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  • Call for Papers for the 2021 Annual Conference of the Asian Association for Public Administration (AAPA)

    Call for PapersThe 2021 Annual Conference of theAsian Association for Public Administration (AAPA)In collaboration with the Institute of Public Administration and Civil Service (IPACS) of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) and the ASEAN Centre of the MGIMO University (MFA RF) on 7-8 October 2021, RANEPA, Moscow, Russian FederationMain Conference Theme: The Future of Public Administration in PostCOVID-19 Period: Addressing Unprecedented Challenges and Seizing New OpportunitiesThe COVID-19 pandemic has plunged the whole world into a socio-economic and financial crisis of an unprecedented scale. The policy decisions taken now will shapethe fate of millions and define the future of nations. Strong public institutions,effective decision-making and innovative solutions are critical for building and maintaining the capacity of national governments to combat the COVID-19 pandemic,mitigate its implications and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).The conference focuses on the issues of crisis management, best practices on how to transform governance and develop capacities of public institutions andregional/local administrations to address pandemic related challenges.Academicians, experts and practitioners are welcome to present and debate accumulated experience, emerging issues, trends and challenges, as well as good practices, strategies and innovative approaches that have proven their efficacysince the start of pandemic. The organizers of the conference inspire the participants to develop and reflect solutions and pathways to achieving the SDGs under new circumstances.The authors of conference submissions are invited to focus on one of the followingsub-themes.Conference Sub-ThemesThe role of state in crisis managementDrivers and enablers of government effective performance in critical situationsCrisis leadership and emergency management: proven policy responses and innovative approachesAddressing COVID-19 related threats at national, regional and municipal levels: strategies, lessons and best practicesOverstrained public healthcare systems during pandemic:prospective recipes for effective maintenance and performanceInternational and regional cooperation in coping with the crisisProvision of public services in times of crisisRethinking and reinforcing public service delivery in crisisHow have public services adapted to the new situation: practical casesMulti-stakeholder cooperation in the delivery of servicesBest practice cases of innovative modes of urban service deliveryLocal administration and municipal governance in the times of emergencyEngaging citizens in crisis management at local levelStrengthening interface between central government, regional and municipal authorities in tackling the crisisAdopting urban infrastructure to emergency measuresInnovative approaches in addressing emergency issues Sustainable urban governance: challenges and solutions Digital state and E-government as innovative emergency instrumentsThe impact of e-Government on enhancing public sector performancePotential of digital technologies to address new and long-standingchallengesDigitalization and artificial intelligence in facilitating COVID-19 crisisrelated solutionsStrengthening science and technology in addressing inequalities in theCOVID-19 periodPublic management and civil service systems in Asia in comparative perspectiveCivil service and HR management in the times of uncertainty and scarcityPublic sector reform: new trends and prioritiesRetaining professionals and building leadership at different levels of government in the periods of uncertainty and tension Fast learning programmes and high quality professional development: isthere a contradiction?State and society in times of crisisTransparency, dialogue and interface with citizens in mitigating effects of the crisisSupport to vulnerable groups and recovery measures to businessesAccountability of authorities and trust in government: innovative “knowhow”Crisis perception by key stakeholders and the role of mass mediaTransforming governance for realizing the SDGsPandemic responses of respective