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Call for Paper Proposals for the IPMN 2012 Hawaii Conference

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International Public Management Network (IPMN); The East West Center and the Asia-Pacific Governance Institute

27-29 June, 2012

Conference topic theme: Innovations in Public Management for Combating Corruption

The effort to combat corruption has moved to the center of the debate about improving governance, economic growth and poverty reduction. The impetus behind this move has come from many sources. Increasing flows of aid and foreign investment have increased the temptations for gatekeepers. Donor country fatigue has placed increasing pressure upon foreign assistance agencies to demonstrate that they are delivering maximum value for the money. The negative example of a handful of "kleptocratic" regimes in the Middle East and other regions has underscored the danger of political and social collapse if widespread corruption is allowed to fester unchecked.

The global financial and economic crisis beginning in 2008 was in part precipitated by pent-up structural weaknesses, including a combination of financial market, corporate and governance problems. There was outward tolerance of the deterioration of public/private cooperation into closed circles of influence and privilege. Further, there was obliviousness to the mounting, and largely invisible, economic costs deriving from the lack of transparency and accountability and the shrugging acceptance of corruption. Indeed, there was even a benevolent view of rent-seeking and private collusion as necessary lubricants for the system. The weaknesses were not limited to the government or to lax supervision of the banking system, but included grave problems of corporate governance in the private sector itself, stemming from a lack of transparency and absence of strong competitive checks and balances.

Citizens have served notice that they are no longer willing to tolerate such gross abuses of the public trust for private gain. The liberalization of the press in many countries has enabled journalists to write more freely about official indiscretions. Improvements in education and increased information flow between countries have made their public more aware of anticorruption efforts in other countries and less willing to tolerate systematic abuses at home. The rise of new global nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) dedicated to fighting corruption has helped to bring and keep the issue in the spotlight. Foreign investors are also favoring countries that make concrete progress in their structural reforms.

Against this background, the key research question is whether innovations in public management are helping to reduce levels of corruption. Reforms in financial management, human resources and audit, combined with structural improvements, strengthening of regulatory and oversight functions, and greater transparency, all set out to enhance public sector effectiveness and reduce corruption. What is the evidence that this is in fact the case? Are there examples where such reforms have made corruption worse? What needs to be done to improve our success in combating corruption?

The conference is open to all participants who wish to submit proposals. All those selected to present their papers at the conference will be expected to deliver their papers and also to serve as a discussant of another paper.

IPMN encourages scholars and practitioners from all fields of study to think creatively about how their primary research foci, areas of study and methodologies might be adapted to make a contribution in the topic areas of corruption, anti-corruption policies and methods and the reduction of corruption. Proposals may be submitted that concentrate on government and/or governance at any level of government, e.g., national, provincial, state, municipal, etc. Both theoretical and applied research approaches are needed to address the general topic area and specific questions described above. We recognize that most scholars do not work in the area of corruption, However, given the extensiveness and seriousness of the problems related to corruption we believe it is time for scholars from all disciplines and fields of study to address the problems of corruption from a broader perspective than has been the case up to the present.


1. Proposals should be limited to 500 words, plus figures and tables as appropriate, and must contain adequate information to allow a sound referee review.

2. The outline paper must include the following information:

° Paper title

° All authors' and co-authors' names and institutional affiliations

° Contact information (email address, postal address, telephone and fax numbers) of corresponding author(s).

3. Detailed information with sub-sections on (a) research question(s), (b) theoretical background (as appropriate), (c) methodology, (d) expected results and (e) intended value-added contribution to knowledge in the field of public management.

Abstracts will be judged against the following criteria: (a) originality, (b) theoretical foundations, (c) strength of methodology, (d) perceived contribution to advancing knowledge in the field of public management.

Submissions should be sent by email to Dr. Clay Wescott at cwescott@post.harvard.edu or clay.wescott@gmail.com and to Dr. Professor Riccardo Mussari at Mussari@unisi.it or r_mussari@yahoo.it with a copy to ipmnetglobal@gmail.com


Submission deadline for abstracts 15 December 2011

Notification of acceptance 16 January 2012

Submission deadline for full papers 15 May 2012

For more details, please visit http://ipmn.net/index.php/conferences-a-workshops

For other inquiries, please email the Program Committee Co-Chairs Dr. Clay Wescott at cwescott@post.harvard.edu or clay.wescott@gmail.com or Dr. Professor Riccardo Mussari at Mussari@unisi.it or r_mussari@yahoo.it.

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