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October 7, 2020

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In This Issue:

Slate of Nominees for Fall Elections Announced

ASPA is pleased to announce the following individuals have been approved by the Nominating Committee to have their names on this year's election ballot:

  • President-Elect
    • Patria de Lancer Julnes
    • Richard Greggory Johnson, III
  • District I Representative
    • Maria J. D'Agostino
    • Malcolm K. Oliver
  • District II Representative
    • Lauren Azevedo
    • Marlon I. Brown
    • Diane M. Disney
    • Lorenda Naylor
  • District III Representative
    • Tracey Keyes
    • Miriam Singer
  • District IV Representative
    • Ana-Maria Dimand
  • District V Representative
    • Shami Dugal
    • Kenneth Frank Ehrman
    • David Gonzalez
    • Aziza Zemrani
  • Student Representative
    • Antonia Cherelle Gordon
    • Kayla Schwoerer
    • Saahir Shafi
Voting will begin the second week in November. Members wishing to petition to have their names added to this year's ballot may contact ASPA staff for more details on the process and requirements. The petition period will remain open until Friday, November 6.

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ASPA Partners with CPS HR to Help Agencies Build Employee Engagement

Public-sector organizations across the nation are facing enormous challenges, including maintaining performance and services despite COVID-19. To succeed in this difficult environment, government needs talented, committed and engaged employees.

Decades of research, including in the public sector, have shown that a high level of employee engagement drives productivity, organizational performance, strategic goal achievement, employee retention, and customer service and satisfaction. Highly engaged employees believe in their organization’s purpose and find their work meaningful and rewarding. As a result, they are highly motivated to help achieve their organization’s mission. This is especially important now, as public-sector organizations experience first-hand the demand to do more with less—and even more with even less.

To meet this challenge, ASPA is partnering with the CPS HR Consulting Institute for Public Sector Employee Engagement to provide public-sector organizations across the country with the tools and resources needed to understand, measure and improve employee engagement.

The Institute will survey your employees to enable you to understand the level of engagement in your workforce and what influences your employees’ engagement. CPS HR also will provide recommendations to help you create a more engaged workforce, thereby improving performance and service delivery.

The Institute has helped government organizations across the country measure and improve engagement. According to one government leader, "We selected the CPS HR Institute because of its holistic approach to engagement. Not just conducting the survey but also analyzing the results and helping us decide how to take action to improve engagement."

To learn more about how you can improve performance and service delivery by improving employee engagement, visit the CPC HR website or contact ASPA.

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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!

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.

KeepingCurrent: Post-Pandemic Economic Transition
October 14 | 1 p.m. EDT
Richard Greene, Moderator, Senior Advisor, Government Finance Research Center, University of Illinois and Principal, Barrett and Greene, Inc.
Don Kettl, Sid Richardson Professor, University of Texas and Senior Fellow, Volcker Alliance, the Brookings Institution and the Partnership for Public Service
Amy Liu, Vice President and Director, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution
Michael Pagano, Moderator, Dean, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, University of Illinois Chicago and Director, UIC's Government Finance Research Center
Mark Zandi, Chief Economist, Moody's Analytics

Though the pandemic is likely to dissipate at some point in the foreseeable future, experts agree that the economy will continue to suffer for years thereafter. This session, co-sponsored by the Government Finance Research Center at the University of Illinois Chicago, includes an all-star array of panelists. They will focus on that transitional period between the eradication of the disease and the full rehabilitation of the economy. What challenges will states and localities deal with in that interim period? What solutions can be conjured to those challenges that are anticipated now?

BookTalk: Trump, the Administrative Presidency, and Federalism
October 15 | Noon EDT
Barry Rabe, J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy, University of Michigan
Frank Thompson, Board of Governors Distinguished Professor, Rutgers University—SPAA
Kenneth Wong, Walter and Leonore Annenberg Chair for Education Policy, Brown University

Major discretion over who gets what from government has increasingly shifted to public administrators. In turn, presidents have often moved to shape the exercise of that discretion. This book places the Trump administrative presidency against the backdrop of those pursued by his predecessors dating back to Ronald Reagan. It zeroes in on the Trump administration’s executive initiatives in health care, climate and education. The book documents how the forces of federalism in combination with the courts have frequently (though not invariably) thwarted the Trump administrative presidency.

