CFP: Winelands Conference, South Africa

13th International Winelands Conference 2012
2 – 4 April 2012

Conference themes:
Integrity and governance: What is wrong? What is good? What is next?
Theme 1: What’s wrong? Corruption in Governance
Theme 2: What’s good? Good Governance in the public and non-profit sector.
Theme 3: What’s next? Innovations in Governance and Research.


The School of Public Leadership (SPL) of Stellenbosch University, South Africa in collaboration with the Anti-corruption Education and Research Centre (ACCERUS) Stellenbosch, South Africa and the Zijlstra Center for Public Control and Governance, VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands is pleased to announce the 13th International Winelands Conference – “Integrity and governance: What is wrong? What is good? What is next?” and to invite the submission of papers for this prestigious event which will be held over three days beginning on Monday, 2 April 2012.

This 13th biennial Conference, now in its twenty-fourth year, will once again be held in historic Stellenbosch, the university town with scenic oak-lined streets, elegant old architecture, a wonderful climate, magnificent tourist destinations and, of course, the world-famous wine estates, from which the Conference takes its name.

The Winelands conference, with its essentially public leadership and governance focus, is held every second year in Stellenbosch in South Africa’s Western Cape province. The Conference always attracts an
accomplished range of international participants – not least because of its stimulating and collegiate ambiance.

The 13th Winelands Conference proposes to address the contribution of various research disciplines towards solving particular social and administrative problems. To this end the Conference will focus on three inter-related themes.

The first theme : “What’s wrong? Corruption in Governance” wishes to explore the pervasive nature of corruption and the problematic administrative and social effects it has regarding state organisations
around the world. Why are countries individually and collectively failing to deal effectively with the problem? Is it that we have yet to accumulate sufficient knowledge on the causes of corruption and on approaches that would most effectively combat it? What new perspectives, ideas and concepts might there be – both theoretical and practical – that attempt to address these questions?

The second theme “What’s good? Good Governance in the public and non-profit sector” concerns the new concepts of governance now found in many countries around the world. “Network governance”, “publicness” and “civilness” are but some of the new terms being used to describe steering mechanisms and structures which concern both the public and private sectors. These all tend to have a perplexing degree of complexity and ambiguity. How should we properly understand and utilise these approaches to modern governance? Which of these have the potential to significantly improve levels of good
governance – and have been seen to be effective? And what should be the role of government in exploring, promoting and applying these new concepts?

The third and final theme “What’s next? Innovations in governance and research” which concerns innovation in governance, seeks to take a more in-depth look at the international research community’s response to social problems. How do we go about obtaining deeper and more comprehensive
understandings of new challenges in the public sector? What new perspectives might we pursue in order to deal with these powerful and resilient problem areas? And relatedly there is also the issue of new research approaches: what focus and methods of research might best contribute to the answers we
seek? Are there possibilities for action research, trans-disciplinary projects – or are there perhaps altogether new research methodologies that might be useful?

We invite you to submit your abstract by 15 October 2011 and take part in this exciting congress!


We look forward to welcome you in Stellenbosch.

Conference Chairperson
School of Public Leadership (SPL)