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June 26, 2019

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In This Issue:

2020 Annual Conference Logo and Theme Released

ASPA is pleased to announce its 2020 conference theme will be, "2020 Vision for Politics, Policy and Administration." Content tracks will include:

  • Vision for Governance
  • Vision for Leadership and Management
  • Vision for Infrastructure
  • Vision for Finance

The conference will take place in Anaheim, California, April 3-7—an ideal location for an in-depth look at state and local governance within these topic areas. California not only provides excellent case studies for domestic public administration challenges, but also offers unique perspectives on global approaches in the field.

Conference planning has just begun as program chairs get started on developing this year's tracks. Keep your eyes on your inbox later in the summer for more details about our call for conference proposals and more news—and plan now to be in Anaheim!

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PA TIMES Online Monthly Author Applications Due June 27

PA TIMES Online is seeking monthly authors for the remainder of 2019. All applications are due by this Thursday, June 27 for those interested in being considered.

If you are reading the nuanced articles we publish through this online forum, you know our authors provide you and the broader public administration community with new concepts, idea starters and valued commentary. Now is your chance to get involved!

We are looking for columnists who can speak to a range of subjects that are dominant in the discipline for the next six months. Topics include:

  • Infrastructure and technology
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Equity
  • Budgets and financial management
  • Workforce automation
  • Evidence based decisionmaking
  • Leadership and management

Interested in joining our columnist pool? Submit an application, including a sample column, for consideration. First-time authors and students are welcome!

All applications must be submitted by June 27, 2019 for consideration.

Questions? Contact us for more information! Current authors need not re-apply.

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E-Learning Takes You to the Next Level

ASPA's e-learning opportunities are ongoing throughout the year. Averaging 75 attendees per live event and free for anyone to participate, these events provide you with valuable insights and information at your fingertips. Visit our website to stay informed about all upcoming webinars including KeepingCurrent, BookTalks and the Student and New Professionals Series.

ASPA has been featuring content looking at leadership and management throughout the month of June and will be focusing on infrastructure throughout July. Before the month is over, take a few minutes to check out ASPA president Paul Danczyk's video about this month's theme, as well as other events taking place. Click on the graphic below to view the video.

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Upcoming Webinars:
Revisiting the Biden Challenge: How ALICE Can Help Rebuild the Middle Class
June 27 | 1 p.m.
Maria Aristigueta, Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration, University of Delaware
Stephanie Hoopes, United Way ALICE Project

ASPA's 2019 Annual Conference featured a robust discussion about the University of Delaware Biden Institute's Biden Challenge, through which public administration students, scholars and practitioners were encouraged to work on new ways to grow equity across the country. Of specific focus at the Annual Conference were the workforce issues affecting the middle class including income inequality, defining the poverty line, transportation equity, health and child care challenges and more. This webinar will revisit that session and take a deep dive into the United Way's ALICE project. Join this discussion to hear more about how equity across all measurements affects our country in big and small ways. (Click here to view the video from the conference.)

BookTalk: Surveillance, Transparency, and Democracy: Public Administration in the Information Age
July 11 | 1 p.m.
Akhlaque Haque, University of Alabama—Birmingham

In this well-informed yet anxious age, public administrators have constructed vast cisterns that collect and interpret a meteoric shower of facts. In his new book, Surveillance, Transparency, and Democracy, Akhlaque Haque demonstrates that this pervasive use and increasing dependence on information technology enables sophisticated and well-intentioned public services that nevertheless risk deforming public policy decisionmaking. Haque sees the contradiction at the core of a public that seeks services that require a level of data collection that triggers fears of a tyrannical police state.