Students and New Professionals: Writing a CV
October 20 | 3 p.m. EDT
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
Inspired to Serve: Recommendations for the Future of the Public Service looked at the National Commission on Military, National and Public Service's recently released report, "Inspired to Serve." Three key take-aways from this discussion included:

  • Service within communities breaks down barriers, builds respect and strengthens understanding and dialogue. Access to service and enabling a service-minded public will strengthen our national resolve and better empower us all during times of crisis.
  • We need to ensure young people are able to participate in civic life and in their communities. A lack of civic education across the country greatly impacts our perceptions of military and public service and needs to be improved.
  • Our federal hiring process is outdated and needs to be improved in numerous ways. The commission has made a variety of recommendations to strengthen this process including veterans' hiring preferences, overhauling the process for students and recent graduates, competitive benefits and more.
Members, click below to access this webinar in our archives.

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A Focus on Membership: Chapter/Section Leadership Networking Call

Thanks to the almost 30 Chapter and Section leaders who participated in our networking call on Thursday, October 1! The conversation was both helpful and educational, as leaders from across ASPA looked for ways to connect with each other, share best practices and work together to keep their groups going as we head into the fall and winter.

If you were not able to participate in this first call, we will be hosting our next one on November 12 at 11 a.m. EDT. An invitation with registration information will be circulated later this month, so save the date on your calendar now!

If you have a topic you want us to cover, please send it to us so we can make sure we bring it up for group discussion—or simply attend and contribute to the discussion as it happens! If you are not a Chapter or Section leader, but have a question you want us to pose to our leaders, send it our way and we'll include it in our discussion!

We look forward to hosting these in the months ahead and will work to incorporate your suggestions into future calls to make them as helpful to you as possible!

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In Memoriam: Velma Ballard

Velma Ballard passed away on September 10. She was born in Emporia, Virginia and attended Emporia public schools.

Ballard was an active ASPA member, attending the Annual Conference and contributing to the Central Virginia Chapter, as well as several Sections including the Section on Democracy and Social Justice, Section for Women in Public Administration, Section on Professional and Organizational Development, Section on Public Administration Education and more.

With more than 40 years of service, Ballard retired from the Commonwealth of Virginia as deputy director of operations at the Department of Housing and Community Development in 2018. She also served on various boards and committees with Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) of Virginia. She believed with deep conviction that all people are equal and should have access to affordable housing.

Ballard earned her MA from George Washington University and Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University. She also was an active member of the Midlothian Campus of Passion Community Church in Richmond, Virginia.

Ballard is survived by her father, stepmother, aunt, uncle, five siblings, nieces, nephews and other family members and friends.

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What's Going on with Census 2020?

In case you were wondering, the 2020 Census is in limbo! Oscillating between "continue the count" and "focus on the data," based on the most recent court ruling, the biggest question at this time is whether the constitutionally mandated time frame (ending field work by September 30 in order to report Census results by December 31) will hold.

Earlier this year, the Census Bureau had submitted a request to the Senate to extend the timeframe by which the 2020 Census could be completed, due to the difficulties this year's count had experienced related to the COVID-19 pandemic. A delayed start to field work, necessary COVID precautions and a smaller-than-average team of enumerators had all contributed to the Bureau's request that it leave its enumerators in the field through October 31, reporting final apportionment numbers at the end of April 2021. The Senate did not vote to approve this request, leaving it to the courts to decide if the Census Bureau has had enough time to complete its work.

On September 25, a U.S. district judge had filed an injunction stopping the Trump administration from ending the Census's field efforts at the end of September. This decision was appealed and most recently, this week, the Ninth Circuit Court heard arguments as to why the injunction should be suspended and the enumerators' work cease.

Hinging on this decision is the question of whether the Census Bureau, given the delays and challenges it has experienced, has collected enough data to ensure a valid count—and thus provide accurate apportionment figures to determine a range of policies for the next decade. The Ninth Circuit is expected to rule on this issue later this week. Stay tuned for more details as they unfold!

