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November 12, 2020

   
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ASPA National Council Calls for Repeal of Executive Order Threatening Civil Service

The American Society for Public Administration, the nation's leading professional association for the practice and study of public administration, has issued the following statement and resolution on Presidential Executive Order 13957.

As reported extensively, Executive Order 13957 establishes a new classification of federal employees and allows agency heads to decide which positions will be placed in it. The result: A large number of federal employees are at risk of being stripped of their civil service protections and subject to political review and dismissal for any reason. The order is scheduled to take effect following a 90-day agency review: January 19, the day before the presidential inauguration.

Representing more than 10,000 members and partners, the ASPA National Council—the organization's board of directors—calls for an immediate repeal of the executive order. Failing that step, it urges Congress to swiftly exercise its oversight and legal responsibilities to resist this action, which puts at risk the careers and wellbeing of much of the two million person-strong federal civilian workforce.

"Just as our profession stands on the four pillars of efficiency, effectiveness, economy and equity, our federal government stands on a strong, non-partisan civil service to do the public good," ASPA President Kendra Stewart said. "This executive order is contrary to what effective government stands for. Merit and impartiality have been the hallmarks of a professional public service for more than 100 years. This order was issued without stakeholder consultation, but drafted with exceptional vagueness, leaving thousands upon thousands of professionals at risk of immediate dismissal without due process."

The National Council approved the following resolution:

WHEREAS, the American Society for Public Administration has stood at the forefront of leading and advancing the highest standards of professionalism, ethical behavior and transparency in government, both in the United States and abroad, for more than 80 years; and

WHEREAS, the effectiveness of the U.S. national government is grounded in an experienced and professional workforce comprising more than 2.1 million dedicated individuals, a career civil service whose sole mission—serving the American people effectively, efficiently and equitably—transcends presidential administrations and provides a level of expertise and commitment that our nation expects and deserves; and

WHEREAS, the strength of the U.S. government's career civil service resides in the laws and traditions that ensure merit and expertise—not political expediency or favoritism—that have been a hallmark of the federal workforce for more than a century; and

WHEREAS, Presidential Executive Order 13957, signed October 21, established a new federal classification—Schedule F—that strikes at the heart of the laws and principles on which the federal civil service was founded and has stood for generations; and

WHEREAS, this Executive Order places at grave risk the ability of tens of thousands of federal employees to do their jobs competently and effectively—free of political favor and without risk of political reprisal—and strips away the employment protections and due process that existing law provides them;

NOW, THEREFORE, the elected National Council of the American Society for Public Administration urges most strongly that Executive Order 13957 be withdrawn and, if not, that Congress exercise its oversight and legal responsibilities to swiftly resist this destructive action that will cause irreparable harm to the work, careers and lives of those dedicated to serving the public good.

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It's Time to Vote!

Voting in ASPA's 2020 election is open. Now through midnight on Friday, December 4, you may cast your ballot and vote for the individuals you most want to serve in ASPA's leadership positions.

This year, the following positions are open for election:

  • President-Elect who, upon completion of a two-year term, will serve as ASPA's President for a two-year term.
  • District Representative (for Districts I, II, III, IV, and V) who will serve a three-year term representing their electoral District within the United States.
  • Candidates for Student Representative who will serve a one-year term representing both Student and New Professional members of ASPA.
Click here to learn more about the candidates running for office.

Additionally, you will have the opportunity to vote on a proposed amendment to ASPA's bylaws. Click here to read the memo presented by ASPA National President Kendra Stewart to learn more.

You will need your ASPA login information to vote. Please contact ASPA's membership department at membership@aspanet.org or at (202) 585-4308 for assistance. (Need a paper ballot mailed to you? Please let us know!)

This is your opportunity to engage in ASPA's democratic process and choose who will represent your needs and concerns on the National Council and beyond. Vote by Friday, December 4!



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ASPA 2021 Annual Conference Call for Proposals Is Out!