countries from the perspective of Sustainable Development GoalsPublic policy innovations towards sustainable developmentSustainable governance amidst COVID-19 pandemic: best practice casesThe 2021 AAPA Annual Conference will be jointly hosted by the AsianAssociation for Public Administration (AAPA) and the Institute of Public Administration and Civil Service (IPACS) of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) in collaboration with theASEAN Centre of the MGIMO University. Depending on the epidemiological situation in the country the conference may be held either in fully online mode or in hybrid format (the on-site presence of alimited number of participants and the rest in distant mode). The programme of the conference will include a special panel formed by the pastand present AAPA Presidents.We encourage the submission of panel proposals on other topics related to the main conference theme.All panel proposals should be sent as an emailattachment toaapa2021@ranepa.msk.ruby April 15, 2021. A panel will consist of 4-5 presenters, each speaking for approximately 15 minutes, with 10 minutes left for discussion. Panel proposals should include: (1) session title, the chair, his/her institutional affiliation, and the address; (2) panelists and panel abstract including references.We invite submission of abstracts and papers that reflect on the above issues from academics and practitioners.Please find below information about submission of conference papers.SUBMISSION GUIDANCEAbstracts(no more than 500 words in English) for paper presentations should be sent as an email attachment toaapa2021@ranepa.msk.runo later thanMay 16,2021. All abstracts should include: (1) author(s) name, title, institutional affiliation, and address; (2) contacting information (email and phone); (3) paper title and itssub-theme; and (4) abstract including references. Proposed papers should feature high-quality theoretical, qualitative, or quantitative research. Empirical paper proposals will be evaluated based on the significanceand quality of the research question, design, methods, data, and implications. Theoretical paper proposals will be evaluated based on the extent to which theproposal provides insight into a compelling public management subject, identifies foundational assumptions and key concepts, and results in meaningful critiques ofaccepted theory, asserts guiding propositions or testable hypotheses, or develops helpful conceptual frameworks and research agendas.After blind review process, letters of acceptance will be sent to authors. Full papers should be sent as an email attachment toaapa2021@ranepa.msk.runo later than September 15, 2021.The conference scientific committee will review all submitted papers. The AAPA President will presentAkira Nakamura AwardandAnthony Cheung Awardto the presenters who deliver the paper of the highest quality. Akira Nakamura Award will be granted to graduate students, researchersand scholars and Anthony Cheung Award to practitioners and public officials. Tobe considered for awards, the author(s) must submit the full paper to the conference organizer by the due date and complete the registration form.The best papers presented at the conference can be eligible for publication in one of the following international peer review journals:Public Organization Review (POR,, International Public Management Review (IPMR, and Urban Governance (UG, An agreement has been reached with thePublic Organization ReviewandUrban Governancejournals that they will prepare special issues to accommodate selectedpapers from the AAPA 2021 Conference.IMPORTANT DATESSubmission of Panel Proposals:April 15, 2021Abstract Submission Deadline:May 16, 2021Notification of acceptance/rejection to authors:June 05, 2021Final Paper Submission Deadline:September 15, 2021Conference Date:October 7-8, 2021You are kindly invited to help distribute this message to interested persons, institutions, agencies and networks. NB. The conference e-mail address has been tested for its functionality. However, in view of a wide geographic coverage by the conference participants and in order to reduce the risk of possible technical failures a reserve address –aapaconf2021@gmail.comhas been set up and is regularly checked for incomingcorrespondence.

