Future of Public Administration
What next for Public Administration?
In a recent contribution to Statecrafting, Christopher Pollitt criticizes the academic discipline of public administration for becoming less relevant, more parochial, self-referential and adrift from practice. A damning yet important indictment, given by one of its greats towards the end of his career. But what do younger scholars make of the state of our profession? Do they share Pollitt’s criticism or do they harbour a more optimistic view? And what do they see as their role in furthering our field?
The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ASPA as an organization. Data collected by The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement indicates the number of millennial voters during the 2008 presidential election nearly matched their baby boomer grandparents. Millennial and Boomer turn out for President Obama’s first campaign was 51 percent and 69 percent respectively. Boomers are well-known for their commitment to civic engagement and millennials are the generation that grew up voting for their favorite idol. President Obama’s 2008 campaign should have served as a wake-up call to Generation X. Millennials outnumber us and, unlike us, they are willing to vote for what they want. What might millennials want a governance model to look like? This group can be contradictory so it should not be surprising their concepts of governance might be as well. Also known as the “me” generation, they are highly sensitive to issues of fairness, inclusiveness and social equity. Contrary to their heightened sensitivity, rules are of little value to them.
Utopias for public action. democratic, economic and digital future of the State
15th Annual International Meeting of Public Management – Wednesday, May 25, 2016
(Des utopies pour l’action publique. les futurs démocratiques, économiques et numériques de l’Etat
15e édition des Rencontres Internationales de la Gestion Publique – Mercredi 25 mai 2016)
Destabilised facing an elusive future, the state, as if disconnected from history, can not write its new novel. At the time of the reign of expert reports, it struggles to fundamentally question the challenges facing him and, therefore, to deploy public actions to address them. It remains a prisoner of the short-term approach logics, of urgency and excessive technicists solutions. What if the state was conducting a prospective analysis to give meaning to its action? What if it were using its immagination to think otherwise, driving a practical and political thinking and project itself into another future?
OGP: Shaping an African agenda on open government reform
The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a bold initiative between governments and civil society organizations that seeks to make governments more open, accountable and responsive to citizens. In less than five years, 69 governments have joined. The OGP is where new global norms for government transparency are now being set.
This year the OGP is co-chaired by the Government of South Africa and emboldened by the African Union’s declaration of 2016 as the African Year of Human Rights. It is time for the OGP to develop a truly African agenda, one that is led by African citizens and African countries and one that opens the space for the poorest and most vulnerable people to claim their rights.
EU: Asylum rights: over 330 300 beneficiaries in the European Union in 2015 (Droit d’asile : plus de 330 300 bénéficiaires dans l’Union européenne en 2015)
On April 20, 2016, Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union (EU) has published the 2015 figures of decisions on asylum applications made in the EU. 1.2 million people have applied for asylum, 330 350 of them were granted a protection status, a figure up 72% compared to 2014.
Of all persons granted a protection status, 246,200 were granted refugee status (74% of all positive decisions), 60 700 subsidiary protection (18%) and 26 500 authorization to stay for humanitarian reasons (8%).
The Prime Minister told the Council of State to conduct a study, asking him to make a critical assessment of the measures adopted since 2007 to protect persons issuing, in good faith, alerts, and make proposals to improve ‘efficiency. The study was finally adopted by the plenary General Assembly of Council of State in February 2016.
Canada: Laval, a unique laboratory experiment (Laval, un laboratoire unique d’expérimentation)
The mayor of Laval, Marc Demers, with General Manager of the City, Serge Lamontagne, the Director General of ENAP, Nelson Michaud, professor and project manager, Gérard Divay unveiled a monograph for the approach to the general reorganization of the City. A genuine source of lessons for municipalities, the administrative recovery strategy deployed in Laval in the last two years is unique.
France: Annual report on equality between women and men in the public service (2015 edition) (Rapport annuel sur l’égalité professionnelle entre les femmes et les hommes dans la fonction publique (édition 2015))
This second annual report on equality between women and men in this public service presents the latest news on equality policy in 2015, the feedback from the practice of public employers and the challenges facing 2016-2017.
Many gendered statistics on staffing, recruitment, remuneration, working conditions and social action offer a comprehensive overview and comparison of the situation of public officials.
