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September 23, 2020

   
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In Memoriam: Reggie Robinson

Reggie Robinson, president of the Kansas Health Foundation, longtime University of Kansas (KU) faculty member and administrator and former president and CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents, passed away on September 19. He was 63.

Robinson was an active ASPA member, attending conferences and participating in Greater Kansas City and Kansas Chapter activities. He was the 2015 Elliot Richardson Lecturer at the ASPA Annual Conference in Chicago, was active on a number of ASPA awards committees and served on the ASPA nominating committee, helping choose future ASPA leaders to be presented during ASPA's annual elections. He also was a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Known for his decades of public service, Robinson served as a White House fellow and special assistant to Clinton administration Attorney General Janet Reno before returning to KU, his alma mater from which he received undergraduate and law degrees. Robinson was chief of staff to former KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway and visiting professor in KU's School of Law for several years in the late 1990s and early 2000s, before being appointed president and CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents, a position he held from 2002 to 2010.

After his stint leading the governing body of Kansas' public colleges and universities, Robinson worked as director of the Center for Law and Government at Washburn University for several years before returning to KU. He led KU's School of Public Affairs and Administration from 2014-2018, when he became KU's vice chancellor for public affairs. He held that role until November 2019, when he left KU to take his "dream job" leading the Kansas Health Foundation.

In a campus message Sunday evening, KU Chancellor Douglas Girod said Robinson's passing meant the loss of one of the university's "most respected leaders, a humble giant and a beautiful soul."

Blake Flanders, the current president and CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents, said he and the entire board were deeply saddened by Robinson's passing, and that Robinson was "an incredibly gifted leader and a dedicated and caring public servant."

Robinson is survived by his wife, Jane, and daughters, Clare and Paige.

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PA TIMES Magazine Fall Edition Advertising—Last Chance!

ASPA's PA TIMES magazine fall edition will be released next month. Did you know you can advertise in our magazine? Deans, department chairs and marketing execs, pay attention! This is one of the best advertising venues ASPA offers!

Printed three times each year, PA TIMES magazine offers quarter-, half- and full-page ads and each edition provides a prime opportunity to showcase your degree program, new online classes, recent research produced or any other facet of your department that deserves accolades. More, this fall's edition will be looking at the effects of COVID-19 throughout public administration from a variety of lenses. If your university, nonprofit or service-oriented company has contributed to fighting the pandemic during the past six months, this is a great vehicle to showcase your hard and invaluable work.

Charging reasonable rates, and providing you with a distribution of more than 15,000 exposures, this is an excellent return on investment to inform the entire profession about your program's accomplishments. Find more information in our media kit (page 5) and contact us to book your space in the fall edition right away.

All space reservations are due immediately; all ads are due by September 30. Contact us today!

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E-Learning at Your Fingertips

ASPA staff work tirelessly to keep your skills up to date and the information flowing all year long through our e-learning program. Visit our website to see more details about upcoming KeepingCurrent, BookTalk and Students and New Professionals series programming. Members, visit our webinar archives to catch up on what you have missed!


BookTalk: How American Elections Work: Preparing the Public to Understand Election Administration in the 2020 Presidential Election
October 6 | 1 p.m. EDT
Presenters:
Mitchell Brown, Professor of Political Science, Auburn University
Kathleen Hale, Professor of Political Science, Auburn University

Over the past year, it has become increasingly clear that the way we conduct elections is not well understood, even by many with expertise in politics generally. In How We Vote, Kathleen Hale and Mitchell Brown explore what is at the heart of our democracy: how elections are run. Election administration determines how ballots are cast and counted, and how jurisdictions try to innovate while also protecting the security of the voting process, as well as how election officials work. Using original data gathered from state and local election officials and policymakers across the United States, Hale and Brown analyze innovations in voter registration, voting options, voter convenience, support for voting in languages other than English, the integrity of the voting process and voting system technology. The result is a fascinating picture of how we vote now and will vote in the future.




KeepingCurrent: Homelessness in Houston: Before and After COVID-19
October 8 | 1 p.m. EDT

Homelessness is a rampant problem in many of our nation's cities and has only gotten worse during the COVID-19 pandemic. Open to all ASPA members, our Houston Chapter will provide a closer look at this critical situation.




