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NOVEMBER 2014: Next Steps for Public Administration in Theory and Practice
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11/18/2014 to 11/20/2014
When: 11/18/2014

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International Conference on

Next Steps for Public Administration in Theory and Practice:

Looking Backward and Moving Forward

November 16-18, 2014

Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China


Program Committee

James Perry, Editor-in-Chief, Public Administration Review &

Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Indiana University (

Ma Jun, Professor & Director, National Chinese Public Administration

Research Centre, Sun Yat-sen University, China (

Hon Chan, Professor, City University of Hong Kong (

M. Jae Moon, Professor, Yonsei University (


The Program Committee invites submission of quality paper proposals for the International Conference on "Next Steps for Public Administration in Theory and Practice,” which will be held in Guangzhou, China on November 16-18, 2014 in celebration of Public Administration Review’s 75thas well as Sun Yat-Sen University’s 90th Anniversaries. The committee is interested in significant, original, and rigorous papers that discuss theoretical, methodological, and practical challenges and opportunities particularly in the age of austerity, complexity, uncertainty, and interconnectedness.


Public administration as a field has become theoretically more interdisciplinary and methodologically more rigorous, while the practice of public administration has been evolving in an increasingly complex and uncertain environment. Responding to growing demand for new theoretical frameworks as well as innovative, interactive, and interdependent policy tools, the conference aims at offering an intellectually challenging and practically relevant opportunity for both scholars and practitioners.


All accepted papers will be compiled and published on the conference website.  Plenary papers and others presented in the conference will be published in a themed issue of PAR in 2016 after regular peer-review. Theory-driven, empirical or practically relevant research papers are welcome. Research topics might include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • New challenges to public administration in the age of austerity and uncertainty
  • Citizen participation and governance
  • Quality of government and government performance
  • Collaborative government in a networked society: opportunities and challenges
  • Improving theories and methods in public administration research
  • Transparency, openness and accountability in the public sector
  • Applications of new technologies for emerging public administration problems
  • Measuring public value
  • Revisiting professionalism, public values, and ethics in the public sector
  • Searching for new institutional design for emerging policy challenges in energy, environment, water, disaster management


Both individual paper proposals and panel proposals are welcome. Proposals must be submitted electronically to Meili Niu at by March 1, 2014. Individual paper proposals should be no more one page and include paper title, author name(s) and institutional affiliations, contact details, and brief description of paper, while panel proposals should be no more than three pages and include panel title, names of panel chair and authors, institutional affiliations, and short description of the panel papers. Individuals are neither allowed to submit more than two proposals nor present two papers (regardless of singled or coauthored papers).


The primary author will be emailed the notification of acceptance or rejection by April 30, 2014. Completed papers are expected to be submitted to the Program Committee by October 15, 2014.


Sun Yat-sen University will provide presenters with accommodation and meals up to three nights. No conference registration fee will be charged.


Any questions regarding the conference may be sent to Dr. Meili Niu at or any of program committee members via email.


Conference Venue

Sun Yat-sen University was founded in 1924 by Dr. Sun Yat-sen, a great democratic revolutionary leader of the 20th century. The University is located in Guangdong Province, an area neighboring Hong Kong and Macao, which is at the forefront of China’s reform and opening up. Being one of the leading universities in the People’s Republic of China, Sun Yat-sen University is one of the leading universities with about 83,633 students studying on four campuses in Guangzhou and Zhuhai. Benefiting from its location near Hong Kong and Macao and the regional advantage of opening and economic development, the university has become an important base for training high-level talents, scientific research, providing services to society and inheriting cultural traditions. According to the Times Higher Education World University Ranking for 2010-2011, Sun Yat-sen University was ranked in the top 200 in the world.

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