Learn the latest public administration news in today's edition of The Bridge!

August 23, 2017

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In This Issue:

The New Face of Public Administration

This summer, ASPA Student Representative Andrea Headley worked with Chapters from across the country to identify students and new professionals making a difference in their local area.

The list has been released, showcasing more than 20 students and new professionals and the excellent work they are advancing in the discipline. From budget officers to scholars, from law enforcement officials to nonprofit advocates, these rising stars truly represent everything public administration has to offer now and in the future.

Included on the list currently are:
  • Paula Acevedo
  • Nagesh Chopra
  • Amanda Donelan
  • Jasmine Gales
  • Alexandria Ingley
  • Laura M. Keyes
  • George C. Labonte
  • Nathan Law
  • Rene Lazaro Hernandez
  • Juliet Lee
  • Bo McCall
  • Rick Morgan
  • Doug Patrick
  • Josh Rueschhoff
  • Katie Sears
  • Madeline Sloan
  • John Wagner
  • Justin Williams-Blackwell
  • Scott Wolfe
  • Shontel Zamora
  • Sasha Zapata
You can find more information about each of them on our website. Feel free to contact them, talk more about the work they are doing and congratulate them for their successes!

Want to nominate a student or new professional in your Chapter to be included? This list is just the beginning! Reach out to Andrea with the name of the person you have in mind. All individuals must be a member in good standing to appear on our list of rising stars.

One Month Left to Submit an Annual Conference Proposal

The first step toward a great conference is great content! You and your colleagues have a voice in what we talk about each year and now is the time for you to submit a proposal for research you want to present or on-the-ground tools you want to share.

The conference proposal process is open to academics and practitioners alike. If you are a public servant—city manager, budget analyst, program analyst, procurement official or department head—and have an idea for a presentation, contact us or fill out the proposal form! We would appreciate hearing from you with ideas about some of public administration's most pressing problems!

This year's conference theme, Mission Focused and Service First: Creating Innovative Solutions, centers around bridging theory with practice and providing researchers, academics and practitioners with an avenue to come together around common needs within the discipline.

Ten panel tracks will be featured throughout the conference, providing you with ample opportunities to not only find a home for your ideas but also follow a track and learn from others about developments in each area. Tracks are:

  • On a Shoestring: Budget, Finance and Procurement
  • Before (and after) the Storm: Emergency and Disaster Management
  • An Eye toward the Future: Environment and Technology
  • A Guiding Philosophy: Ethics and the Law
  • Diamonds in the Rough: Human Resource Management
  • Blurring the Lines: International and Comparative Public Administration
  • Winning the War: The Military in Public Administration
  • A Fresh Approach: Nonprofits and Civic Engagement
  • All Are not Equal: Advancing Social Equity
  • A Perfect World: Public Administration Theory
Time is racing by and the proposal deadline—Sept. 22—will approach faster than you think! Start putting your proposal together today!

Webinars, BookTalks and Student Series on the Horizon

ASPA's professional development webinars are ongoing throughout the year. Averaging 75 attendees per webinar and free to ASPA members, these e-learning opportunities provide you with valuable insights and information at your fingertips. Visit our website to stay in the loop about all upcoming webinars, BookTalks and Student Series.

BookTalk: The Politics of African-American Education
Sept. 6 | 2 p.m. ET
Kenneth J. Meier, Texas A&M University
Amanda Rutherford, Indiana University

Based on the 1,800 largest school districts in the United States over a decade, The Politics of African-American Education documents the status of African-American education and the major role partisanship plays. The book brings together the most comprehensive database on minority education to date that centers around three arguments: Partisanship permeates African-American education, African-American representation matters, and political structures matter, but they are not determinative.