Students and New Professionals: Writing a CV
October 20 | 3 p.m. EDT
Presenters:
Andrea Headley, Assistant Professor, Georgetown University
Sara Rinfret, Professor and Chair, Department of Public Administration and Policy, University of Montana
Abdul Samad, Moderator, Doctoral Candidate, Florida International University

Your curriculum vitae (CV) speaks for you but how can you construct an effective one? This is one of the most decisive documents in your hiring process; you cannot pay too much attention to making it perfect. This webinar will highlight expert CV guidelines, provide a breakdown of the components of your CV, dos, don'ts and more. Our panelists also will help you know how to best use your CV to progress in your careers. Effective tips for making a CV will be reviewed, as well as common pitfalls and errors that can detract from an effective CV. We will leave plenty of time for Q&A, so bring your most pressing concerns!




From the Webinar Archives
In case you missed it earlier this year, our webinar, "Leveraging Behavioral Science to Improve Program Performance" provided an excellent look at combining psychology with data management to get a full picture of how practitioners use data to make decisions. While governments around the world are intent on measuring and reporting program performance, insights from behavioral science tell us that people make decisions based on their own biases, limitations and interpretations of the metrics they're provided. As a result, implementation can go awry and lead to unintended consequences. Led by John Kamensky (The IBM Center for The Business of Government), Don Moynihan (Georgetown University) and Gregg Van Ryzin (Rutgers University), this webinar looked at how people interpret and make sense of government performance metrics.



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A Focus on Membership: A New Way to Connect

Chapter and Section leaders: Looking to connect with each other? Great news: ASPA National can help!

Starting in October, ASPA will be hosting regular conference calls to bring together Chapter and Section leaders to learn from each other, ask questions of ASPA staff and hear any National office updates.

Want to hear from your fellow leaders about tips for connecting with your group during COVID? How about learning best practices for avoiding phishing attempts? Or maybe you need some tips for transitioning leaders? That is exactly what this call is for! Join us to ask your questions, get helpful feedback from your fellow leaders and listen in on the conversation!

Our first call will take place next Thursday, October 1 at 11 a.m. EDT; sign up online via the link below. We look forward to hearing from you next week!



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ASPA 2021 Annual Conference: Yes, It Is Happening!

For those who are familiar with ASPA's annual schedule and are starting to worry about the 2021 conference: Have no fear, there will be one! Dates are confirmed for April 9-13 and ASPA staff and conference leaders are hard at work planning for this event, with more details to be released in the coming weeks.

Keep your eyes on your inbox and Twitter, and know that ASPA's 2021 Annual Conference will have a place for you!

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Census 2020: An Update

For those who read The Bridge regularly, you will remember our article in our September 9 edition about updates to the 2020 Census, which at that point was in limbo due to conflicting administrative timelines, lack of congressional action and a number of lawsuits pending. All of that activity means that enumerators are still on the ground and the count goes on.

Since September 9, another court order has further defined the enumerators' work, keeping them knocking on doors through at least September 24 and a coalition led by the National Urban League continues to fight for even more time for the Census to achieve its goals. Administration attorneys had been unable to file court-ordered documents in time, further delaying hearings to decide the matter. Recently reported news also indicates that the administration's original decision to shorten the Census schedule did not come through the Census Bureau, sparking more questions about decisionmaking around this important Constitutional provision.

In the meantime, out of the courtroom, technology is both helping and hindering the rush to complete the counts. A group called the Racial Equity Anchor Collaborative is using GIS mapping to help enumerators count as many people as possible, as quickly as they can. According to the Collaborative, GIS will "not only show where these hard-to-count communities are but also use data and mapping to improve Census response rates." However, recent reports indicate that far more basic technology is holding up the process, as phone apps—built for enumerators to use in their door-knocking and other interpersonal interactions—fail in a variety of ways.

With 11 million households left to count (five percent of the country, though numbers are below 90 percent in some states) and no guarantee about how much longer enumerators have to complete the work, it will be a dash to the finish to complete the Census as accurately as possible. We will continue to provide updates in this space when and as relevant!

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Alabama Chapter Meeting Kicks Off Fall 2020 Programming

The ongoing COVID-19 crisis has presented a unique opportunity to reflect upon the state of public administration in America. While the state of public administration research is promising and many opportunities abound at the local and federal levels, there are challenges that must be addressed. As reported by the Alabama Chapter, members Courtney Haun and Zachary Mahafza took time to present their thoughts on these matters at the Chapter's first meeting this fall (held online).

