CFP: SOG Workshop in Bergen

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Dear all,

Do not forget our current call for papers for the next SOG Conference in Bergen “Accountability and Welfare State Reforms”

February 19th-20th, 2015

Key notes by professor Johan P. Olsen and professor Werner Jann

All available information here:

The deadline for abstracts for paper proposals is September 15.

Per Lægreid

The debate about the Fed’s “dissensus” never ends

In short, a single head, enjoying the confidence of the President, would be able to speak with vigor for the central banking viewpoint in the formation of economic policy; yet once the deliberations had been completed an assurance would exist that the Fed would be at one with
the rest of the government in executing the policy determined upon.

Michael Regan. (1961) “The Political Structure of the Federal Reserve System.” APSR.

How deviants help

Organizations may also try to design structures that avoid excessive socialization of new members. In a socialization process, two things are happening at the same time: (1) The code of received knowledge is learning from the beliefs and practices of individuals. (2) Individuals are learning the code. In such a system of mutual adaptation, individuals ‘get ahead’ by learning the code as rapidly as possible. The code, on the other hand, develops by learning from individuals who deviate from the code in a useful way. Thus, there is a system-level, long-term advantage in slowing socialization to the code (so that the code can learn), but an individual-level, short-run advantage in speeding socialization (March, 1991). Organizational structures that encourage rapid acculturation and socialization reduce the capabilities of the organization to learn from individual deviance.

Levinthal and March. (1993) “The Myopia of Learning”, p. 108.

CFP: Towards an Experimental Public Administration

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Towards an Experimental Public Administration
DEADLINE: 15 October 2014

Symposium Guest Editors
Sebastian Jilke (Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands)
Steven Van de Walle (Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands)
Soonhee Kim (KDI School of Public Policy and Management, Republic of Korea)

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Three observations about independent agencies

Scholars of bureaus have long struggled to explain and understand the value of having independent agencies in democracies. Some argue that independence is bad because accountability to elected officials is important for agency responsiveness. Others have argued that independence is good, perhaps because elected officials only imperfectly represent the electorate.

I’ve been thinking a lot about independence the last couple of years, and have arrived at three observations about independent agencies in our modern world.

First, more and more developing countries are turning to the independence model for designing their regulatory systems.

Second, policy practitioners increasingly recognize the value of independent agencies staffed by professionals in the field. These calls come from both the right and the left.

Third, polarization makes independence more – not less – valuable as an arrangement for long-term stability in the policy sphere.

In my opinion, the focus in political science on accountability pretty much misses the point about why we have such bureaus, and their value in the policymaking environment.

CFP: 9th German-Sino International Conference on Public Administration

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9th German – Sino International Conference on Public Administration

„Public Service in a Social Market Economy“

Berlin, November 26th to November 28th 2014

Dear colleagues,

In order to strengthen international exchanges and cooperation in the field of public administration to share new experiences and accomplishments of countries in social innovation and public service, Southwest University of Finance and Economics Chengdu, China, the Berlin School of Economics and Law Germany, the SPAA at Rutgers University-Newark, USA will co-sponsor the 9th German- Sino International Conference.

We cordially invite submissions of individual papers for the theme „Public Service in a Social Market Economy“. Papers should fall within, but not necessarily limited to, the following tracks:

Public Administration: Theory and Concepts, Professionalization and Education, Case Studies,
Public Management, Finance and Privatization,
Public Health,
Social Innovation, Social Security and Policy,
Public Service and Non-Profit-Sector.

Please submit a half page abstract/proposal (max 2,000 digests) for each paper and add three keywords reflecting your topic. Accepted proposals will be assigned to parallel sessions by the Program Committee.

Submissions have to be send to: or
The deadline for submissions (abstract/proposal): September 15, 2014

Full Paper December 31, 2014:
1.5 spaced manuscripts of 5,000 to 8,000 words (references included) in 12-point font and name/date, Reference style (APA). Microsoft word.
For more information and questions
regarding the conference contact us at:
Dr. Mengzhong Zhang,
Associate Dean at the School of Public Affairs and Administration
Rutgers University-Newark (Office Telephone:1-973-353-3706 )

Detailed information can be found September 2014 on our website.

We are looking forward to receiving your submissions.

Best regards

the Program Committee:
Prof. Dr. Doerte Busch,
Professor of Law at the Berlin School of Economics and Law Berlin (BSEL)
Prof. Xinglin Tang, Ph.D,
Dean at the School of Public Administration, Southwest University of Finance and Economics, China
Prof. Marc Holzer, Ph.D,
Dean at the School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University-Newark, USA.

CFP: Hybridity in Accounting and Performance Measurement in the public sector: Next steps for Research

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International Research Society of Public Management Special Interest Group on Accounting and Accountability

Workshop on “Hybridity in Accounting and Performance Measurement in the public sector: Next steps for Research”

11-12 November 2014

Stockholm Business School, Stockholm University, Sweden.

The workshop is aimed at bringing together scholars who are interested in making a difference in public sector accounting and performance measurement research, by significantly influencing the future developments of this field.
Since the practical boundaries between such areas are becoming increasingly blurred, it is reasonable that after the first Workshop in Milan in November 2013 our research community goes on to discuss the hybrid characteristics of our disciplines, methods, research objects and identities. The workshop will consist of different interactive sessions during which groups will discuss the following topics:

1. Hybrid Theories: Public sector accounting and performance measurement are becoming increasingly dependent upon hybrid theoretical perspectives. For example, public performance can be discussed with regards to who is performing, where it is performed, for whom it is performed, how it is captured by measures and accounted for, and how the performer should be held to account, just to mention a few perspectives. How can we make use of these different theoretical perspectives coming from different academic disciplines (Accounting, Finance, Economics, Political Science, etc.)?