BookTalk: Fiscal Administration
Sept. 12 | 1 p.m. ET
John Mikesell, Indiana University

Fiscal Administration broke new ground in its first edition in 1982 by extending the scope of public budgeting and finance instruction in public administration programs beyond discussions of budget process to include revenue and debt policy and administration. The 10th edition continues that extension to include the pressing problem of public pension finance. This edition emphasizes two principles: Students must understand precisely where the money for public budgets comes from and where it goes; and students must "run the numbers" to effectively learn public finance and budgeting and be immediately useful to prospective employers.

Student Webinar: So You Want to Be a City Manager?
Aug. 14 | 1 p.m. ET
Andrea Agha, Town of Miami Lakes
Brant Hanson, Ephraim City, UT
Cathy Swanson-Rivenbark, City of Coral Gables, Fla.
Sebawit Bishu, Moderator, University of Colorado Denver

This webinar will focus on the path to becoming a city manager and increasing diversity in the profession.

Veteran Policy
Sept. 20 | 1 p.m. ET
Raun Lazier, Director of Policy, Department of Veterans Affairs' Office of Policy and Planning
Nathan Williamson, Senior Policy Analyst, Department of Veterans Affairs' Office of Policy and Planning

This webinar will have a special focus on the relationship between the practitioner and scholar. VA experts will highlight their research priorities and areas where academics and practitioners can collaborate, and will outline actions for developing a field of study. It will also offer suggestions on ways to connect practitioner needs and priorities with those of researchers.

Focus on Membership: Update Your Profile!

By now you have received as many as four requests from us to update your ASPA profile with contact details and demographic data. If you have not yet done so (as is the case for many of our members), please make sure to do so by the end of the month.

Providing the data is simple! Just visit our online survey and answer the questions—it should take you less than two minutes. You also can always visit your profile on our website (Membership, My Profile) and update the data there—tomorrow, next month or next year!

Why do we want this data? Simple: It helps us know how to connect with you! Your contact information helps us find you; your demographic data helps us know what information to send you; and your communications preferences tell us what emails you really do not want to receive. The more information you provide, the less we'll send you messages you do not want or need!

More than 1,600 people have filled out our form or otherwise provided us with their updated information—a 23 percent success rate. Add your survey to our list. Go online today, tell us more about yourself and get one step closer to inbox heaven!

Questions about this project? Comments? Feedback of any kind? Contact us!

ASPA SmartBrief Keeps You Informed

It has now been eight months since ASPA launched a partnership with SmartBrief to provide you with your daily dose of public administration news. Are you reading it?

While some of the headlines in ASPA SmartBrief are news items you will see in other places, others are specifically oriented to the state and local news you have told us you need and want to read, so make sure to check out each day's headlines to see what you may have missed!

All members are automatically added to the distribution list. If you are not getting ASPA SmartBrief and want to be added to the list, please contact us. (Please also check your spam filter to ensure these messages are making it into your inbox!)

Want to add an event? Email us with the details!

SECoPA Just Six Weeks Away

While the discounted registration rate for the 2017 Southeastern Conference for Public Administration (SECoPA) has expired, you still have plenty of time to register. Taking place in Hollywood Beach, Fla., Oct. 4-7, the theme for this year's conference will be Defending Public Administration in a Time of Uncertainty. Check out the website today.

Institute for Peace and Dialogue Announces Fall Application Deadlines

The Institute for Peace and Dialogue Training Program invites interested parties for its 7-Day International Training Program and 3-Month CAS-Research Program on Mediation, Conflict Management, Leadership, Trauma Healing and Cross Cultural Communication. The main goal of the training program is to strengthen the skills of the representatives of state organizations, business sector, INGOs/NGOs, education institutions, religious organizations, independent mediators and politicians through institutional global academic education in mediation, conflict management, leadership, trauma healing and cross-cultural communication. The fall application deadline is Sept. 12. Click here for more information.