Student Webinar: Persuasive Presentations: The Art of Effectively Conveying Research Results
July 18 | 1 p.m.
Ana-Maria Dimand, Moderator, Florida International University and ASPA Student Representative
Karen Garrett, American Society for Public Administration
Nuriel Heckler, University of Colorado Denver
Juniper Katz, University of Colorado Denver

Perfect for students new to sharing their research with fresh audiences, this webinar will provide you with different tactics to get more comfortable with presenting your research findings, especially those of a scientific nature. Highlights of this webinar will include communicating your research in ways that will make sense; formatting PowerPoint presentations that best showcase your research results; mastering the assertion-evidence approach; effective storytelling that will contextualize your data; and persuading an opposition audience that your findings matter. If you’ve ever struggled to convey to an audience why your research matters to them, listen in on this discussion and pick up a few tips that can help you in future presentations.

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Focus on Membership: Archived E-Learning Looks at Leadership and Management

In celebration of this month's e-learning theme, leadership and management, here are some highlights from ASPA's webinar archives, available only to members! Make the most of this excellent content!

How Jane Addams Informs Public Administration: This BookTalk introduced us to the remarkable Jane Addams as a pioneer of public administration and so much more. It used Jane Addams' story to reimagine public administration's past to incorporate more diverse voices and ideas. Author Pat Shields described how Jane Addams: Progressive Pioneer of Peace, Philosophy, Sociology, Social Work and Public Administration demonstrates how Addams' life and works were lost and are being recovered in a variety of interrelated fields. Find this discussion in our webinar archives.

Public Leadership Ethics: A Management Approach: Designed to help mid-level and senior managers in organizations dedicated to public purposes, this book provides trained self-awareness to deploy values to guide decisions and build the culture of their organizations. Author J. Patrick Dobel explored with our audience how all managing involves leading and identified the levels of ethical responsibility for managerial leaders. Find this discussion in our webinar archives.

How Performance Management is Impeding Innovation: Measurement is one of the most vital tools we have at our disposal but the desire for accuracy can sometimes be outweighed by pressures to derive data that will advance a pre-ordained case. Ken Miller, a nationally recognized expert on measurement and data, shared his insights on gaming the system during this webinar, which was produced in partnership with ASPA's Center for Accountability and Performance. Find this discussion in our webinar archives.

Cultural Competence, Accountability and Social Justice: This webinar took a look at what recent research has uncovered about systemic racism, civil rights and more. Listen to this archived program through the lens of leadership and management to see what new lessons you can learn. Find this discussion in our webinar archives.

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ASPA Announces Next Public Integrity Editor Team

This week, ASPA announced it has completed its search for the next editor in chief of Public Integrity, its premier scholarly journal addressing ethical issues affecting society. ASPA president Paul Danczyk, with ratification by the National Council, has appointed the team of Mike Potter (Mississippi State University) and Amanda Olejarski (West Chester University); Potter will serve as editor in chief and Olejarski will serve as managing editor.

Potter and Olejarski have begun to transition the journal to their leadership; their editorial term officially begins on July 1, 2019.

"We on the National Council are very excited with the team our search committee recommended for this valuable public role," said Danczyk. "The committee completed a very thorough search process to choose the right fit for Public Integrity. I'm very pleased with this selection and everything Mike and Amanda will bring to this role. Also, I thank Carole Jurkiewicz for her editorship of Public Integrity during the past five years. I look forward to the journal making sustained and significant strides under Mike's and Amanda's leadership."

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In the News

Today's headlines contain plenty of news coverage of some of our nation's most pressing public administration challenges. ASPA has curated some of the most important stories from the past few weeks. If you have not seen these yet, make sure you read them now!


Public Finance

Public Service/Governance

Social Equity

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Members in the News

ASPA member Chris Mihm (Government Accountability Office) was recently featured in a NextGov article looking at closing the government's skills gap—a long-standing challenge within the federal workforce. Read the article here.

Recently featured in the news? Let us know so we can share it!

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Welcome New ASPA Members!
Click here to view the most recent new ASPA members!

National Civic League Announces All-America City Award Winners

The National Civic League has announced the winners of its 2019 All-America City Award (AAC). Each of the winning communities demonstrated civic engagement practices that are inspirational, inclusive and promising in their ability to unite members of the community to collectively and collaboratively help solve our country's most pressing and complex issues. This year's winners focused specifically on creating healthy communities through inclusive civic engagement.