Belize: Improving the Public Service with Guiding Principles and Policies
“This morning we are having one of several focus group discussions to discuss a charter for Caribbean public service. It is a regional initiative borne out of CARICOM however it emanated from a Ministerial Conference held in July of last year where the best practice of CARICAD and CLAD which are two regional organizations, one responsible for Latin American Countries and CARICAD being responsible for looking at administration and how we improve public administration. So the discussions that we are going to be having here this morning is to look at a draft charter. That charter is actually a document which provides guiding principles and concepts and policies in terms of how we can improve the public service. It would be presented to the heads of government in July of this year for it to be supported. It’s a regional document so this draft document is actually in circulation across CARICOM jurisdictions where public administration are looking at harmonizing efforts and taking best practices and sharing expertise in terms of modernizing and having the public service be more citizen centered.”
Morocco: The Court of Auditors lists the flaws of the public service (La Cour des comptes énumère les tares de la fonction publique)
The Court of Auditors is preparing a study on the public service. Driss Jettou revealed in to the memebers of parliament its initial findings. The Court of Auditors is finalizing a study on the system of public service. This study presents a diagnosis of the reality of the administration and the results of the major reforms in the sector. During his time in parliament on May 4, Driss Jettou, the first president of the Court of Auditors presented the first conclusions of this study. Regarding the current situation of the public service, Morocco has 585,500 employees, according to statistics from 2015. 90% of these employees are concentrated in five departments: education, interior, health, justice and finances. Nevertheless, “the geographical distribution of staff at the national level does not answer any economic or demographic logic,” says the president of the institution, Driss Jettou, which points to the high concentration of officials in some areas such as Rabat and south to the expense of Tangiers-Tetouan or Doukkala-Abda.
What Pakistan needs is an objective evaluation of current socio-political and economic scenario. Street politics and protests are not likely to solve the complexity of problems that have constitutional, legal and leadership implications. The non-serious attitudes of younger political leaders reflect nothing but their lust for power. Leadership of the opposition needs to be objective, innovative, realistic, less royal and inward looking. They need to understand their own weaknesses and failings before pointing finger at others. Need for public approval is important. Both the government and the opposition has to realise this. Accountability is essential. But there is method even in madness. Panama papers have not revealed anything new. Democratic process needs to be strengthened. It needs continuity and stability, a dynamic balance for socio-economic development, especially in the context of terrorism.
CAF, ECLAC and Cisco Join Efforts to Digitize Education in Latin America, Connect Classrooms, and Prepare the Education Sector for the 21st Century
The first cross-sector and regional meeting to address the role of technology in education will take place this May, with the presence of high-level government officials, wherein the role of connectivity and technology in education and the effective transformation of education process will be discussed.
Canada’s strategy for sustainable development
The Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) is the government’s plan and vision for a more sustainable Canada. A draft 2016–2019 strategy was released for consultation in February 2016.
The new strategy outlines how 37 federal government departments and agencies are working to create a sustainable economy and protect the environment for the next three years. The strategy also outlines the Government of Canada’s environmental sustainability contributions to the 2030 Agenda, a set of global sustainable development goals.
Africa Regional Forum On Sustainable Development
Addis Ababa — The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) will in May convene the second session of the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD 2016) in Cairo, Egypt, to discuss Africa’s development, integration and transformation, among other issues.
The ARFSD 2016, which would be held from 17-19 May, will be held under the theme; “Ensuring Inclusive and Integrated Implementation and Follow-up of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Agenda 2063”.
The UN Climate Change Secretariat has published an update to its synthesis report on the collective impact of national climate action plans (Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, or INDCs), submitted by governments as contributions to global climate action under the Paris Agreement.
Since the publication last October of the first synthesis report prepared ahead of the Paris Climate Change Conference, 42 additional countries submitted their INDCs. The updated report now captures the overall impact of 161 national climate plans covering 189 countries and covering 95.7% of total global emissions. (The European Union and its 28 member States submit a joint INDC.)
UN-Department of Economic and Social Affairs
“We have to remember that we are citizens of a country but also citizens of the world. […] What affects other people in the world also affects us,” said SDG Advocate and Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker, during a discussion with Thomas Gass, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs in UN DESA, which took place in the Digital Media Zone at the High-Level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on 21 April.