It's time to restore the integrity of our republic and institutions abroad. Recent months have provided the public sector around the world with serious crises to solve and tested our abilities to do so: COVID-19, protests against social injustices and economic decline have all become top priorities. Meanwhile, long-standing challenges like climate change, transportation, infrastructure, water quality and global unrest have continued to simmer, requiring attention with much more limited resources. What does our future look like and how do we begin to recover and work toward a post-COVID-19 world? ASPA's 2021 Annual Conference will delve into the most pressing topics affecting our profession and provide space for new solutions.

Simmering under COVID-19, the Black Lives Matter movement and the myriad administrative burdens both have uncovered is a recognition of the fact that the systems that undergird our nation—health care, transit and transportation, budgeting and finance, the social safety net, environmental protections, education and more—are in serious disrepair, no longer working for all members of our society. There are serious administrative limitations and burdens placed on the most vulnerable in our society, constraining them from reaching their fullest potential, and limiting our country's potential as a result. Recovering from a year of pandemics and protests means evaluating these underlying systems and, instead of finding band-aids, envisioning new ways to support our society. Examining strategies international communities and regions have effectively employed can inform the American experience and offer new approaches to ensure success.

The 2021 Annual Conference will convene scholars, practitioners and students from around the world to look at the big problems we're all facing and the systems in which they operate, while working toward a future that is more equitable for all. Our call for proposals is for an online conference, enabling participants to contribute to this important conversation from any location, eliminating travel concerns for those who are unable to join us in person and ensuring we have as many diverse voices as possible to contribute to this conversation.

Track descriptions are below; you can find more details online. Please review each description and think carefully about where your proposal fits best. Many topics featured in prior conferences—human resources, public safety, emergency management, public administration theory, legal and ethical frameworks, the environment, ethics and technology—are critical to this dialogue and are incorporated.

All proposals are due by December 11. Start planning yours today!

  • Track One—Social Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: More Than a Seat at the Table
    While 2020 has been thoroughly disheartening, it also has breathed new life into the fight for social equity in ways no one could have anticipated. Now that the fire is rekindled, how do we shape it to create new systems and open the doors for true equality? What will that look like and how do we get there? Let’s do more than imagine possibilities; let's make them realities.

  • Track Two—Money Talks: The Use and Management of Public Funds to Meet Today’s Challenges
    At the end of every move toward progress you'll find a critical limitation: economic resources. All levels of government struggle to fund steps forward, or even adjust current financial systems to accommodate innovation. COVID-19, social justice reforms, the eroding of the social safety net and other present-day concerns have brought this into the spotlight, even as state and local coffers are empty, tax options are limited, rainy day funds evaporate and the workforce shrinks to accommodate break-even budgeting. We need fresh ideas that are working, new models that can be extrapolated for broader use and innovative thinking that can transform our “square” challenge into a "hexagon" response.

  • Track Three—Good Governance and Meaningful Public Service
    The U.S. public sector workforce is bedeviled with challenges: an aging workforce retiring rapidly, deficient skill sets and HR practices, an unattractive compensation system, a failing pipeline, an overly prolonged hiring process, ethical "gray areas" being redrawn. The list goes on. While efforts are underway to bring this facet of public administration fresh life, it isn't happening fast enough and COVID-19 has meant a shrinking workforce and low morale at exactly the time when we need to be all things to all people. Can we use present-day challenges to create something new and bold that matches today's needs? How are regions around the world solving this problem and what lessons can we learn from their efforts?

  • Track Four—"Fixing" Our Government: Putting Humpty Dumpty Back Together Again
    Things break or fall apart or fail to work properly. It's a fact of life. When things break, you can glue the pieces back together, you can find the broken pieces and fix them or you can replace it entirely with a newer, better model that fits your current needs. The U.S. government apparatus—the agencies that run it, the administrative bodies that put policies to work—is failing, resulting in inequities across society as some groups of people are better served than others. What is the best solution: glue, fixing pieces or replacing them with new components to better serve our times? It depends on the system. but something must be done. It's time for the federal government to take control, set policy and provide our country with an equitable apparatus that works for everyone, focused on the most important challenges of our time, instead of piecemeal approaches that only partially work, focusing on challenges from decades ago. We’re looking for innovation, new approaches and cutting-edge models of the “things” that will put our government back together again.