The winning communities are:

  • Battle Creek, Michigan
  • Cornelius, Oregon
  • Dubuque, Iowa
  • Gothenburg, Nebraska
  • Lancaster, Texas
  • Mission, Texas
  • Rancho Cordova, California
  • Rock Hill, South Carolina
  • West Hollywood, California
  • Wichita, Kansas

"Congratulations to all winning communities and finalists!"" said Doug Linkhart, president of National Civic League. "Each winner leveraged civic engagement, inclusiveness and innovation to successfully address challenges facing their communities. These communities serve as examples to others facing similar issues and provide hope that collaboration among community leaders, elected officials and concerned residents will help communities of all sizes tackle complex issues."

Click here for more information.

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2019 MPAC/TPAC Call for Proposals Expires June 30

The 2019 Midwest Public Affairs Conference (MPAC) and ASPA's Section on Public Administration Education's 2019 Teaching Public Administration Conference (TPAC) will be held jointly in Indianapolis, September 19-20, 2019. Hosted by Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, the conference will celebrate the diversity of public administration theory, praxis and pedagogy in a time of social change and upheaval. Proposals for both conferences are due by June 30, 2019. Click here for more information about MPAC; and here for more information about TPAC.

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Call for Contributions: Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance

Work is in progress on the Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance, with more than 2,000 peer-reviewed entries on a broad range of topics in the field. This publication will be of interest throughout the discipline given the range of topics it will cover: organization theory, behavior, change and development; administrative theory and practice; bureaucracy; public budgeting and financial management; public finance and public management; public personnel and labor-management relations; crisis and emergency management; institutional theory and public administration; law and regulations; and ethics and accountability. Invitations to participate in the project have been accepted by scholars from around the world; a call for contributions is currently in the field for some specific areas. Topics may still be open for entries for those interested; please contact editor Christopher Atkinson for more information. All entries are due by August 1, 2019.

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2019 Transatlantic Dialogue This October; Call for Papers Open

The 2019 Transatlantic Dialogue will be taking place October 20-22 at Rutgers University—Newark, cohosted by the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College, City University of New York. The theme will be, "Restoring the Administrative State: Trust, Engagement, Security and Identity." The event will feature five workshops: government performance, citizen engagement, public communication, digital and physical security, and demographic change. All proposals are due by August 15. Click here for more information.

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AAPAM Hosts Executive Course on Diversity

The African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM), in collaboration with the Uganda Management Institute (UMI), will be hosting an executive course, "Leveraging workplace diversity for enhanced service delivery in the 21st century Africa," August 27-29 at the Uganda Management Institute, Kampala, Uganda. Changes in workforce composition, coupled with a rapidly changing work environment, continue to create workplaces and organizations that are notably different from those of a decade ago. The course will cover topics related to managing generational diversity in the workforce, including case studies. The course is designed for executive directors; directors of public, private and nongovernmental organizations; international organizations; senior managers in local government agencies; and more, who will share their experiences and expertise for effective public service delivery in Africa. Click here for more information.

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Special Symposium Call for Papers: JPMSP

A special symposium of the Journal of Public Management and Social Policy seeks papers from scholars, practitioners and students that identify and illuminate the origins, obstacles, opportunities and successful outcomes to achieving social equity. The symposium focuses on social equity and draws upon the three subthemes of the 18th Annual Social Equity Leadership Conference. In particular, this special issue seeks papers that identify policies and practices of government, nonprofit organizations and the private sector resulting in social inequities; measure and assess social equity across policy domains; and provide case studies, from local to global, that highlight paths taken and lessons learned from successful efforts to mitigate social inequity. Abstracts are due by August 30, 2019 and should be no longer than 200 words, clearly identifying under which subtheme they fall. Please forward all abstracts to Brian N. Williams (symposium editor) and Charles E. Menifield.

