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MAY 2013: Collaboration among Government, Market, Society
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5/25/2013 to 5/26/2013
When: 5/25/2013

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Collaboration among Government,

Market, and Society 

Forging Partnerships and Encouraging Competition 

Shanghai, China

May 25-26, 2013

Conference website


Collaboration and competition among government, nonprofit, and for-profit organizations have been growing trends over the years and have fundamentally shaped the values, operations, responsibilities, and results of public management. Synergy is sought to deal with complex issues that are best handled by multiple agencies or actors. By shifting to market means, competition is used to break (bureaucratic) monopoly and improve public performance. With varying results, different forms of collaboration, from competitive outsourcing to long-term public/private partnerships, have been used in countries with different political, social, economic, and cultural backgrounds. While new opportunities are created, collaboration induces boundary blurring that poses challenges to public management regarding its missions, core technologies and competencies, the nature of its performance, and accountability. Partnerships may also impose constraints on competition, and vice versa. 

In order to explore these and related issues, the Fudan University School of International Relations and Public Affairs (SIRPA), the University of Maryland School of Public Policy (UMD), and the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) will hold a conference in Shanghai, China on May 25-26, 2013. The conference is designed to attract a worldwide audience, including academics and professionals from universities, think tanks, government agencies, nonprofits, and the private sector. 

The proposed conference will examine the various aspects of collaboration from theoretical and empirical perspectives in a cross-national setting. It requests proposals for high-quality, theory-driven papers. Research topics might include, but are not limited to, the following: 

·        Conceptualizations of collaboration, including government-business collaboration, government-nonprofit collaboration, network governance, collaborative governance, and public management reform; 

·        Performance management and accountability in collaborations, including measuring and explaining performance and results, and contract management; 

·        Integrity management and anticorruption in collaboration; 

·        The creation and maintenance of competition; and 

·        Collaborative practices in specific policy areas, including country experiences and comparative studies in such areas as education, health, housing, physical infrastructure, public safety and criminal justice, social services, transportation, utilities, and workforce development. 

Proposals should be submitted through the APPAM website here after November 19, 2012. Review of proposals will completed by January 31, 2013, and notifications be sent directly thereafter. If a proposal is accepted, the presenter must register here in order to participate. The paper should be submitted online by May 1, 2013. 

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.


Program cochairs


Prof. Yijia Jing

Associate dean, School of International Relations and Public Affairs, Fudan University

Editor, Fudan Public Administration Review

Director, Center for Collaborative Governance

Vice-director, Dr. Seaker Chan Center for Comparative Political Development Studies

Prof. Douglas J. Besharov

School of Public Policy, University of Maryland

Chair, International Activities Committee, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management

Coeditor, International Policy Exchange Series, Oxford University Press


Program committee:

Sandra Archibald, dean, Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington; president, Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management;

Hon Chan, City University of Hong Kong;

Angela Evans, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas; president-elect, Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management;

Ariel Fiszbein, World Bank;

Shangli Lin, Vice President, Fudan University;

Maureen Pirog, Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington; School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University; editor, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management;

E. S. Savas, Baruch College, City University of New York;

Haitao Yin, Shanghai Jiao Tong University;

Richard Zeckhauser, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; and

Chunkui Zhu, Fudan University. 

Proposal submissions: The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2012. 

Post-conference publication: Papers from the conference will be considered for publication in the Oxford University Press International Policy Exchange Series. 

In addition, all relevant conference papers will be considered for publication in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 

Language: Please note that English will be the official language of the conference. Abstracts, papers, and presentations are expected to be delivered in English. 

Conference registration: Please register through the APPAM website here after November 19, 2012.



Early registration

(by March 15)

Regular registration(by May 10)

On-Site registration

Chinese Nationals




Student Members of APPAM




APPAM Members




All Others





Hotels: Accepted participants should contact Fudan University here in order to reserve hotel rooms for the nights of May 24, 25, and 26. As room availability is limited on May 26, participants who require a campus hotel on that date should contact Fudan University as soon as possible. (There are one-bed and two-bed rooms, with a price of about USD70). 

Conference schedule: A reception will be held on the evening of the May 24 and a conference dinner on May 25. Coffee and lunches will be provided during the conference. A local sight-seeing trip will be organized during the conference. 

For additional information, please contact Fudan University here. 

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