The universe of public administration conferences is changing. More conferences held in new and exciting locations seem to be announced daily. Which conferences will (or could) improve the most?
This is a tough question to answer. PMRA is known entity by now. Internationalization will change the conference; I don’t know by how much or in what ways. ASPA probably won’t change much. There’s too much inertia there.
I like AOM but the requirement to submit a full and complete paper so far in advance is inconvenient for many faculty. NASPAA, of course, has a limited focus.
IRSPM has improved but still has a regional focus. Likewise, EGPA has never become a big target, and the timing often conflicts with APSA, which has its own issues.
Which ones have the greatest prospects? Comments are closed here, but feel free to let me know your thoughts on Twitter at @abwhitford.
Above Politics: Bureaucratic Discretion and Credible Commitment, written with Gary J. Miller of Washington University in St. Louis, will receive the American Political Science Association’s 2017 Gladys M. Kammerer Award for US national public policy. Gary and I published this book in 2016 in the Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions series of Cambridge University Press.
I’m serving on the Conference Committee for the 2017 NASPAA Conference, “Confidence in Public and Nonprofit Institutions: How is it Built, How is it Lost, and How is it Regained?”. There are four tracks. In particular, I’ve been asked to help find presenters and panels for Track 4 “Recruiting the Next Generation to Public Service in a Changing World”.
I think this is a great opportunity to help shape the discussion of public affairs training and it’s impact on recruiting new people to public service. Let me know if you have ideas, proposals, or recommendations about the track and its panels.
Please let your grad students know about this great opportunity.
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