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Call for Papers: Public Money and Management Theme on "Developing Civil Servants"

Building, developing and retaining an impartial, efficient and effective civil service to work for parliaments is a major problem in many countries, particularly since austerity management was introduced following the global financial crisis. This Public Money and Management (PMM) theme, also the subject of PMM Live! 2019, which will be held in the House of Lords on November 7, will present a collection of articles on the latest thinking on how to achieve transparency and fairness in government and not just create a paid service that can "speak truth unto power" but also one that is capable of managing major projects, commissioning services and demonstrating creativity and enterprise. Submissions of debate articles, new development articles and full papers are invited (see the PMM website or ask Michaela Lavender for author notes). Articles can include all aspects of civil service development, for example: recruitment, retention, training, secondments, appraisals and career management. Submissions are due by August 30 to PMM's managing editor, Michaela Lavender.

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2019 SECoPA This September

The 2019 Southeast Conference for Public Administration (SECoPA) will take place September 5-7 in Baton Rouge. This year's theme will be, "Advancing Public Administration Research and Practice in a Time of Instability and Change." Since 1969, SECoPA has been the gathering place of ideas for public service practitioners, researchers and students in its 10-state region. The conference offers attendees the opportunity to engage in scholarly discourse, discover the latest innovations, share ideas from practitioners in the field and network with other public service administrators across the region. Click here for more information.

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2019 EGPA to Be Held in Belfast

The 2019 EGPA Conference will take place September 11-13, 2019 in Belfast, to be preceded by the EGPA Symposium for PhD Students and young researchers, which takes place September 9-10. This year's theme looks at "Public Administration Across Borders." Click here for more information.

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ABFM Annual Conference in DC This Fall

The Association for Budgeting and Financial Management's (ABFM) 2019 Annual Conference, "Line Item" will take place this September 26-28 in Washington, DC. Registration and hotel reservations are now open. Its call for nominations for its 2019 awards program is open until June 30. Awards include the Aaron B. Wildavsky award, the Kenneth S. Howard award, the Paul Posner Pracademic award and the Mike Curro Student Paper award. Contact awards committee chair Wenli Yan for more information. Click here to register.

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AAPAM Conferences This October

The African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM) will host its 40th Roundtable Conference, taking place this October in Cairo, Egypt. Focusing on the theme, "Innovation, Transforming Institutions in Africa for Sustainable Development," the conference will look at accountability and inclusivity in institutions toward driving Agenda 2065 and the United Nations' new Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Click here for more information.

They will also host their second international conference this October 22-26 in Kampala, Uganda, around the them, "Accountability, Innovations and Quality Public Services Delivery." Contact [email protected] for registration details.

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2019 NECoPA Takes Place This November

NECoPA will host its 10th anniversary conference at LIU-Brooklyn this November 8-10 in Brooklyn, NY. Public governance is now tasked with building more inclusive societies for sustainable development that ensures social justice for all and requires public institutions to be both effective and accountable. Governance for sustainability means governance for a future that reflects values inherent to public service, leading with innovation in public administration. As the 2019 NECoPA convenes with a public service just as under pressure as it was 10 years ago, the event seeks to address innovative ways in which public administrators can tackle wicked problems during fiscal stress and turbulent governance. Interested in sponsoring part of this event? Contact Gina Scutelnicu for details. Click here for more information.

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COMPA Call for Papers in the Field

The Conference of Minority Public Administrators (COMPA) will hold its 2020 Annual Conference in Atlanta, February 26-20, 2020, looking at the theme, "2020 VISION: Refocusing, Reforming, and Restoring Public Service Values and Governance." This year's conference theme is a call to action for public service leaders to embody and exemplify ASPA's core four values; accountability and performance, professionalism, ethics and social equity in our service to the profession and to the citizenry. The theme highlights the courageous work of those who, despite the political, social and economic climax, are using their voice, research and efforts to positively affect and make a significant difference in their respective spheres of influence, communities and the nation. Twelve tracks provide a framework for the conference. The conference program committee welcomes proposals for high-quality conceptual papers, qualitative and quantitative empirical research papers, and policy- and practice-oriented papers, as well as complete panel submissions consisting of no more than four papers. Panel submissions should bring together complementary papers that address similar research questions or topics and provide information on the overall theme of the panel to indicate how each of the proposed papers connects to the panel's theme. Proposals from individuals at all stages of their careers are welcome. Proposals and poster presentations by graduate students are particularly encouraged. The deadline for submission of proposals is December 14, 2019. Email your proposals to [email protected]. Click here for more information.

