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August 28, 2019

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ASPA 2020 Conference Website Shares the Sunshine!

Just in time for the end of summer, ASPA is launching its 2020 Annual Conference website!

Taking place April 3-7 in Anaheim, California, the 2020 conference is more than seven months away, which means there is plenty of time to get excited about being in sunny, southern California next April!

This year's conference theme, 2020 Vision for Politics, Policy and Administration, means opportunity abounds to share your expertise as we work toward a future vision of our field around six major tracks: global public administration, governance, infrastructure, leadership and management, public finance and social equity. Emphasizing and modeling efficiency, effectiveness, economy, equity, ethics and empowerment, sessions and presentations at the 2020 event will help us get closer to realizing our vision of a more perfect future.

More than 160 sessions will make this one of our largest conferences in recent history, but don't let the size overwhelm you! Small session audiences and individualized networking opportunities will help this premier gathering of the year feel like a personalized experience built just for you!

Start cruising around the website and get a feel for everything the 2020 conference will feature. More details will be added in the coming months. For now, get ready to have some fun!

Follow #ASPA2020 on Twitter to learn the latest conference updates as they happen.

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#ASPA2020: Calling All Proposals!

Launched just two weeks ago, the 2020 Annual Conference Call for Proposals will expire on October 4. Have you started brainstorming about the paper, workshop or panel you are going to propose?

This year's conference has room for a little bit of everything: practitioner workshops looking at critical public administration topics, the latest research around today's most important issues, updates related to ongoing public policy challenges and more! You need to keep two things in mind as you plan your proposal:

  • Which track does my idea fit into?
  • Which "e" will I focus on?

There are six tracks for this year's conference, offering you plenty of flexibility for your interest area:

  • Global public administration
  • Governance
  • Infrastructure
  • Leadership and management
  • Public finance and
  • Social equity

Equally important, our conference planners want to make sure all papers and panels look at these tracks through at least one of six e's:

  • Efficiency
  • Effectiveness
  • Economy
  • Equity
  • Ethics and
  • Empowerment

Make sure you focus on both of these elements as you contemplate your submission.

Find more information on our website and make sure you submit your proposal by October 4!

Contact us with any questions.

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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 public finance throughout August and will be focusing on governance in September. Before the month is over, take a few minutes to check out ASPA President Paul Danczyk's August video about discipline-wide events and relationships. Click on the graphic below to view the video.

Click above to load the video in your web browser.

Look for more information about September's webinars coming soon. In the meantime, this is your last chance to celebrate Public Finance Month with some special webinars looking at books you should add to your collection!

City On the Line: In City On The Line, former Baltimore budget director Andrew Kleine asks why the way government does its most important job—deciding how to spend taxpayer dollars—has not changed in 100, maybe 1,000, years. Part memoir, part manifesto and part manual, this book tells the story of Baltimore's radical departure from traditional budgeting to direct dollars to outcomes like better schools, safer streets and stronger neighborhoods. Find this in our online archives here.
Related: If innovative approaches to municipal budgeting is one of your passions, check out the video of our 2019 Annual Conference panel about the New Financial Sustainability Framework from GFOA.

Fiscal Administration: For those studying public budgeting, Fiscal Administration is the go-to resource you need on your bookshelf! Use this book by John Mikesell to run the numbers and learn about the complexities of public budgeting before you have to deal with them in real life. Find this in our online archives here.

Peak Performance: A show-stopper when it was released in 2016, Peak Performance provides an in-depth look at Denver's Peak Academy, an agency within the city's management structure that looks at the intersection between efficiency and productivity and how efforts to be both can benefit your city in new and fantastic ways. Written by Brian Elms and J.B. Wogan, this is a must-read for those looking to be innovative within public budgeting and management. Find this in our online archives here.

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Focus on Membership: Update Your ASPA Profile

If you haven't done so recently, take time in the next few days to update your ASPA profile with contact details and demographic data. ASPA uses this data to not only cater to your service and benefit preferences but also brag about our membership across the discipline. (Data is aggregated and anonymous; individual data is not used in public domains.)

Providing the data is simple. Visit your profile page on our website—you will need to log in to do so—and review the information already listed. Update the fields that need it and make sure to check your "preferences" data to ensure you are on the correct email distribution lists.

