The IPSA Research Committee on Structure and Organization of Government held its annual conference, hosted by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, on January 5-7. The theme was: “what makes administrative agencies tick?” The conference benefited from a very large number of paper submissions, which allowed the organizers to be selective in ensuring high quality and coherent panels. Around forty participants presented their on-going work on interrelated themes such as agency autonomy, the changing dynamics of political control, agency competition and survival, bureaucratic expertise, bureaucratic reputation, blame avoidance and the consequences of management reforms. Delegates were fortunate to have two leading public administration scholars – Daniel Carpenter of Harvard University and Donald Moynihan of the University of Wisconsin-Madison – as keynote speakers. The event took place in a lovely venue, overlooking the walls of the old city of Jerusalem. Altogether, this conference was a unique intellectual and social event. Professors Sharon Giladand Moshe Maor were principal organizers of the conference.
The Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration has published a special issue comprised of articles written by Bidhya Boworwathana of Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University. Professor Bowornwathana passed away in August 2013.Governance has also published a note remembering Professor Bowornwathana, who was actively involved in the IPSA Structure and Organization of Government Research Committee, the academic sponsor of Governance. The special issue includes an article originally written for Governance.
Colin CampbellBidhya Bowornwathana of Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University, who passed away in August 2013. Bowornwathana was a “deeply committed and much loved member” of the IPSA Structure and Organization of Government Research Committee, which is the academic sponsor of Governance. Campbell says that he also “exemplified dedication to the principle” that scholarly research should be closely connected to the actual practice of governance. Free access to the note.
Dear SOG Members, Dear Colleagues,
Please look below and read carefully the information for panel and papers submissions for the SOG Research Committee 27 panels at the 23rd IPSA World Congress. The congress will be held at Montreal, Québec, Canada, 19-24 July 2014.
As usual, SOG (Structure and Organisation of Government) will present several panels. There is a ceiling of 10 panels per RC. However joint panels, co-organized with other research committees or sub-sections of national political science associations, are encouraged and will be allowed above the 10-panel limit.
The official final deadline for submitting RC complete panels (topics, abstract, paper givers) on the IPSA web site is October, 7 2013.
2014 Structure and Organization of Government (SOG) Conference - Call for Papers
What Makes Governmental Agencies Tick?
at The Federman School of Public Policy, The Department of Political Science, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Mount Scopus, 91905, Jerusalem, Israel
5-7 January, 2014
This SOG Conference intends to shed light on several themes of considerable importance to the understanding of public agencies as both governmental institutions and administrative organizations. It intends to do so by placing government agencies’ decision making and behavior at the center of attention in order to facilitate a systematic thinking on how government agencies operate and how the administrative state functions. In particular, this conference encourages the development of theories and methods that shed light on the internal shaping of administrative organizations’ uneven responsiveness to – and their management of – their multiple external overseers, competitors, collaborators, clients, regulated entities and the public at large.