PA News : 10/02/2016

Public Management

Is public management research neglecting the state?Is public management research neglecting the state?

Is public management research a flawed kind of statecraft? Will it displace entirely old-style public administration research? And the big questions? If you are interested in this topic, check out the conversation on Public management and the state and Professor Alasdair S. Roberts’ post “Why public management is a flawed kind of statecraft” on The Governance Blog . Public management research Professor Alasdair S. Roberts argues that public management research and theory is not above its subject of study and ought to be understood as “the product of a particular phase in the development of some advanced Western states.” Public management research has been gradually institutionalized since its emergence in the early 1980s. Four features can be observed in current public management research: It is disproportionally concerned with governance issues in a few developed countries, including Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States (Hou, Ni et al. 2011, i47-i48). It mainly focuses on management issues within agencies providing services. Less attention is received by other functions such as law enforcement, judicial system, defense, and the legislative and electoral administration. It is not […]

Is public management research neglecting the state?Pakistan: From public administration to new public management

But with caution

It is always an uphill task to put the economy on the right path. Here in Pakistan the minister of finance is the competent authority to run the economic affairs of the country. In the last tenure of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), four finance ministers were changed in just five years but the party could not bring the country out from the eternal financial quagmire and the party witnessed a shameful defeat in the general elections ultimately. The ruling government of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) had decided to hand over the finance ministry to its close confidant Ishaq Dar after coming into power. Ishaq Dar took several steps to keep the economy intact but he could not bring significant improvements. The finance minister had once managed to bring back the dollar under one hundred rupees but the arrangement was temporary as the dollar has gone to its previous position.


OECD: The World Government Summit

Shaping the future of government worldwide

The OECD is a key strategic partner in the summit which brings together over 3500 high level ministers, government officials, experts, representatives from the private sector and civil society to discuss the future of government and public service delivery.

In keeping with tradition the UAE will host the 11th annual meeting of the MENA –OECD Working Group on Open and Innovative Government, which will be held on 7 February 2016 in Dubai.
The working group will bring together policy practitioners in the field of open government and digital government from MENA and OECD countries to exchange best practices. Participants will discuss key findings of the OECD regional study “Benchmarking Digital Government Strategies in the MENA countries” and the OECD regional report “Youth in the MENA region: How to bring them in”

USA: Emergency Management Platforms: Using Data to Save Lives

The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ASPA as an organization.

Open data and social media can help emergency management practitioners better prepare for and respond to emergencies. Emergency managers need a data platform that is easy to use and easily scalable. They need a system capable of aggregating data from multiple sources including different agencies, GIS, social media and more. It must be able to process data into a format that allows for quick evaluation by on-scene leaders, responders and community members. The data must be formatted for dissemination throughout multiple communication channels and different data platforms. Lastly, the system needs to display data in a format that is easily understandable by both emergency responders and the public. Such platforms have been built, but are they being used?

LIPSE NEWS: Roadshow Milan: Evidences and the way forward

On 24 February 2016, Bocconi University Milan will host a LIPSE roadshow during the Bocconi for Government Week 2016

Aim: The LIPSE roadshow event: Learning from Innovation in the Public Sector Environments aims at disseminating the most important evidences of the LIPSE work packages especially highlighting the enabling factors of innovation in the public sector, the related performance measurement system and the risks of doing innovation to create public value. The scope of the debate is to enable a scholar-practitioner dialogue over relevant topics on innovation in the public sector, giving a complete picture on what has been done so far and drawing the most prominent challenges for the future.

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Is public management research neglecting the state?Hot off the press

ETF Live &Learn has arrived. Packed with news and views from across the ETF community. Project Update: Entrepreneurial Communities – as featured on TEDx! Cover Story: Georgia’s Education Minister #‎Tamar Sankidze.  In Depth: The role of skills and education in the UN Sustainable Development platform.

Human Ressources


A new IPAC report out on the 7000+ New Public Servants we surveyed in 2015 and some things we already know about recruitment and retention are beginning to find their way through the useful analysis in this report.

Facing the Future – Examining the Recruitment and the Retention of New Civil Servants in Canada

Intercultural Communication

Public Administration’s Intercultural Health Communication

There exists a research field so far underdeveloped: Public Administration’s Intercultural Health Communication. It is an emerging field as it is only recently when Public Administrations started to consolidate as communicating actor in the intercultural context. Dr. Moreda’s PhD dissertation presents an analysis of the materials that Spanish Public Administrations have targeted towards immigrants during the first decade of this century with the ultimate goal of describing their suitability.

Administrative Culture

Is public management research neglecting the state?VII Congreso Internacional en Gobierno, Administración y Políticas Públicas GIGAPP 2016

El GIGAPP – Grupo de Investigación en Gobierno, Administración y Políticas Públicas – es una iniciativa que surge en 2009 e impulsada por un equipo de académicos e investigadores de Iberoamérica, cuyo principal propósito es contribuir al debate y la generación de nuevos conceptos, enfoques y marcos de análisis en las áreas de gobierno, gestión y políticas públicas, fomentando la creación de espacio de intercambio y colaboración permanente, y facilitando la construcción de redes y proyectos conjuntos sobre la base de actividades de docencia, investigación, asistencia técnica y extensión.

Local Governance

Helping develop a new local government institute in Rwanda

CLGF has teamed up with local government practitioners from the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU, UK) to take forward a new proposal for the development of a local government institute in Rwanda, in partnership with the Rwanda Association of Local Government Authorities (RALGA). The Institute will bring together a number of key stakeholders to work together to develop curricula and provide practical training and capacity building support for officers and elected representatives.

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UK governments must work together to make devolution a success

Further devolution of powers to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will not only radically reshape the British state, but will offer all four governments a unique chance to work together for meaningful reform – this is according to a new report launched today by the Alliance for Useful Evidence and the Institute for Government, in partnership with Carnegie UK Trust. The report, ‘ Devolution as a policy laboratory: evidence sharing and learning between the UK’s four governments’ , says that there is not enough sharing of learning and best practice between the nations and argues that devolution creates great potential for all parts of the UK to test out new policies and learn from each other.

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