2. Hybrid Methods: Yet the production of knowledge is strongly affected by methodological choices. How do we use data, and how does data collection and analysis affect theorization?

3. Hybrid Entities and Identities: The emergence of new organizational forms, such as networks, hybrid organizations and public private partnerships poses challenges for management, performance measurement and financial accounting alike. At the same time, the academic identity of academics in the field of public accounting and performance measurement is changing in a fast and dramatic way. How is it possible to conciliate and sustain the different roles as scholar, teacher, leader, consultant, etc. when both our research objects and roles are becoming increasingly complex?

Workshop format
This is a workshop where everyone is expected to contribute in a constructive way. Therefore there will be no paper, and traditional presentations but, rather, open, interactive and round table type of discussions which will:
- Focus on a pre-identified theoretical framework and research questions provided by the moderator(s) of each group

- Be based on the participants that will discuss about academics from different disciplines, methodologies and sector expertise

- Be constructed and constructive

Depending on the number and expertise of the participants, there may be more than one interactive session based on a set of research questions.
The workshop will represent an opportunity for building together one or more special issues centered on the hybridity topic, to be published in 2016.
Local organizing committee
Roland Almqvist, Paolo Ferri, Matti Skoog , Niklas Wällstedt.
Scientific committee
Roland Almqvist, Eugenio Anessi Pessina, Enrico Bracci, Adina Dudau, Paolo Ferri, Matti Skoog , Niklas Wällstedt, Giuseppe Grossi, Maria Francesca Sicilia, IIeana Steccolini, Jarmo Vakkuri, Jan-Erik Johanson.
The workshop will take place from 1.00 p.m of November 11th to 2.00 p.m of November 12th. Attendance to the workshop, light lunches and coffee breaks are free of charge. However, participants will need to register by September 15th and define their preference in one of the interactive sessions-hybrid theories, hybrid methods, hybrid identities – to secure their place at the workshop. Please follow this link for registering:

Further information and contact
Paolo Ferri,
Niklas Wällstedt,

We recommend as accommodations Best western time ( and Elite Arcadia (

How to reach Stockholm Business School
General information
The workshop will be held at Campus Kräftriket, about one kilometer south of Stockholm University main Campus. The location can be found on google maps, following the link below. At Campus Kräftriket, the venue will be in House 3.,18.0541564,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x465f9d0dcddd957b:0x1ef80f1e4bf843dd

From Arlanda Airport
By taxi it takes about 40 minutes and it costs approximately 500 SEK (€ 60).
You can also go by Arlanda Express train to Stockholm Central Station. There you can take the subway to Odenplan, and then busses 40 towards Stora Lappkärsberget, or bus 70 towards Universitetet. Get of the busses at bus stop Albano. Campus Kräftriket is then across the road.
From Stockholm Central Station
By taxi it takes about 20 minutes and it costs approximately 250SEK (€ 30).
Public transport: From the Central Station you can take the subway to Odenplan, and then bus 40 towards Stora Lappkärsberget, or bus 70 towards Universitetet. Get of the busses at bus stop Albano. Campus Kräftriket is then across the road.

There is no problem finding a taxi at Arlanda Airport, Stockholm Central Station or in the city. At Campus Kräftriket, however, you may have to pre-order a taxi in order to get one. Please ask the organizers for help.

Public buses, trams and subway (tunnelbana)
You can get almost anywhere in Stockholm by public transport. The ticket system is somewhat tricky, however. Either you buy a ticket for a single trip, a cost between 36 SEK (€ 4) and 72 SEK (€ 8), depending on the length of the trip. The other option is to buy a 24 hour pass (or 72 hours if you want to stay longer) for 115 (€ 14) (230 SEK (€ 28) for the 72 hour pass), which will give you unlimited access to all public transports for 24 (72) hours. All tickets and passes have to be bought in a SL Access ticket vending machine at subway stations (not available at bus stops).

Data: Jails in Indian Country

Jails in Indian Country, 2013 is available at
Presents findings from the 2013 Survey of Jails in Indian Country, an enumeration of 79 jails, confinement facilities, detention centers, and other correctional facilities operated by tribal authorities or the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

CFA: German-French Master of European Governance and Administration (MEGA)

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Call for applications : German-French Master of European Governance and Administration (MEGA) 2015-2016 – Deadline for applications: September 30, 2014

The MEGA program has been initiated by the French and German Governments and offers postgraduate studies at leading institutions of higher education in both countries.The two-years and part-time executive program has been designed for future public and private sector leaders. Their professional experience and interests will be reflected and advanced during four two-week on-site modules in Paris, Potsdam, Strasbourg and Berlin, a nine-month internship and a project and master thesis module.

Please find more information on the curriculum structure of MEGA 2015-2016 and on the application process on

We are accepting applications until September 30, 2014.

A MEGA 8 information event will take place on August 27, 2014 at the premises of the Bundesministerium des Innern, Bonn.
Further information and the registration sheet can be found on our website.

Please do not hesitate to contact for further information:
MEGA-Konsortialbüro at the University of Potsdam /
Gesellschaft für Wissens- und Technologietransfer mbH
Ms. Marie Augère
PCPM Executive Education bei der UP Transfer GmbH
Universität Potsdam
Campus Griebnitzsee
August-Bebel-Straße 89
Haus 7, 2. Etage, Raum 225
14482 Potsdam

Telefon: 0049 / (0)331 977 4527
Fax: 0049 / (0)331 977 4617

MEGA is a cooperative project of the German Bundesministerium des Innern/Bundesakademie für öffentliche Verwaltung, the École Nationale d’Administration, the University of Potsdam, the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Deutsche Universität für Verwaltungswissenschaften Speyer.