  • Track Five—Beyond Borders: Joining Forces for Shared Learning and Action
    Public administrators have been comparing systems between countries and regions for decades, always with the premise that while our systems are different, they also are very similar. The COVID-19 pandemic has put those disparities into sharp relief, proving that in some places, the differences are dramatic. From health care to public welfare, from equity to unemployment, from freedom of speech to freedom of privacy to freedom of movement—our differences are on display, and we need to learn from them. We'll look forward to robust dialogues within this track to find success stories and translate them across borders.

  • Track Six—Modern Infrastructure for a 21st Century Society
    American society is supported by an ancient infrastructure across all systems: elections, health care, transportation, energy, waterways, roads, bridges and more. COVID-19 has proven it is past time for us to move into a new age. We need innovation and a creative approach to problem-solving now, making the most of the opportunities available to rethink old systems and transform them into new approaches as we recover from COVID-19. How do we get there? This track is most intensely linked to the rest, relying on equity, public financing, a skilled workforce, global connections and the administrative state to ensure new systems are effective. Bring your ideas and start drafting a modern infrastructure to support all of our needs!
Track details can be found on our website. View our Presenters Guidelines here to learn more details that will help you shape a perfect proposal. Answers to some frequently asked questions also are provided. More information will be announced in the coming weeks.

Remember: All proposals are due by December 11. Start planning yours now!



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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: Solved. How Other Countries Cracked the World's Biggest Problems (and we can too)
November 12 | 3 p.m. ET
Presenters:
Bill Shields, Executive Director, ASPA
Andrew Wear, Director, Economic Development and International, City of Melbourne

In the years ahead, as we seek to re-build after COVID-19, there will be value in taking inspiration from a range of other countries around the world, many of whom have been achieving outcomes that far surpass ours. Denmark will reach 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030. South Koreans will soon live longer than anyone else on Earth. The United Kingdom has the lowest homicide rate in the OECD. Understanding how other countries around the world are working to crack the big problems helps illuminate the sort of action required to make a difference.




BookTalk: Measuring Social Change: From a Niche to an Ecosystem Strategy
November 17 | 1 p.m. ET
Presenters:
Alnoor Ebrahim, Professor of Management, Tufts University
Scott Schenkleberg, CEO, Miriam's Kitchen

How do you measure progress toward worthy goals like ending homelessness, responding to health emergencies or advancing human rights? What results can nonprofits and social enterprises reasonably measure and for which can they legitimately take credit? How can measurement be used strategically so it is useful for decisionmaking? These questions are at the heart of Professor Alnoor Ebrahim's book Measuring Social Change. Join Ebrahim and Scott Schenkelberg, CEO of Miriam's Kitchen—an organization working to end homelessness—for a lively discussion on measuring what matters.




Students and New Professionals: Writing the Perfect Cover Letter
November 19 | 1 p.m. ET
Presenters:
Patria de Lancer Julnes, Associate Dean of Academic Programs, Marxe School of Public & International Affairs, Baruch College, CUNY
Abdul Samad, Moderator, Doctoral Candidate, Florida International University
Bill Shields, Executive Director, ASPA

This webinar is perfect for those who are on, or preparing for, the job market to learn how to represent themselves well through a cover letter. Cover letters have their own tricks, dos, don'ts and hidden "tells" that will ward off future employers. Writing the perfect letter is an art form and deserves serious attention every time you write it. Our panelists will discuss cover letters for practitioners and academics, talking you through the essentials—what to include, what not to include, length, tone and so much more. From best practices to silent deal-breakers, they will help you grasp how to put together an ideal letter that will represent you well and get people's attention.




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A Focus on Membership: ASPA Partners with CPS HR to Help Members 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 ASPA members and 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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ASPA Chapters and Sections: Make Sure We Know Your Leaders!