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Michigan Chapter Hosts Lansing Mayor for Webinar, Focuses on the Economy

On September 23, ASPA's Michigan Chapter hosted a virtual event, "Moving Lansing's Economy Ahead Under COVID-19" with Lansing, Michigan Mayor Andy Schor. A few of the topics discussed by Mayor Schor included:

  • Dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak in the workplace—and working remotely during the pandemic
  • The One Lansing Fund, which is helping community members with basic needs including childcare, food, utilities, rent and mortgages
  • Restarting the Economic Development Corporation, which is focused on the tri-county mid-Michigan area
  • Assisting businesses, particularly small ones, in adapting to COVID-19 and the new normal
  • Accessing small business relief loans
  • Obtaining community development block grants from the federal government
  • The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, which is providing support for mayors during the pandemic
The full video of the event is available at www.aspamicap.org.

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Election 2020 Looms...

Right now, the country—indeed, the world—is focused on the upcoming presidential election. How, exactly, are things going to go on November 4 and what can we expect between now and then—and after? Former Federal Election Commissioner (and sometimes The Colbert Report guest) Trevor Potter posted this op-ed in The Washington Post recently, providing us all with a basic overview of election mechanisms for Election Day and beyond. Also, Morning Edition on National Public Radio held an interview with Ron Elving discussing the peaceful transition of power.

And, of course, just this week ASPA held a BookTalk with authors Kathleen Hale and Mitchell Brown, looking at their book, How We Vote—which discusses the specifics of election administration. Members can find that event in our webinar archives now.

Make the most of these resources, counter inaccuracies and conspiracy theories where you find them and, above all, remember: Election administrators and poll workers are valued public servants doing hard work (and risking their health to ensure a smooth electoral process). When you vote this fall, make sure you thank them for their service!

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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 80:5 Is Online

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

For the People: Uncertainty, Elections, and Enduring Consequences
Jeremy L. Hall and R. Paul Battaglio

Research Articles
Rethinking Loyalty and Competence in Presidential Appointments
Richard W. Waterman and Yu Ouyang

Making Every Vote Count: The Important Role of Managerial Capacity in Achieving Better Election Administration Outcomes
Martha Kropf, JoEllen V. Pope, Mary Jo Shepherd and Zachary Mohr

Political Ideology and Social Services Contracting: Evidence from a Regression Discontinuity Design
José M. Alonso and Rhys Andrews

COVID‐19 Viewpoint Symposium, Part II
Introduction: COVID‐19 Viewpoint Symposium, Part II
Jeremy L. Hall, Staci M. Zavattaro, R. Paul Battaglio and Michael W. Hail

Being a Public Manager in Times of Crisis: The Art of Managing Stakeholders, Political Masters, and Collaborative Networks
Zeger Van der Wal

European Coronationalism? A Hot Spot Governing a Pandemic Crisis
Geert Bouckaert, Davide Galli, Sabine Kuhlmann, Renate Reiter and Steven Van Hecke

Balancing Governance Capacity and Legitimacy: How the Norwegian Government Handled the COVID‐19 Crisis as a High Performer
Tom Christensen and Per Lægreid

An Empirical Assessment of the Intrusiveness and Reasonableness of Emerging Work Surveillance Technologies in the Public Sector
Étienne Charbonneau and Carey Doberstein

Responding to COVID‐19 through Surveys of Public Servants
Christian Schuster, Lauren Weitzman, Kim Sass Mikkelsen, Jan Meyer‐Sahling, Katherine Bersch, Francis Fukuyama, Patricia Paskov, Daniel Rogger, Dinsha Mistree and Kerenssa Kay

The Effects of Governmental and Individual Predictors on COVID‐19 Protective Behaviors in China: A Path Analysis Model
Bibing Dai, Di Fu, Guangteng Meng, Bingsheng Liu, Qi Li and Xun Liu

Social Distancing during the COVID‐19 Pandemic: Who Are the Present and Future Noncompliers?
Mogens Jin Pedersen and Nathan Favero

