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Call for Proposals. Public Management Research Conference: Seeking Excellence in a Time of Change

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China-America Association of Public Affairs (CAAPA), International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM), Public Management Research Association (PMRA)

May 25-27, 2012

Fudan University, Shanghai, China


We are excited to open the call for proposals for Public Management Research Conference: Seeking Excellence in a Time of Change. This is the second collaborative venture between the Public Management Research Association and the International Research Society for Public Management - the first being the research conference held at the University of Hong Kong In 2010. In 2012 we have a new co-sponsor, the China-America Association of Public Affairs.

The conference will be hosted by the School of International Relations and Public Affairs (SIRPA) at Fudan University. Fudan University is a research-oriented comprehensive university with more than 30 Schools and Departments and is among China's top universities. Public management of Fudan University has been ranked by the Ministry of Education as top 1 in China in recent years. SIRPA has departments including public administration, political science, and international relations. It is highly internationalized with multiple international programs and exchange. In 2007, it hosted the international conference on “Public Administration Research and Education in China” that attracted 28 foreign scholars including four editors of PA journals (JPAM, Governance, PPMR, and IRPA). In June 2011, it cosponsored a symposium on “Collaborative Governance in China” with the International Public Management Journal.

The Public Management Research Association (PMRA) is a nonprofit academic membership association that furthers research on public organizations. PMRA grew out of a bi‐annual series of public management research conferences and has substantially grown its membership base over time (to learn more about PMRA, visit www.pmranet.org). In addition, PMRA now publishes the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (JPART), one of the premier journals in the field. Both PMRA and JPART emphasize the links between the study of public institutions, their management, and the study of public policy. One of the goals of PMRA and JPART is to foster multidisciplinary research from a variety of fields on government and governance. The organization supports the development of empirical and normative inquiry, theory building and systematic testing of theory consistent with the canons of social science, using the full range of quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

The International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM) grew out of a series of international annual conferences that commenced in 1994, and was launched as a formal Society in 2006. IRSPM’s mission is to develop and support research in public management and policy on an international basis by developing and supporting an international network of researchers in areas of public management and policy with a strong multi‐disciplinary and comparative focus. It is probably the most global of all public management and public administration research associations with a large membership drawn from across the world. The journal Public Management Review (PMR), one of the foremost international journals in the field, is sponsored by IRSPM. It publishes the leading research and emergent theory on public management, public administration and public policy from across the world.

The China-America Association for Public Affairs is a membership organization that aims at advancing the practice of public administration and public affairs research in China and in the U.S., and promoting academic exchanges between American and Chinese scholars, practitioners, and students in related fields. Initiated by a network of Chinese-American professors, visiting scholars, and Chinese doctoral students in the U.S. in the early 2000s, CAAPA has worked with many Chinese and American universities to co-host conferences, organize journal symposia, and initiate cross-country research for the past years.

Call for proposals

In the collaborative, multi‐disciplinary and multi‐method spirit of PMRA, IRSPM and CAAPA, the program committee for this 2nd international public management research conference welcomes both proposals that feature high quality qualitative or quantitative empirical research and innovative conceptual proposals without qualitative or quantitative empirical components. Specifically, the committee welcomes conceptual pieces that develop a theory or theoretical framework that provides insight into a compelling research question or subject of study in public management.

Empirical papers will be evaluated based on the significance and quality of the (1) research question, (2) research design, (3) methods, (4) data and findings. Conceptual papers should (1) identify foundational assumptions and key concepts, (2) develop an internally consistent logic or model of causation, and (3) provide novel insights to drive forward the development of public management theory and practice. The program committee welcomes proposals for either empirical or conceptual papers that focus on new areas of research or evaluations of existing streams of research. Proposals from individuals at all stages of their careers are welcome.

All paper proposals should be no more than one page, single‐spaced, and should include the following information:

(1) Author(s) name, title, and institutional affiliation;

(2) Contact details of first named author;

(3) Paper title; and

(4) The full paper proposal.

A person may submit no more than two proposals (including both single‐authored and co‐authored papers). Individuals will be limited to two acceptances (at least one of which must be multi‐authored) and only one opportunity to present research at the conference.

Fudan University will provide accommodation for the nights of the 25th and 26th May 2012. A reception will be held on the evening of the 25th and a conference dinner on the 26th, in addition to this, lunches will be provided on the 26th and 27th May. The provision of accommodation for two nights is limited to 50 delegates. There is no conference registration fee.

Proposals should be submitted to pmrc2012@fudan.edu.cn as either a PDF or Word attachment no later than Dec 20th, 2011. Review of proposals will finished by Jan 31st, 2012. Notifications of proposal acceptance or denial will be sent by Feb 15th, 2012. If a proposal is accepted, the presenter must register for the conference in order to participate.

Requests to be panel chairs also may be submitted to pmrc2012@fudan.edu.cn. Include information about your title, institutional affiliation, and general research interests.

Any questions regarding the conference may be sent to conference co-chair, Yijia Jing (jingyj@fudan.edu.cn) or conference co-chair, Richard M. Walker (rmwalker@cityu.edu.hk).

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