If you are an ASPA Chapter or Section leader and haven’t heard from us recently, please make sure you contact us and confirm our records! We keep track of all of our Chapters’ and Sections’ leadership—all Board members, but especially Executive Committee members—and are in regular contact with you about your Chapter or Section activities. If you have not received an email from ASPA staff, it may be because we have an inaccurate list of leaders.

You can check your Chapter or Section's membership roster online (leaders only) to review the data we have, or reach out and ask us to help you confirm your information.

As we get closer to the 2021 Annual Conference, it will become very important for us to know who your leaders are, so we can make sure you have all the tools you need to make the conference's opportunities. Reach out to us today!

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Happy 100th Birthday, Dr. Hauptmann

Later this month, on November 24, Dr. Jerzy Hauptmann would have been 100 years old and Park University is celebrating his life and legacy throughout the month.

Hauptmann was the founding president of ASPA's Greater Kansas City Chapter in 1960, which was only the beginning of his ASPA legacy. He served on our National Council in the 1960s, founded the Midwest Review of Public Administration (now the American Review of Public Administration—ARPA) and received ASPA's Donald C. Stone Service to ASPA Award in 1996, to name just a few accomplishments.

Even more, he gave some of today's public administration stars their start in public administration and ASPA, including Erik Bergrud—who indicates he would not have had his ASPA history without Hauptmann—and David Rosenbloom—who had some of his earliest work published in ARPA by Hauptmann.

According to Bergrud, Hauptmann "devoted his professional career to a once-small liberal arts college outside Kansas City [what is now Park University] so he did not receive the full acclaim he deserved while he was alive."

You can read more about his life in this brief obituary, printed in PS in 2008. ASPA is happy to honor and celebrate what would have been Hauptmann's 100th birthday and is pleased to be a part of his life and legacy.

ASPA hosted the 2020 Hauptmann Lecture with Park University earlier this fall, delivered by Rutgers University—Newark Board of Governor's Distinguished Professor Norma Riccucci. You can find a recording of that webinar on our website.

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NAPA and IBM Center Release Agile Report

The National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) joined the IBM Center for The Business of Government in releasing a special report on agile government principles and best practices: "The Road to Agile Government—Driving Change to Achieve Success." The report is authored by former U.S. Office of Management and Budget Deputy Director G. Edward DeSeve, an Academy fellow, a Visiting Fellow with the Center and head of the Agile Government Center, which is a joint initiative of the Academy and the Center to address NAPA's Grand Challenges in Public Administration.



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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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Public Administration Review Seeks to Add One or More Managing Editors

Are you interested in taking on a meaningful service to the discipline? Do you want to become more familiar with the black box of academic publishing? Are you a faculty member in a tenured or tenure-track position? Do you have a passion for public administration? This might be the perfect opportunity for you!

What you should bring:

  • Energetic approach and solid work ethic—a willingness to perform duties in a thorough and timely fashion.
  • Deep scholarly interest in the public administration literature.
  • PAR publishes in English; command of the English language, particularly written communication is essential, as are proofreading and copyediting skills.
  • Altruistic motivation: a desire to better the discipline for its constituents.
  • Attention to detail, self-motivation and enthusiasm for the work.
What duties can you expect to perform? (Our division of labor means there will be some variation from person to person):
  • Technical review of manuscripts and assignment to the Editor-in-Chief for processing.
  • Identify potential reviewers for manuscripts and make recommendations to the Editor-in-Chief.
  • Identify, report and send reminders to tardy reviewers.
  • Review manuscripts missing reviewers and recommend replacements to the Editor-in-Chief.
  • Maintain and update editorial board roster and mailing lists.
  • Maintain and update user records in Editorial Manager.
  • Proof manuscripts before final publication.
Are there other things I should know?
  • You will be acknowledged online and on the inside cover of each issue.
  • There is no compensation for any member of PAR's editorial team; we are a wholly voluntary organization. Many editorial team members receive support from their institutions in the form of course release or travel funding. It is up to you to negotiate this with your institution if selected.
  • Managing Editors report directly to the Editor-in-Chief.
  • The efficiency of the Managing Editor is essential to keeping our key performance metrics in line, particularly making decisions in a timely fashion.
Interested? How to apply:
Send, via email, a letter of interest (no more than one page) detailing your interest in the position and relevant experience; a copy of your CV; and a list of three references we may consult. Please send to editor@publicadministrationreview.com. Applications received by November 30, 2020 will receive full consideration. A selection will be made by mid-December and duties will begin January 1, 2021.