Collective Bargaining during Times of Crisis: Recommendations from the COVID‐19 Pandemic
Daniel L. Fay and Adela Ghadimi

Social Equity and COVID‐19: The Case of African Americans
James E. Wright II and Cullen C. Merritt

How Can Local Governments Address Pandemic Inequities?
Aaron Deslatte, Megan E. Hatch and Eric Stokan

Social Vulnerability and Equity: The Disproportionate Impact of COVID‐19
Tia Sherèe Gaynor and Meghan E. Wilson

Framing a Needed Discourse on Health Disparities and Social Inequities: Drawing Lessons from a Pandemic
Simone Martin‐Howard and Kyle Farmbry

What Drives Successful Administrative Performance during Crises? Lessons from Refugee Migration and the COVID‐19 Pandemic
Rahel M. Schomaker and Michael W. Bauer

Coproduction During and After the COVID‐19 Pandemic: Will It Last?
Trui Steen and Taco Brandsen

Managing Mass Fatalities During COVID‐19: Lessons for Promoting Community Resilience during Global Pandemics
Rebecca M. Entress, Jenna Tyler and Abdul‐Akeem Sadiq

Institutional Collective Action During COVID‐19: Lessons in Local Economic Development
Darrin H. E. Wilson, Brad A. M. Johnson, Eric Stokan and Michael Overton

Coproducing Responses to COVID‐19 with Community‐Based Organizations: Lessons from Zhejiang Province, China
Yuan (Daniel) Cheng, Jianxing Yu, Yongdong Shen and Biao Huang

Nonprofit Service Continuity and Responses in the Pandemic: Disruptions, Ambiguity, Innovation, and Challenges
Yu Shi, Hee S. Jang, Laura Keyes and Lisa Dicke

Network of Networks: Preliminary Lessons from the Antwerp Port Authority on Crisis Management and Network Governance to Deal with the COVID‐19 Pandemic
Steven van den Oord, Niels Vanlaer, Hugo Marynissen, Bert Brugghemans, Jan Van Roey, Sascha Albers, Bart Cambré and Patrick Kenis

Hybrid Coordination for Coping with the Medical Surge from the COVID‐19 Pandemic: Paired Assistance Programs in China
Qian Hu, Haibo Zhang, Naim Kapucu and Wu Chen

Book Reviews
Sager, Fritz, Rosser, Christian, Mavrot, Céline, and Hurni, Pascal Y. A Transatlantic History of Public Administration: Analyzing the USA, Germany and France
Reviewed by Daniel Carelli

Honig, Dan, Navigation by Judgment: Why and When Top Down Management of Foreign Aid Doesn't Work
Reviewed by Jennifer Brick Murtazashvili

Herd, Pamela and Moynihan, Donald, Administrative Burden—Policymaking by Other Means
Cohen, Elizabeth F., The Political Value of Time—Citizenship, Duration, and Democratic Justice

Reviewed by Steven Putansu

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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!

Retiring Early Can Be Bad for the Brain
A study of a retirement program in China found that people who retired early suffered significant cognitive decline that put them at risk of early onset of dementia.

Corralling the Facts on Herd Immunity
What exactly does it mean and can it be used to combat COVID-19?

Feds' Most Valuable (and Perhaps Undervalued) Benefit
Working for the government has its perks and the generous benefits are definitely among them. Many feds may consider their retirement pension or investment in the Thrift Savings Plan to be the most important. While these are great benefits, the Federal Employees Health Benefits program may be the most valuable.

Finding Your Routine Again: A Guide Back to Your Better Self
While a routine might be boring for some people, we all have habits throughout the day that keep us organized, whether it's brushing our teeth in the morning or doing our work in a way that makes sense to us. Our routines can enable the best version of ourselves to accomplish all of the things on our to-do lists.

Mothers' Careers Are At Extraordinary Risk Right Now
The conditions of teleworking combined with increased child-care demands are a perfect storm for bias against working mothers.