2017 Transylvanian International Conference Call for Papers Closes Sept. 25

The Department of Public Administration and Management, Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Studies at Babes-Bolyai University, Romania, remind you to take part in its 2017 annual international conference: the Transylvanian International Conference in Public Administration. The conference will take place Nov. 2-4, 2017 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. A workshop for practitioners and a Ph.D. seminar are scheduled to take place before the main conference on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. Abstracts of papers for consideration are due Sept. 25, 2017. Registration is open and available at this time. Click here for more information.

10th Annual Public Performance Conference Next Month

The 10th Annual Public Performance Conference, hosted by the National Center for Public Performance, the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University—Newark and the Suffolk University Sawyer Business School's Institute for Public Service, will take place Sept. 28-29, 2017 at Suffolk University in Boston. The topic of this conference will be how organizations design, implement and sustain performance innovations that can withstand times of transition and change. Keynote speakers will include Governor Martin O'Malley, Donald Moynihan of the University of Wisconsin—Madison's La Follette School of Public Affairs and Shelley Metzenbaum of the Volcker Alliance. Click here for more information.

Lien International Conference This October

The biennial Lien International Conference for Good Governance is taking place in Singapore, Oct. 27-28, 2017. Hosted by the Nanyang Centre for Public Administration of the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, the conference is organized with ASPA and IIAS. The 2017 theme will be Forging Toward an Inclusive and Sustainable Globalization. Click here for more information.

NECoPA Taking Place This November

The 2017 Northeast Conference on Public Administration (NECoPA), is taking place Nov. 3-5 in Burlington, Vt. Focusing on its theme, Public Administration, Policy and Community Development: Managing a Changing Landscape, the conference will look at local communities' ability to thrive amidst political, social, economic and environmental change. Click here for more information.

PSPA International Conference This November

The Philippine Society for Public Administration announces its 2017 international conference will take place Nov. 16-18 in Mandaluyong, Philippines. Discussions will center around this year's theme, Innovations in Public Administration Reforms in ASEAN and in Asian Communities. The Call for Papers has closed; all participants will be notified in mid-September. Registration is open now. Click here for more information.

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PAR Update

The latest articles from Public Administration Review are available in the Wiley Online Library.


The Clumsy War against the "Administrative State"
Donald F. Kettl


Subjecting Donald Trump's War against the Administrative State to Management Science
Stephen Heidari-Robinson

Regulatory Reform in the Trump Era
Keith B. Belton, Kerry Krutilla and John D. Graham
Not yet available. Check Early View for updates.

Kimberley R. Isett, Brian Head and Gary VanLandingham, Editors


Doing More with More: How "Early" Evidence Can Inform Public Policies
Colleen Barbero, Siobhan Gilchrist, Sharada Shantharam, Erika B. Fulmer and Michael W. Schooley
Not yet available. Check Early View for updates.

Bringing Rigor to the Use of Evidence in Policymaking: Translating Early Evidence
Daniel Max Crowley and J. Taylor Scott
Not yet available. Check Early View for updates.

Hal G. Rainey, Editor

Crowdsourcing Government: Lessons from Multiple Disciplines
Helen K. Liu

Rosemary O'Leary, Editor

Transaction Costs and the Perceived Effectiveness of Complex Institutional Systems
Mark Lubell, Jack M. Mewhirter, Ramiro Berardo and John T. Scholz


Corruption and State and Local Government Debt Expansion
Cheol Liu, Tima T. Moldogaziev and John L. Mikesell

Some Practical Considerations Concerning Public Debt Issuance
Michael J. Bell

Managing the Entanglement: Complexity Leadership in Public Sector Systems
Joanne Murphy, Mary Lee Rhodes, Jack W. Meek and David Denyer

Messy Business: Leading in Regeneration
Aidan Culhane

Institutional Analysis of Neighborhood Collective Action
Mike Craw

Neighborhood Associations and Homeowners Associations: Do They Really Make a Difference in Your Community?
Victor T. Turner

From Birth to Death: The Life of The Standards Board for England
Alan Lawton and Michael Macaulay

