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MAY 2015: Public Administration Theory Network
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5/29/2015 to 5/31/2015
When: 5/29/2015

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Call for Papers

Public Administration Theory Network
Annual Conference, May 29-31, 2015
Metropolitan Hotel, Vancouver, British Columbia


Anti-Government: Different this time?


            The end of the cold war was a moment of celebration for free market enthusiasts, and it also ushered in a Reagan-Thatcher style of neoliberalism with an accompanying anti-government ethic that sometimes included ridicule. The anti-governmental narrative did not recede in the subsequent era of market fundamentalism. Instead, numerous governing challenges became more difficult, including regulation of carbon emissions, implementing a macroeconomic fiscal policy that could stimulate the economy, and rising inequality. Federal, state and local governments reduced some services and contracted-out others. The risk of corruption and other insider games loomed larger as government agencies were made leaner and government functions were privatized. Thus far, public administration has seemed unwilling or unable to defend itself, perhaps trapped in its own self-reinforcing narratives about expertise, non-partisanship, and aversion to politics.


            The 2015 Program Committee invites paper and panel proposals that track along the conference theme, or any of the following topics:


1. Comparative and international anti-government.

2. The web of anti-government imagery.

3. Serving public interests in a context of anti government initiatives.

4. Market narratives and market reforms: Implications for practice.

5. The seeming inability of public administration to defend itself against a hostile narrative. 

6. Social media, democracy and anti-government sentiment.

7. The Foucault effect: Governmentality, governing, and governance.

8. Apathy and activism: Imagining an activist role for public administration.

9. Quantitative methodology as ideology.

10. Redescribing public administration as policy implementation.

11. Theme 11: None of the above.


            For panel proposals, include a one-page abstract for each paper in the panel. Deadline for both paper and panel proposals is Sunday November 16, 2014. Send to both Hugh T. Miller and to Jeanine Love


Program Committee

Hugh T. Miller, Professor, Florida Atlantic University

Chris Erickson, Sessional Lecturer, University of British Columbia

David Kasdan, Assistant Professor, Incheon National University

Larry Luton, Professor Emeritus, Eastern Washington University

Cheryl Simrell King, Member of the Faculty, Evergreen State University

Jeannine Love, Assistant Professor, Roosevelt University

Alexandru Roman, Assistant Professor, California State University, San Bernardino

Charlene Roach, Lecturer, University of the West Indies

Umar Ghuman, Assistant Professor, California State University Stanislaus

Lester Leavitt, Doctoral Candidate, Florida Atlantic University


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