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PAR Update

Below, you will find the table of contents for PAR's 79:4 edition, which will be released next month. Take a look now at the great content coming through the journal later this summer.

PAR also has released a new virtual edition of highly cited articles. This is free to download, so grab your copy now! (Members only.)

Bridging the Divide: When Research Speaks—and Listens—to Practice (not available online yet)
Jeremy L. Hall and R. Paul Battaglio


Policy Expansion in Local Government Environmental Policy Making
Gwen Arnold and Le Anh Nguyen Long

Drivers of Policy Instrument Selection for Environmental Management by Local Governments
Rachel M. Krause, Christopher V. Hawkins, Angela Y. S. Park and Richard C. Feiock

Knowledge Construction in Public Administration: A Discourse Analysis of Public Value
Franziska Wallmeier, Bernd Helmig and Mary K. Feeney

"Big Tigers, Big Data": Learning Social Reactions to China’s Anticorruption Campaign through Online Feedback
Jiangnan Zhu, Huang Huang and Dong Zhang

Stephen E. Condrey and Tonya Neaves, Associate Editors

The Rise of Public-Private Partnerships in China: An Effective Financing Approach for Infrastructure Investment?
Jie Tan and Jerry Zhirong Zhao


Introduction to PAR Symposium: Understanding and Reducing Public Corruption
Yahong Zhang, David Jancsics and Adam Graycar

Corruption as Resource Transfer: An Interdisciplinary Synthesis
David Jancsics

Institutional Anticorruption in China: Effectiveness on Bribery Incidence
Xing Ni and Xuhong Su (Su Su)

How Do Intrinsic Motivations, Work-Related Opportunities, and Well-Being Shape Bureaucratic Corruptibility?
Yahong Zhang, Ming-feng Kuo, Jinyun Guo and Chun-yuan Wang

Setting a Good Example? The Effect of Leader and Peer Behavior on Corruption among Indonesian Senior Civil Servants
Mala Sondang Silitonga, Marijtje van Duijn, Liesbet Heyse and Rafael Wittek

Neo-patrimonialism and Corruption: Evidence from 8,436 Firms in 17 Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa
Eduardo Araral, Anton Pak, Riccardo Pelizzo and Xun Wu

Ethics by Design: The Impact of Form of Government on Municipal Corruption
Kimberly L. Nelson and Whitney B. Afonso

E-Participation Opportunities and the Ambiguous Role of Corruption: A Model of Municipal Responsiveness to Sociopolitical Factors
Alex Ingrams and Hindy Lauer Schachter

Galia Cohen, Editor

Governing Under Stress: The Implementation of Obama’s Economic Stimulus Program
edited by Timothy J. Conlan, Paul L. Posner, and Pricilla M. Regan (2017)
Reviewed by Tonya T. Neaves and Katherine M. Simon

Empowering the Public-Private Partnership: The Future of America’s Local Government by George V. Voinovich (2017)
Reviewed by Sharon Paynter

When the State Meets the Street: Public Service and Moral Agency
by Bernardo Zacka (2017)
Reviewed by Robert Agranoff

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New on PA TIMES Online

Every Monday and Friday, ASPA publishes a curated collection of original content that covers public service, management and international affairs.

This quarter, we welcome submissions that focus on public service/civil service reform. Send your contributions to us at any time; the deadline is rolling. Contact us for more information.

Check out our recent articles and columns:

The EMS Crisis We Are Facing Today
By Peter Melan

Policymaking in the Public Right-of-Way: Car Sharing
By Patrick Mulhearn

Crystal Agencies: Visualizing How Government Agencies Affect the United States Data Ecosystem
By Bill Brantley

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Director, Advisory Services – Urban Land Institute, Washington, DC

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American Society for Public Administration
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