Their discussion addressed four specific crises that have been highlighted by COVID-19 and identified means to address them: a breakdown in the politics/administration dichotomy, a shift in public trust in administration and experts, the lingering problems that emerge from governmental failures to respond to crises and the looming staffing crisis facing state and federal agencies. Each of these were ongoing issues individually but have been exacerbated by the pandemic.

The meeting allowed for open dialog and Haun and Mahafza created space for attendees to share insights and current solutions. The meeting provided an opportunity to discuss differing the perspectives including those of students, researchers, administrators, health care workers and more. The presentation from the meeting is also available for download.

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Public Integrity Symposium Call for Papers—The New 4 Es

Public Integrity has announced a collaboration with ASPA's Section on Democracy and Social Justice to offer a symposium: "The New 4 Es: Fostering Engagement, Empathy, Equity and Ethics in an Era of Uncertainty." Guest editors are Richard Greggory Johnson, III (University of San Francisco), Sean McCandless (University of Illinois—Springfield) and Seth Meyer (Bridgewater State University). All proposals are due by December 1, 2020. Click here for more information.

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PAR 80:4 Is Online

The most recent edition of Public Administration Review was released in July. Check out the below articles and make the most of this research!

Editorial
Crisis of the Union: Public Management and Leadership in an Era of Discontent
Jeremy L. Hall and R. Paul Battaglio


Research Articles
How Do Citizens Assess Street‐Level Bureaucrats’ Warmth and Competence? A Typology and Test
Noortje de Boer

Can Public Leadership Increase Public Service Motivation and Job Performance?
Gary Schwarz, Nathan Eva and Alexander Newman

Follow the Leader? Leader Succession and Staff Attitudes in Public Sector Organizations
Benny Geys, Sara Connolly, Hussein Kassim and Zuzana Murdoch

Designing to Debias: Measuring and Reducing Public Managers’ Anchoring Bias
Rosanna Nagtegaal, Lars Tummers, Mirko Noordegraaf and Victor Bekkers

Cyber Security Responsibilization: An Evaluation of the Intervention Approaches Adopted by the Five Eyes Countries and China
Karen Renaud, Craig Orgeron, Merrill Warkentin and P. Edward French


COVID‐19 Viewpoint Symposium
Global Reflection, Conceptual Exploration and Evidentiary Assimilation: COVID‐19 (An Introduction)
Jeremy L. Hall, Staci M. Zavattaro, R. Paul Battaglio and Michael W. Hail

States Divided: The Implications of American Federalism for COVID‐19
Donald F. Kettl

The Third and Fatal Shock: How Pandemic Killed the Millennial Paradigm
Alasdair Roberts

Staging Science: Authoritativeness and Fragility of Models and Measurement in the COVID‐19 Crisis
Wouter Van Dooren and Mirko Noordegraaf

Crisis Decision‐Making on a Global Scale: Transition from Cognition to Collective Action under Threat of COVID‐19
Louise K. Comfort, Naim Kapucu, Kilkon Ko, Scira Menoni and Michael Siciliano

State Executive Orders: Nuance in Restrictions, Revealing Suspensions and Decisions to Enforce
Cali Curley and Peter Stanley Federman

Connecting with New Partners in COVID‐19 Response
David Grizzle, Amy Goodin and Scott E. Robinson

Disaster Resiliency of U.S. Local Governments: Insights to Strengthen Local Response and Recovery from the COVID‐19 Pandemic
Komla D. Dzigbede, Sarah Beth Gehl and Katherine Willoughby

Fiscal Responses to COVID‐19: Evidence from Local Governments and Nonprofits
Craig S. Maher, Trang Hoang and Anne Hindery

Fighting COVID‐19 with Agility, Transparency and Participation: Wicked Policy Problems and New Governance Challenges
M. Jae Moon

Unprecedented Challenges, Familiar Paradoxes: COVID‐19 and Governance in a New Normal State of Risks
Kaifeng Yang

Fighting COVID‐19 through Government Initiatives and Collaborative Governance: The Taiwan Experience
Irving Yi‐Feng Huang

Australian Quarantine Policy: From Centralization to Coordination with Mid‐Pandemic COVID‐19 Shifts
Kim Moloney and Susan Moloney

The Transaction Costs of Government Responses to the COVID‐19 Emergency in Latin America
Edgar E. Ramírez de la Cruz, Eduardo José Grin, Pablo Sanabria‐Pulido, Daniel Cravacuore and Arturo Orellana

A Guide to Benchmarking COVID‐19 Performance Data
Bert George, Bram Verschuere, Ellen Wayenberg and Bishoy Louis Zaki

"We've Cared for the Dead Since We Started Caring": COVID‐19 and Our Relationship to Public and Private Deathcare
Staci M. Zavattaro

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Tips and Resources

Here are a range of resources—from lighthearted to immensely useful—posted online recently that you should check out!