Why should you make sure the data we have is correct? So you can stay connected to ASPA in the ways that are best for you! Your contact information helps you get your member benefits; your demographic data provides details about who you are and the services you may need; and your communications preferences opt you in and out of ASPA emails. The more information you provide, the better you control your membership.

The fall is a great time of year to make these updates—and then be set for the next year of ASPA services!

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Upcoming PA TIMES Magazine Fall Edition: Social Equity

ASPA is finalizing its fall edition of PA TIMES magazine, which will serve as our education edition as well as focus on social equity topics and research. There are a number of opportunities for you to get involved!

  • Member news is welcomed and appreciated! Promotions, leadership announcements, retirements, tenure details and more all can be sent to patimes@aspanet.org for inclusion. Announcements must be received by September 20, 2019.
  • Advertising slots are available now! If you would like to advertise in this edition, contact us for rates and deadlines. Advertisements must be reserved by September 20, 2019.

Questions? Need more information? Contact us!

Did you miss the summer edition? Find it online in our magazine archives!

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Flash Sale: Public Administration with An Attitude

FLASH SALE! $9.95 per copy!

Public Administration with An Attitude, by H. George Frederickson, is a brilliant collection of articles from Frederickson's contributions to PA TIMES magazine. With topics ranging from Alexander Hamilton to the importance of air traffic safety, from the future of the European Union to the value of ethics within the discipline, it is unsurprising that Frederickson's essays are as relevant, timeless and sharp as the day he first wrote them.

Now through September 15, Public Administration with An Attitude is on sale in ASPA's bookstore at a discounted rate of $9.95. This witty and jargon-free text provides a career's worth of wisdom and insight. Take a moment to buy a copy for you, your colleagues or your students. The back cover of Attitude seems to know what it's talking about when readers are told, "This book is a lot more interesting than a spreadsheet (and more accurate)!"

Buy your copy today!

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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/Leadership

Social Equity

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Members in the News

ASPA member Rich Keevey has published a series of articles on Medicare, Medicaid and how to pay for these future costs. Written in celebration of the 54th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid, they originally appeared in New Jersey media outlet NJSpotlight.com. Click on each below to access the articles.

Happy Birthday, Medicare And Medicaid! Keys to Good Health in NJ
Medicaid, An Indispensable Program for the Poor of Our State
Medicare, A Bulwark of Elderly Care Now and Tomorrow
Can We Afford All This Health Care Spending?

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2019 Transatlantic Dialogue—Call for Papers Deadline Extended

The 2019 Transatlantic Dialogue, sponsored by ASPA and EGPA and co-hosted by Rutgers University—Newark School of Public Affairs and Administration and Baruch College, City University of New York, will be taking place October 20-22 at Baruch. The theme will be, "Restoring the Administrative State: Trust, Engagement, Security and Identity."

While focused on United States/European Union relations and the comparative issues within that set of relationships, this year's Dialogue will be doing a deeper dive on cooperative perspectives that can shed light on mutual challenges in an era of declining institutional trust.

The event will feature five workshops: government performance, citizen engagement, public communication, digital and physical security, and demographic change.

The proposal deadline has been extended. All proposals are now due by September 5. Click here for more information.

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

Public Money and Management Call for Papers Expires Friday

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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JPMSP Special Symposium Call for Papers Expires Friday

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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2019 SECoPA Takes Place Next Week

The 2019 Southeast Conference for Public Administration (SECoPA) will take place next week, September 5-7 in Baton Rouge. This year's theme is, "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 in Belfast—Two Weeks Away

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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2019 MPAC/TPAC Only Two Weeks Away

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. Click here for more information about MPAC; and here for more information about TPAC.

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2019 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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Call for Papers: Public Administration Issues

Public Administration Issues has issued a call for papers for the upcoming English-language special issue: "Comparative Performance Management in Government: International Cases," guest editor: Tobin Im, Seoul National University. The promise of performance management in government has proved to be so compelling that today we are well into an "era of government by performance management." Performance management seeks to improve the performance of public programs and agencies by developing and adopting clear and specific organizational goals, decomposing these goals into quantitatively reliable indicators, collecting performance information over time, and, ultimately, allocating organizational resources in order to meet performance targets. Like most managerial and administrative movements, however, the performance management revolution was initiated primarily in the West, and, more specifically, by the governments of English-speaking countries. As such, although the principles and assumptions underlying performance management reform seem contextually neutral, in practice there may be a number of operational, performance, and even cultural factors that affect how the practice is used and develops outside of its native context. This special issue seeks to assemble articles examining the implementation of performance management and measurement regimes in diverse contexts. All abstracts are due by September 30, 2019; all accepted manuscripts will be due by January 31, 2020. Click here for the full call for papers and more information.