  • The 2020 Annual Conference of the Asian Association for Public Administration Successfully Held

    On September 24th and 25th, the Annual Conference of the Asian Association for Public Administration (AAPA) 2020 online annual conference was successfully held. Hundreds of representatives from 17 different countries and regions, including South Korea, the United States, Philippines, India, Thailand, and Australia, exchanged their views on the theme of Towards Sustainable Asian Urban Governance: Emerging Theories and Innovative Practices. This annual conference was co-sponsored by the Asian Association for Public Administration, China Institute for Urban Governance of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the School of International and Public Affairs of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and the China-America Association for Public Affairs.On the morning of the 24th, the Asian Association for Public Administration (AAPA) held a general election for the chairman.Professor Wu Jiannan, the Director of the Department of Liberal Arts Construction of Shanghai Jiaotong University, Distinguished Professor of the School of International and Public Affairs, and Executive Vice President of the China Institute of Urban Governance, was elected as the sixth chairman of the association.While on the evening of the 24th, Zhu Xufeng, not only a professor and Associate Dean from the School of Public Policy and Management of Tsinghua University, but also an adjunct professor of School of International and Public Affairs of Shanghai Jiaotong University, chaired the AAPA Editors’ Forum. Yingling Fan, Jeremy Hall, Cathy Yang Liu, Jose A. Puppim de Oliveira and other four editors introduced internationally renowned journals in the field of public administration and urban areas. During the forum, they also patiently answered questions from participants.On the next day morning, The 2020 Annual Conference of the AAPA was held in the form of online conference .The opening ceremony was presided by Professor Wu Jiannan. Followed by that, Zhou Cheng, the Deputy Secretary of Party Committee from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, attended the conference and delivered a speech. Mr. Zhou Cheng pointed out that the theme of this conference had a broad vision and a high level of thinking. It included both historical depth and deep practical care. This conference took Asian urban governance as an entry point, promoted interdisciplinary and cross-country dialogue, and enriched urban governance practices in China and other Asian countries. The theme of the conference focused on the future of urban development and could provide a grand vision for exploring urban governance issues. Top experts and scholars in the field of global public administration, especially urban governance were gathered together in this conference. He believes that the convening of the conference would provide global scholars' some insights and wisdom on the future of urban governance. Professor Alex B. Brillantes, Jr., the fifth chairman of the AAPA, Professor Guo Hai, the chairman of the China-America Association for Public Affairs, and Professor Allan Rosenbaum, the president-elect of the American Society of Public Administration, also attended the opening ceremony and delivered their speeches.Eight well-known public administration scholars and experts from all over the world delivered informative keynote speeches on the opening ceremony. The keynote speech was divided into two stages. The first stage was chaired by Professor Heungsuk Choi from Korea University. Professor Anthony Cheung of the Education University of Hong Kong, Professor Lan Xue of Tsinghua University, Professor Allan Rosenbaum of Florida International University, and Professor Wu Jiannan of Shanghai Jiao Tong University respectively focused on four topics: the challenges and dilemmas of urban governance, the experience and lessons of crisis management in China's response to the COVID-19 epidemic, the ways to make the sustainable development goals and urban governance efficiency in reality, and lastly the introduction of digital urban governance by using the practice of Shanghai Yi Wang Tong Ban.The second phase of the keynote speech was chaired by Professor Agus Pramusinto from Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia. Professor Richard Walker from the City University of Hong Kong, Professor Yang Kaifeng from Renmin University of China, Professor Eko Prasojo from the University of Indonesia, and Professor Alex B. Brillantes from the University of the Philippines respectively discussed the topics below: Integrating Findings on Citizen Satisfaction: Lessons for Practice from the Expectancy Disconfirmation Model, Toward Sustainable Governance: A Diamond Model , Mainstreaming SDG’S and Strengthening Public Sector Reform: Lesson Learned from Indonesia, and the topic of “Indeed For Whom is Public Administration?”.15 sub-forums set up in the conference. Participants at the conference exchanged and discussed issues related to current challenges and future development of public administration and urban governance. Discussion topics mainly included governance and public administration issues amidst COVID-19 pandemic, cross-sectoral collaboration to address urban governance, and the new theoretical development on sustainable urban governance. Although these sub-forums spotlighted on various broader issues, but various methods and approaches of public administration and urban governance were explored through minor issues.The closing ceremony of the conference was presided over by Jiang Wenning, the Secretary of the Party Committee of the School of International and Public Affairs of Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Secretary of the Party Branch of the China Institute for Urban Governance. Akira Nakamura Awarding for Best Paper was held at the closing ceremony. A total of four papers have won this award. Zhang Pan from the School of International and Public Affairs of Shanghai Jiaotong University and Wang Huan of Renmin University of China are on the list of awards. Later on, Professor Guo Hai and Professor Wu Jiannan delivered closing speeches respectively. On behalf of AAPA, Professor Wu Jiannan expressed his sincere gratitude to all the participants, he also mentioned that AAPA will make the improvement of academic level of Asian Public Administration as its mission. Moreover, in order to establish and strengthen connections with other academic institutions and public administration practitioners, AAPA will work harder to provide a wider platform for public administration scholars in Asian countries to communicate and exchange ideas. Finally, the next representative of the organizers for the AAPA Annual Conference, Professor Alexander Kochegura of the Institute of Public Administration and Civil Service of Russia introduced and welcomed The 2021 Asian Public Administration Annual Conference.