Tips on Spending the Money in College Savings Accounts
Funds in 529 plans grow tax free and can be withdrawn tax free if they are spent on eligible education expenses. But there is some fine print.

Name and Tame Imposter Syndrome
Imposter syndrome is a fear that tricks you into thinking your feelings of inferiority are real and founded on reasonable things: I do not have these skills. I did not reach those goals. I am too young. I am too old. If you learn to name these fears, you can start to do something about them.

Should You Ramp Up Your TSP Contributions or Pay Down Your Mortgage?
The answer can have a huge impact on your financial future.

Inclusion Starts with Better Management. Here Is What Employees Say About Making Diversity Work
To fully tap into the positive outcomes of diversity, organizations need to focus on inclusion.

To Be a Great Innovator, Learn to Embrace and Thrive in Uncertainty
Many great innovators have personality traits in common. Comfort with uncertainty is critical, but passion, curiosity and a number of other learnable skills can prime you for an innovative idea.

Teens Want COVID-19 Advice That Gives Them Safe Ways to Socialize, Not Just Rules for What They Can't Do
As the pandemic continues, public health messaging will have to help young people find ways to socialize safely and speak to them in their language and on their platforms.

Four Takeaways to Take the Power of (Unconscious) Bias Away
Sometimes biases can be trivial, like preferring the color blue over orange. Other times, they can significantly impact people's lives and careers, often negatively for those who are women and non-white.

Tips for Living Online—Lessons from Six Months of the COVID-19 Pandemic
In the six months since the "new normal" began, Americans have gained a fair amount of experience with working, studying and socializing online. Here are some recommendations for how to make the best of the upcoming winter and increased time inside, and make the most of virtual interactions with colleagues, teachers, students, family and friends.

We released other lists of resources in previous editions of Bridge, dating back to April. Check out our archives and look for the "Tips and Resources" articles to find them!

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Coronavirus in the News
While you can find our usual assortment of news headlines from the past several weeks below, here are stories specific to the coronavirus that are noteworthy.

Infrastructure

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(Otherwise) 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 recent weeks. If you have not seen these yet, make sure you read them now!

Infrastructure

Public Finance Public Service Social Equity
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Members in the News

ASPA members have made news in a variety of ways recently. Below are the headlines we've found; if you have been featured, please send a link to the article to us and we will be happy to include it in a future newsletter.

Postal Service Crisis About More Than Just Voting
From Allan Rosenbaum, this commentary looks at the U.S. Postal Service's current challenges and highlights their impact on more than just mail-in ballots.

Opinion: Borrowing Billions to Balance New Jersey's Budget Is Very Bad Policy
Rich Keevey's most recent look at New Jersey budget issues, this time looking at debt.

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




Around Public Administration

Here are the most recent updates from across the profession. Did we miss you? Send us your news and we'll include it in the next round!

Upcoming Events:

  • A Panel Discussion: The History of U.S. Presidential Debates
    Online
    September 24 | 7 p.m. EDT
    What are the greatest moments in debate history? What goes into making a debate happen? How does a candidate or moderator prepare for the bright lights? All these questions and more will be answered during "The History of U.S. Presidential Debates," hosted by the University of Delaware on Sept. 24. Experts Carole Simpson (1992 Presidential Debate Moderator), Karen Hughes (former Counselor to President George W. Bush) and Mike McCurry (former Co-Chair, Commission on Presidential Debates) will give you a behind-the-scenes view into presidential debates. Moderated by Robin Sproul (former Vice President, ABC News), this is a not-to-be-missed event!

  • ABFM Annual Conference
    Online
    September 24-26
    Starting tomorrow, and free to ABFM members, join them for their Annual Conference.

  • Office of Management and Budget, An Insider's Guide
    Online
    September 30 | 10:30 a.m. - Noon EDT
    The National Academy of Public Administration invites you to join them on September 30th for their Zoom event to highlight publication of An Insider's Guide to OMB by the White House Transition Project. This is a new primer, co-authored by former OMB senior executives, for incoming policy officials. It describes one of the most important institutions of the Presidency, which Paul O'Neill once described as "unexplainable to everyone who lives outside of the Beltway and misunderstood by nearly everyone who lives inside the Beltway." Register online now.