Embedded Government Control and Nonprofit Revenue Growth
Na Ni and Xueyong Zhan

Questioning Kaufman: How Cross-Level Political Coalitions Interact with Organizational Structure
Forrest Fleischman

Let's Look Again
Herbert Kaufman

Kaufman's Paradox
David C. Iverson

Business Experts on Public Sector Boards: What Do They Contribute?
Ian Kirkpatrick, Francesco Vallascas and Gianluca Veronesi

Varieties of Participation in Public Services: The Who, When and What of Coproduction
Tina Nabatchi, Alessandro Sancino and Mariafrancesca Sicilia

W. Henry Lambright, Editor

Frances Harriet Williams: Unsung Social Equity Pioneer
Susan T. Gooden

Danny L. Balfour, Editor

Danny L. Balfour
Not yet available. Check Early View for updates.

Networks and Governments
Robert Agranoff
Book reviewed: The Chessboard and the Web: Strategies of Connection in a Networked World by Ann Marie Slaughter (2017)
Not yet available. Check Early View for updates.

A Critical Perspective on Evidence-Based Policymaking
Samantha June Larson
Book reviewed: The Politics of Evidence: From Evidence-Based Policy to the Good Governance of Evidence by Justin Parkhurst (2017)

Unmasking the Blurred Lines Regulating the Foreign Intelligence and Domestic Surveillance Activities of the United States
Kristine Botsford Mullendore
Book reviewed: American Surveillance: Intelligence, Privacy, and the Fourth Amendment by Anthony Gregory (2016)

Exporting South Korea's e-Government Experience
Inchan Choi and Mark C. Hoffman
Book reviewed: Bringing Government into the 21st Century: The Korean Digital Governance Experience edited by Tina George Karippacheril, Soonhee Kim, Robert P. Beschel, Jr. and Changyong Choi (2016)
Not yet available. Check Early View for updates.

Making Development Work for All
Sabith Khan
Book reviewed: Institutionalizing Constitutional Rights: Diversity, Equal Opportunity, and Socio-Religious Communities in India by Abusaleh Shariff (2016)

Reinventing the Wheel? Public Sector Innovation in the Age of Governance
Mehmet Akif Demircioglu
Books reviewed: Enhancing Public Innovation by Transforming Public Governance edited by Jacob Torfing and Peter Triantafillou (2016) and Innovation in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors edited by Patria De Lancer Julnes and Ed Gibson (2016)

Public Integrity Update

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Transition at Public Integrity: New Book and Film Review Editor

Public Integrity welcomes Brandi Blessett (Rutgers University) as its new Book and Film Review Editor, who is taking over the editorship from Heather Getha-Taylor (University of Kansas).

Getha-Taylor has a stellar record of leadership and professionalism in her role as editor, growing and developing the range of topics, scholarly focus and number of book reviews published in Public Integrity. Under her tenure the journal expanded this section to include film reviews, researched and developed the author guidelines for this initiative and wrote the first Call for Film Reviews. Her expertise and excellent judgement will be dearly missed and we are all grateful for her service. She recommended and strongly endorsed Blessett for this role and we immediately celebrated her choice.

Blessett brings to Public Integrity an esteemed record of scholarship and leadership and we are delighted to welcome her to the editorial team. She has begun her position well very prepared by Getha-Taylor and the transition has been seamless. We are excited about her ideas for the continuing growth of this key section and know she will play an invaluable role in achieving our collective goals for the journal, its support of the SEIGov section, ASPA membership and the broader academic community.

To submit a book or film review, please see author guidelines at: http://www.tandfonline.com/MPIN

For questions contact Brandi Blessett at: [email protected]. Heather Getha-Taylor can be reached at: [email protected].

New on PA TIMES Online

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This quarter, we welcome submissions that focus on the military from a public administration perspective. Send your contributions to us now! The deadline is rolling; contact us for more information.

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