Find this announcement online.

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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!

How to Use COVID-19 Testing and Quarantining to Safely Travel for the Holidays
Over the approaching holidays, people around the world will want to travel to see friends and family. Getting tested for the coronavirus can make this safer, but testing alone is not a perfect answer.

How to Be a Good Digital Citizen During the Election—and Its Aftermath
That "friend of a friend" post you're thinking about sharing on social media could make you an unwitting accomplice in a disinformation campaign.

How to Keep Your Head Clear in the Weeks to Come
It's no secret that most of us, no matter which candidates we voted for, are feeling a lot of anxiety and stress around what might happen.

Face Coverings Could Save 130,000 American Lives from COVID-19 By March
A powerful new study models just how critical this simple, low-cost step will be this winter and through the course of this pandemic.

Post-Election Grief Is Real and Here Are Five Coping Strategies—Including Getting Back into Politics
Every election triggers distress for some people. Here are some ways to possibly cope.

Free Tutoring Now Available for School-Age Children of Federal Employees
The Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund is partnering with an online tutoring company to this provide service.

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 continue to make news in a variety of ways. 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.

U-M's Ford School of Public Policy Dean Shares Insights on Election, Economy and Supreme Court
For Michael S. Barr, dean of University of Michigan's Ford School of Public Policy, insights into the executive and judicial branches of the U.S. government are more than academic: He served in two presidential administrations and was a law clerk for a Supreme Court justice. Barr, a key architect of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, sees a need for an even more comprehensive public investment a decade later with the pandemic-induced recession. While pollsters ask voters how they see the presidential candidates in terms of handling COVID-19 or the economy separately, Barr argues the economy will not rebound "unless we wrap our arms around our public health crisis." Read about his insights as Barr discusses those topics and other pressing matters of public policy.

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Welcome New ASPA Members!
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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:

  • SEA's Leadership Development Summit: The Future of Government Leadership is Now
    The Senior Executives Association is hosting a three-day virtual leadership summit, December 8-10, designed to empower participants to take ideas about the future of work and apply them to today. Between the pandemic, the shift to fully remote work environments, changing economy and talented thinkers, the ideas that drive how work and leadership will be handled in the future are being tested immediately. The government's leaders are being challenged to meet this new work dynamic head on—which may require different ways of thinking and being. Join colleagues from all across the government to explore, learn, take time to focus on yourself and build connections. (Provide promo code 2020SUMMIT to receive $50 off the registration fee.)
    Register today to reserve your spot.

  • 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 ASPA Annual Conference
    Online, starting April 9
    Theme: "Picking Up the Pieces: Pandemic, Protests and the Future of Public Service"
    The Call for Proposals is online; proposals are due by December 11, 2020.

  • 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 decisionmakers 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:
  • 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.

  • Call for Papers: "The State of Black America"
    Sponsored by the Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE), this think tank is producing a report exploring the latest scholarship into the character, shape and tendencies of life in the United States for Black Americans. The report will be truly comprehensive in scope, covering economics, history, culture, legal contexts, education, health care, religion and political efficacy. It will highlight the interaction between public policies and community development, and it welcomes research at the micro and macro levels of analysis, quantitative and qualitative. The target audience is scholars, as well as policymakers and practitioners, including clergy leaders on the front lines of Black communities. All proposals are due by December 20, 2020.
    Find the Call for Papers 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.
    Click here for more information.

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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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