  • ICMA Virtual Career Fair
    Online
    September 30 | 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. EDT
    Registration is open through September 29.

  • NASPAA 2020 Virtual Conference
    Online
    October 14-16
    NASPAA's Annual Conference will be co-located with the Teaching Public Administration Conference, sponsored by ASPA's Section on Public Administration Education.
    Registration is open.

  • 3rd Vietnam Symposium in Leadership and Public Policy
    Ha Noi, Vietnam
    October 26-27

  • NAPA's 2020 Fall Conference
    Online
    November 5-10
    This year's virtual Fall Meeting, "Grand Challenges in Public Administration," will focus on the role of public administrators in building resilient communities. 2020 has been a uniquely challenging year—we have a presidential election, a pandemic and social and racial unrest. How do we continue to build resiliency in our communities, in our networks and in our nation? This virtual meeting will address those questions through a series of live sessions including plenary sessions, Standing Panel breakout sessions and award sessions. The meeting will also include a curated section of on-demand sessions.

  • 2020 Northeast Conference on Public Administration
    Online
    November 6-7
    Registration is open now.
    Apply for a Best Paper award (either faculty or students) now. Application requirements are online; email your submission by October 8, 2020.

  • 2020 APPAM Fall Conference
    Online
    November 11-13
    This conference will be entirely virtual; registration is open.

  • 2021 COMPA Conference
    Dallas, Texas
    February 25-28, 2021
    The Call for Papers is online; proposals are due by January 15, 2021. Registration is open; early-bird registration expires January 15, 2021. Click here for more information.

  • 2021 International Conference on Public Administration
    Chengdu, P.R. China
    May 14-16, 2021
    Although public sector organizations may draw strength from their bureaucratic structures, experience increasingly shows the limitations of a hierarchical and top-down approach to the performance of governmental functions. Problems may spill across organizational boundaries so that a hierarchical approach within a single organization may be inadequate to address them. A top-down approach also may deprive decision makers of needed external input about how to fit solutions to the problems they seek to address. And, increasingly in today's world of public access to social media, top-down approaches may lack the legitimacy needed to ensure popular acceptance of governmental decisions.

    Collaborative governance can help overcome these and other limitations of a hierarchical structure by adding the benefits of a network management approach to help improve the quality of decision making. The literature defining the precise meaning of the term "collaborative governance" is unsettled. On one end of the conceptual spectrum, collaboration merely means the pursuit of joint goals by two or more government organizations. Governance would be the structure and function of making joint decisions to achieve objectives that further the aims of each organization. A more expansive definition is that collaborative governance is a process where government decision makers bring relevant stakeholders—public, private and NGO—into the decisionmaking process. In all cases, collaborative governance takes place under applicable laws and other rules and is shaped by them.

    2021 ICPA invites papers from academics and practitioners that highlight successful collaborative governance approaches to improving public sector decisionmaking and performance, and lessons learned. We especially welcome those that use case studies and comparative analyses to illustrate promising practices and significant lessons. Perhaps most important, papers are invited that derive lessons, not merely describe theory or isolated experiences. For the purpose of this Call for Papers, we will accept quality submissions that fall within the range of suitable definitions of "collaborative governance." Given the potential ambiguity of the term, it will be helpful to specify the definition of the term that a submitted paper adopts.

    Paper abstracts are due December 15, 2020.

  • 2021 PA Theory Annual Conference
    Portland, Oregon
    June 3-6
    Theme: "Administrative (Dys)function and Dedication: Contradictions in Public Service Values"
    The Call for Proposals is open through November 16, 2020

Calls for proposals, nominations and announcements:
  • PA Quarterly Special Edition: How COVID-19 Has Affected Social Inequalities
    COVID-19 has brought many severe changes to what we had become used to: economic well-being, relatively good health and job security. For many, the pre-pandemic future offered fulfillment as we engaged with others, enjoyed outings with friends and family and practiced freedom to choose where we would go and what we would do. Prior to now, we may have acknowledged the existence of racial injustice; biases because of age, gender, disability and sexual orientation; and income equalities, but COVID-19 has brought these social and institutional issues to center stage. ASPA's Section on Professional and Organizational Development (SPOD) is requesting papers for a special edition of Public Administration Quarterly that illuminates inequities in institutions since the onset of COVID-19. The deadline has been extended: all manuscripts must be submitted by October 30 to Carol Rusaw. Contact Carol for more information.

  • Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration (APJPA) Call for Papers: Government Capacity, Quality and Governance Outcomes in the Asia Pacific Region
    In recent years, public administration and political science scholars have "rediscovered" the importance of public bureaucracies for understanding different levels of government performance and broader socioeconomic outcomes. There have been increasing number of studies that address the significance of the output side of the political system (i.e. public administration and policy implementation) rather than the input side (i.e. quality of electoral democracy) for favorable outcomes. While there have been increasing number of studies on government capacity and bureaucratic quality focusing on areas beyond North America and Western Europe, relatively little scholarly attention has been paid to the Asia Pacific area. Reflecting APJPA’s vision and commitment to promote the study of public governance and administration and management in and beyond Asia and the Pacific, we invite research that makes theoretical or empirical contributions to the study of government capacity, quality and broader governance outcomes. All proposals are due by November 1, 2020.
    View the full Call for Papers online here.

  • Natural Hazards Review—Special Edition for COVID-19
    The proposed special collection seeks research that assesses the degree to which technical infrastructure to support interactive communication across multiple scales of decisionmaking increases or decreases social capacity for collective action to reduce the threat of COVID-19 on a global scale. All papers are due by November 1, 2020.
    Find the call for papers online here.

  • International Journal of Public Administration Special Issue Symposium on Leading and Managing Responses to Pandemics
    The International Journal of Public Administration (IJPA) invites article proposals for a Special Issue Symposium on Leading and Managing Responses to Pandemics. Proposals for scholarly papers on a wide range of sub-topics using quantitative and/or qualitative analysis approaches will be considered, including strong theoretical works, single-site case studies and comparative case studies. Scholarly manuscripts must be grounded in theory/literature and empirical evidence, and use sound analytical methods. Findings should be generalizable. Single-site case studies will be subject to different, more practical, review criteria. The Special Issue will be published online in spring 2021; the print volume will be published in summer 2021. All proposals are due November 15, 2020.
    Find the Call for Papers online here.

  • International Journal of Public Sector Management Call for Papers: Bringing the State Back In: The Prospects and Challenges of the Administrative State in the 21st Century
    Since the financial crisis of the late 2000s, the political crisis that has engulfed the European Union as a result of Brexit, and the self-regulatory failures in different countries, including the recent Boeing crisis, environment disasters and the devastating effects of COVID-19, citizens have had to depend on the administrative state to address what may be described as "very wicked problems." The continuous reliance on the state and the call to develop new strategies to reinvent the administrative state has therefore led to a variety of questions. This special issue of the International Journal of Public Sector Management (IJPSM) invites papers from scholars to answer them, with the view of obtaining a greater understanding of whether the administrative state will now return to its previous position and an examination of its prospects and challenges. All proposals are due November 30, 2020.
    Click here for more information.

  • SPAR Best Book Award Call for Nominations
    The Section on Public Administration Research (SPAR) has issued its Call for Nominations for its annual Best Book Award. The Section welcomes nominations for books on public administration published in 2019 and 2020. The criterion for the award is a book that significantly contributes to research in public administration. All research methods are welcomed, as are books across the wide range of public administration research. Edited volumes are welcomed. Books primarily written as textbooks will not be considered. We welcome international publications written in English. Recognition will be awarded at the ASPA 2021 Annual Conference next spring; the deadline for nominations is December 15, 2020.
    Find the Call for Nominations online here.

  • Journal of Emergency Management Special Issue: Analysis of Pre- and Post-Disaster Response and Recovery Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic
    The Journal of Emergency Management (JEM) Editorial Review Board invites the submission of original research papers, brief communications, case studies, etc. supporting a special issue: “Analysis of Pre and Post Disaster Response and Recovery due to the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic.” As we transcend this global pandemic, the goal is to bring together a complete and comprehensive accounting of the event and its post mortem. This may include a pre-disaster assessment of the state of preparation as well as any post-disaster response, preparedness, mitigation and recovery. We expect this to be a comprehensive look at what went wrong and just as important, what went right. Manuscripts will be accepted for review immediately and will continue (tentatively) through the first quarter of 2021.
    Find the Call for Proposals online here.

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PA TIMES Online

Here's a selection of current pieces on PA TIMES Online, covering a range of issues within the profession. We accept individual articles on a rolling basis; if you have a piece you think would fit our publication, submit it to patimes@aspanet.org for consideration. (Please review our submission guidelines in advance!)

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