  • Extending Call for Papers for the 2020 Annual Virtual Conference of the AAPA

    Faced with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Asian Association for Public Administration has decided to hold the 2020 AAPA Annual Conference as avirtual conference on September 25, 2020.This decision was made after consultation with our co-hosts, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The most important thing for AAPA is the health and safety of our members and participants, and a large off-line gathering would have been logistically difficult to carry on without endangering the wellbeing of our participants.In addition, we extendedthe due date of abstracts and panel proposal submission to August 5, 2020.And also include anadditional theme titled, Governance and Public Administration Issues Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic.Finally, there will beno registration feesfor the 2020 AAPA Annual Virtual Conference.We thank you for your understanding.Best regards,AAPA secretariat

  • Postponement of the 2020 AAPA Annual Conference

    Dear AAPA Members and Friends,Due to the developing COVID-19 situation and in compliance with decisions taken by the authorities, AAPA has decided, with much regret, to postpone the 2020 AAPA Annual Conference that was to be held from May 28 to 29 in Shanghai, China, to theend of September, 2020.This was not an easy decision to make but public health is our primary concern and we rather take every precautionary measure to limit any risk to participants, staff and those with whom they come into contact.We recognize and are grateful for all the energy and time all of you invested in sending your abstracts and also that of our local organizing committee which worked hard.We will continue to monitor the evolution of COVID-19 and notify you with rescheduled datesdependingon the situation by early July.We apologize for any inconvenience this decision has caused and we thank you for your understanding.Best regards,AAPA Secretariat

  • Call for Papers for the 2020 Annual Conference of the Asian Association for Public Administration (AAPA)

    The Call for Papers for the 2020 Annual Conference oftheAsian Association for Public Administration (AAPA)Today, with an urbanization rate of 50% in Asia,more and more people will be living in urban areas. The rapid urbanization has led to many problems: poverty, income disparity, energy consumption, traffic congestion, and environmental pollution and so forth. The concept of sustainable development plays an essential role in addressing these challenges by offering a conceptual framework of promoting prosperity and justice to achieve a more sustainable future. Urban governance is critical for achieving sustainable development goals. It is of great theoretical and practical significance to explore how sustainable development can be promoted. This conference also focuses on the good and best practices of urban governance across cities as well as counties, which may be applicable to other regions. We need to learn from each other by exchanging ideas, sharing best practices, and exploring new theories around the world. Thethemeof this year’s conference is:“Towards Sustainable Urban Governance in Asia: New Theory and Innovative Practice”We are interested in soliciting proposals focusing on comparative studies to facilitate interdisciplinary and cross-country dialogue and enrich practice on urban governance in China and other Asian countries. We invite scholars, researchers, policymakers, professionals, and other stakeholders to share their research and best practice on sustainable urban governance and yield practical solutions to challenges facing Asian urban areas.The submitted papers are suggested to focus on one of the following sub-themes:lNew theoretical development on sustainable urban governancelComparative studies on mega-city governance modelslApplication of sustainable concept to urban governancelThe use ofnewtechnologies to reshapeurban governancelInter-jurisdictional and regional collaborationlInnovative modes of urban service deliverylCross-sectoral collaboration to address urban challengeslFinancial suitability in urban governmentslGoverning inclusive and equitable citieslPublic policy innovations towards sustainable developmentlAligning urban governance interventions and innovations to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)The 2020 AAPA Annual Conference will be jointly hosted by the Asian Association for Public Administration (AAPA) and China Institute for Urban Governance, School of International and Public Affairs, Shanghai Jiao Tong University in collaboration with The China-AmericaAssociation for Public Affairs (CAAPA).The Conference will be held at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Xuhui Campus, Shanghai, China from May 28th to 29th, 2020.

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