When COVID-19 Superspreaders Are Talking, Where You Sit in the Room Matters
Proper ventilation is crucial. It doesn't take long for airborne coronavirus particles to make their way through a room. At first, only people sitting near an infected speaker are at high risk, but as the meeting or class goes on, the tiny aerosols can spread.

Seven Science-Based Strategies to Cope with Coronavirus Anxiety
Sustained high anxiety can undermine constructive responses to the crisis. The following suggestions, based on psychological science, can help you deal with coronavirus anxiety.

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.


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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!


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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.

Rutgers University-Led Team Awarded $2.3 Million Smart and Connected Communities Grant from National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a three-year, $2.3 million Smart and Connected Communities Grant to Rutgers University faculty from the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (New Brunswick) and the Transparency and Governance Center (TGC) in the School of Public Administration and Affairs (SPAA) (Newark) to partner with the City of Newark, New Jersey, for developing strategies and tools to create inclusive and equitable digital public services.

Robert W. Smith: Your Vote Makes A Difference
The importance of voting cannot be understated and I wanted to share insights from my University of Illinois—Springfield colleagues on some key questions at the core of the 2020 presidential race.

Has the Government Done A Good Enough Job Updating Itself?
Tom Temin's Federal Drive interviewed Indiana University's Jim Perry about his recently released book, Public Service and Good Governance for the Twenty-First Century, compiled from essays from a variety of public administration experts. (Members can hear ASPA's BookTalk on this subject in our webinar archives.)

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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:

  • NASPAA 2020 Virtual Conference
    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
    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
    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
    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

Section News
  • SPAE Announces Inaugural Award Recipient: Excellence in Service to ASPA/SPAE
    The Section on Public Administration Education (SPAE) is pleased to announce it has named its inaugural awardee for its Excellence in Service to ASPA/SPAE, first conveyed this fall. They presented the award to long-time ASPA member Pamela Dunning (Troy University) in recognition of her tireless efforts supporting the Section, serving in various leadership roles, acting as a mentor to rising leaders, supporting the Teaching Public Administration Conference and launching the Section’s recent speakers’ bureau, among many initiatives. ASPA joins SPAE in its warm congratulations to Pamela in recognition of her career-long efforts.

  • SECM Surveys COVID-19 Response in the Field
    The Section on Emergency and Crisis Management (SECM) is conducting an administrative study of the professional activities related to the pandemic that members have undertaken during these complex and unprecedented times. It is the Section’s intention to highlight the findings from this research as an after-action report during ASPA’s 2021 Annual Conference. The survey takes about 10-15 minutes to complete and is an important part of this research study. Participation is voluntary; should you feel uncomfortable with any of the questions, you are not obligated to answer them. Your responses are confidential and the Section will use aggregate results. Copies of the results will be available upon request. Click here to complete the survey. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Bev Cigler.
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 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.

  • Public Administration Quarterly Call for Papers: Symposium on Special District Management
    Special districts are a profoundly important form of government, having experienced significant growth of the last several decades. Though generally receiving less attention then general local governments, special districts often are charged with providing core public services that impact citizens' day-to-day lives. Special districts are unique in their single functional focus, potentially complex and overlapping geographical boundaries that may not be conterminous with other units of local government, and in the churning that comes through special district creation and dissolution. Despite the growth and prevalence of special districts, our knowledge of these units of government is still relatively limited and additional attention to the management, functions and contexts of special districts will add to the growing body of information on these important service providers. This symposium will provide a venue for conceptual or empirical research that examines issues related to the management of special districts. Proposals are due by November 15.
    Click here to read the full Call for Papers.

  • 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.

  • Global Public Policy and Governance Call for Papers
    Launched earlier this year, Global Public Policy and Governance (GPPG) promotes multidisciplinary research to reflect on how increasing global interdependence has shaped public policy and governance in its values, structures, dynamics and consequences, and vice versa. The journal welcomes organizational, administrative, managerial and policy-based research that explores public sector reforms and developments in an increasingly globalized world. The journal's scope covers comparative public policy and governance, domestic public policy and governance with global relevance, public policy diffusion across national borders, and regional/global policy and governance. Publications in GPPG are not limited by areas of public policy and preference is given to topics of widespread significance.
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