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A decade ago the first International Conference on Public Administration (ICPA) was launched in Chengdu, China. It was an initiative that sought to foster the intellectual and practical engagement of public administration professionals worldwide. This year, the ICPA will celebrate its 10th year with a focus on ‘New Advances and Challenges in Public Administration.” ICPA has been a venue for bringing together scholars and professionals from around the world to exchange knowledge and share ideas.
The conference is co-sponsored by ASPA, the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC) and the Chinese Public Administration Society. Organizers are currently accepting proposals for the 2014 conference scheduled for October 24-26 at UESTC. This year’s sub-themes venture into emerging areas and new areas of scholarship and practice in public administration. Proposals are being accepted until March 15.
The sub-themes are:
Big Data – this theme seeks to examine the growth of social media and the rise of analytics to cover hidden patterns, correlations and information management for use in government operations.
Privacy and Surveillance – organizers welcome papers that explore new technologies, like drones, surveillance programs and the delivery of products to homes and services. What is the impact of the growing surveillance industry, including issues around individual privacy, administrative and governance as well as transparency.
Good Governance – What constitutes good governance? The answer to this question is wide-ranging and often controversial. Is good governance about ensuring social stability? Papers that compare and contrast the efforts across the globe or within a single nation to foster good governance are welcomed.
Networking and Partnerships – Public organizations are collaborating with NGOs, private firms, and government agencies within and across national borders. Papers in this area should focus on what these agencies look like, their partners, agents, and so on to explore the emerging features of collaborative organization/management.
Human Resource Management – submissions on this theme should consider new developments and advancement in human resources management.
The Future – Public administration is an ever-changing field and profession. Papers in this category should address the changing nature of the field and the challenges ahead for aspiring professional administrators in developed and developing countries.
Proposals are being accepted until March 15. To learn more about ICPA and the submission process, visit the conference website at www.icpa-uestc.cn.