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ASPA/Pi Alpha Alpha Capstone Panel Call for Proposals

During ASPA's 2020 Annual Conference in Anaheim, five ASPA Sections and NASPAA's National Pi Alpha Alpha honor society are planning to present the 10th Annual ASPA/Pi Alpha Alpha National Capstone panel. Organizers are now accepting panel proposals from students and faculty mentors for consideration. Throughout the past nine years, this initiative has showcased how schools of public administration effectively integrate theory and practice through the capstone pedagogy. The purpose of the panel is to examine and analyze MPA capstone projects bringing innovation to the public and nonprofit sectors; ascertain and analyze how capstone projects and project design improve and augment best practices in the public and nonprofit sectors; and to analyze projects that are preparing the next generation of public and nonprofit leaders. All proposals are due by October 1, 2019. Click here for more information.

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NAPA Fall Meeting This November

NAPA's 2019 Academy Fall Meeting will be hosted at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, November 7-8. At this year's Fall Meeting, the Academy will be unveiling its Grand Challenges in Public Administration. At the 2018 Fall Meeting, the Academy began a year-long, interdisciplinary and intersectoral effort to identify these challenges and position the Academy to lead future efforts to respond to the challenges identified. Join us this November as NAPA identifies its Grand Challenges in Public Administration and strategizes and mobilizes the field to find solutions. Click here for more information.

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2019 NECoPA This November in Brooklyn

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 compaga2020@gmail.com. Click here for more information.

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Public Voices Launches Call for Proposals

Public Voices, ASPA's Section on Historical Artistic and Reflective Expression's journal, has launched a call for proposals for a special symposium: "Homeland Security in the Trump Era: On the Border by the Sea." We invite you to analyze, deconstruct and interrogate all aspects of "borders" from Brownsville, Texas westward to San Diego, California, from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific, and across international barriers—such as they exist—into Mexico. This symposium seeks to build new theoretical groundings in ways that create inclusive communities, increase citizen/public collaboration, improve governance, boost administrative prowess and enhance what we know and understand concerning the concept of border security. Submit your manuscripts online at http://www.publicvoices.us before December 31, 2019. Click here for more information.

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National Civic League Launches 2020 All-America City Award Program

Since 1949, the National Civic League has designated 10 communities each year as All-America Cities for their outstanding civic accomplishments. The National Civic League is now accepting applications for the 2020 All-America City Award, focused on enhancing health and well-being through civic engagement. We are looking for applicants with community-driven projects that reflect the concept that good health for the entire community requires a focus on mental, physical, spiritual, cultural and economic well-being. Begin your community's application today to become a 2020 All-America City! Cities, counties, towns and tribes wishing to apply have until February 19, 2020 to submit their application.

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PAR Update

Research Articles
How Structural Variations in Collaborative Governance Networks Influence Advocacy Involvement and Outcomes
Jennifer E. Mosley and Meghan Jarpe

Measuring and Managing Ex Ante Transaction Costs in Public Sector Contracting
Ole Helby Petersen, Erik Baekkeskov, Matthew Potoski and Trevor L. Brown

What a Difference a Grade Makes: Evidence from New York City's Restaurant Grading Policy
Michah W. Rothbart, Amy Ellen Schwartz, Thad D. Calabrese, Zachary Papper, Todor Mijanovich, Rachel Meltzer and Diana Silver

Does Good Performance Reduce Bad Behavior? Antecedents of Ethnic Employment Discrimination in Public Organizations
Thorbjorn Sejr Guul, Anders R. Villadsen and Jesper N. Wulff

Leveraging Administrative Data to Better Serve Children and Families
Robert L. Fischer, Francisca Garcia-Cobian Richter, Elizabeth Anthony, Nina Lalich and Claudia Coulton

