 1 – 4 September in Philadelphia, PA. In keeping with the main theme, ‘Great Transformations: Political Science and the Big Questions of Our Time’, the ECPR will be running its panel on the ‘big question’ of migration in Europe and North America, and its transformative potential (of politics, political debate, political parties, political economy, policies, political culture, supra-nationalism and so on).

Migration has exploded as a political, economic and social crisis in Europe in the past year as well as figuring prominently in North American party leadership debates. It is an issue on which politicians and parties struggle to agree on the analysis or find adequate responses to the problem, even when the issue takes on the dimensions of a humanitarian crisis. The ECPR panel invites paper proposals from scholars from ECPR member-institutions in and beyond Europe (Full Members or Associate Members) on any aspect of migration in Europe or North America, or analyses of a comparative nature. The purpose of the panel is to bring together scholars from different regions and different sub-disciplinary approaches to discuss one of the most formidable challenges facing political systems today.