From Research Evidence to "Evidence by Proxy"? Organizational Enactment of Evidence‐Based Health Care in Four High‐Income Countries
Roman Kislov, Paul Wilson, Greta Cummings, Anna Ehrenberg, Wendy Gifford, Janet Kelly, Alison Kitson, Lena Pettersson, Lars Wallin and Gill Harvey

Determinants of Public Administrators' Use of Performance Information: Evidence from Local Governments in Florida
Tamara Dimitrijevska-Markoski and P. Edward French

Setting the Regulatory Agenda: Statutory Deadlines, Delay, and Responsiveness
Anthony M. Bertelli and Kathleen M. Doherty

Organizational Process, Rulemaking Pace, and the Shadow of Judicial Review
Christopher Carrigan and Russell W. Mills

Portable Innovation, Policy Wormholes, and Innovation Diffusion
Hongtao Yi and Wenna Chen

Do Politicians See Eye to Eye? The Relationship between Political Group Characteristics, Perceived Strategic Plan Quality, and Strategic Consensus in Local Governing Majorities
Kenn Meyfroodt, Sebastian Desmidt and Stijn Goeminne

Viewpoint Symposium: How to Revitalize the Middle Class

Guest Editorial: From Working Class to Middle Class
Maria P. Aristigueta and Pablo I. McConnie-Saad

From Policy to Practice: From Ideas to Results, From Results to Trust
Donald F. Kettl

What Gets Measured, Gets Done: Understanding and Addressing Middle‐Class Challenges
Todd L. Ely, Geoffrey Propheter, Rich Jones and Scott Wasserman

Revitalize the Public Service, Revitalize the Middle Class
Heather Getha-Taylor

You Can't Fix What You Don't Measure: How ALICE Can Help Rebuild the Middle Class
Stephanie Hoopes and Dan Treglia

Pay for Success: A Policy Innovation for Social and Economic Stability
Vanessa Fry
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Now on Early View

Research Articles
Entrepreneurship in the Policy Process: Linking Behavior and Context through a Systematic Review of the Policy Entrepreneurship Literature
Neomi Frisch-Aviram, Itai Beeri and Nissim Cohen

A Comparative Study of Gender Representation and Social Outcomes: The Effect of Political and Bureaucratic Representation
Sanghee Park and Jiaqi Liang

The Expat Gap: Are Local‐Born Entrepreneurs in Developing Countries at a Disadvantage When Seeking Grant Funding?
Saurabh A. Lall, Li-Wei Chen and Abigayle Davidson

Perceptual Bias and Public Programs: The Case of the United States and Hospital Care
Kenneth J. Meier, Austin P. Johnson and Seung-Ho An

Corporatization in the Public Sector: Explaining the Growth of Local Government Companies
Rhys Andrews, Laurence Ferry, Chris Skelcher and Piotr Wegorowski

Cyberattacks at the Grass Roots: American Local Governments and the Need for High Levels of Cybersecurity
Donald F. Norris, Laura Mateczun, Anupam Joshi and Tim Finin

The New Ecology of Tornado Warning Information: A Natural Experiment Assessing Threat Intensity and Citizen‐to‐Citizen Information Sharing
Scott E. Robinson, Jason M. Pudlo and Wesley Wehde

Defining E‐leadership as Competence in ICT‐Mediated Communications: An Exploratory Assessment
Alexandru V. Roman, Montgomery Van Wart, XiaoHu Wang, Cheol Liu, Soonhee Kim and Alma McCarthy

Viewpoint Articles:
Topic Modeling the Research‐Practice Gap in Public Administration
Richard M. Walker, Yanto Chandra, Jiasheng Zhang and Arjen van Witteloostuijn

Towards a New Political Economy of Behavioral Public Policy
Adam Oliver

Rethinking Academic Entrepreneurship: University Governance and the Emergence of the Academic Enterprise
Michael M. Crow, Kyle Whitman and Derrick M. Anderson

A Viewpoint on Research for Social Business Entrepreneurship
Sameeksha Desai and John E. Tyler, III

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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 finance. Send your contributions to us at any time; the deadline is rolling. Contact us for more information.

Check out our recent articles and columns:

Financial Condition and Population Decline: The Challenge in Attracting Residents
By Daniel Hummel

Setting a Vision: A Lesson from History
By Michael Abels

Are We Thinking About Infrastructure?
By Robert L. Grant

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