AAPA Study Group on Social Policy and Management in an Aging Society
Ageing has a significant impact on society around the world. Particularly, population ageing is a phenomenon that occurs when the median age of a country rises due to rising life expectancy and/or declining fertility rates. The UN predicts the rate of population ageing in the 21st century will exceed that of the previous century. Thus, it is fair to say that aging is a severe challenge, but the existence of crisis is often accompanied by hope.
Population ageing arises from demographic effects such as increasing longevity and declining fertility. Asia and Europe are the two regions where a significant number of countries face population ageing in the near future. If it is appropriate and effective for public policy and governance strategy to encourage the elderly to participate in economic, social, political, cultural, spiritual and public affairs as well as volunteer service, they will become the valuable wealth of social harmony and an invaluable source of economic growth, thus realizing the coordinated development between an aging population and social economy, and achieving sustainable development in the aging society. Some relevant initiatives have been advocated by the United Nations (UN) on the First and the Second World Assembly on Aging and other important documents, such as Active Aging - Policy Framework, from the World Health Organization (WHO).
This study group plans to have an international workshop on social policy and management issues in an aging society. A coordinator of this study group is Dr. Yifan Yang who is a Deputy Director of the National Interdisciplinary Institute on Aging at Southwest Jiaotong University in Chengdu, China and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AAPA Study Group on Social Policy and Management in an Aging Society plans to have the first workshop of Collaborative Governance on Aging: International and Comparative Study in the National Interdisciplinary Institute on Aging (NIIA) at Southwest Jiaotong University (SWJTU) with support from the Asian Association of Public Administration (AAPA). The National Interdisciplinary Institute on Aging (NIIA), founded on May 15, 2015, is the first national research base for the study of aging, jointly established by the National Committee on Aging in Southwest Jiaotong University (SWJTU). The workshop is scheduled to be held during 19th-23rd June 2016 in Chengdu, which is affiliated with the IIAS-IASIA 2016 Joint Congress. A more detailed workshop schedule will be notified soon. The deadline for paper collection is May 30th, 2016. Interested researchers and experts are encouraged to join the workshop.
In addition to the invitation of renowned international scholars and nationally recognized experts from the China Center for Comparative Politics and Economics (CCCPE) of the Central Compilation and Translation Bureau and the Representative Office in China of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to make keynote speeches, there will be participants attending the workshop by presenting papers, which emphasis collaborative governance by employing comparative study, focusing on the theory and practice of public policy in an aging society, discussing how to build the sustainable system about social service with fair tolerance and high quality in order to improve the extent and quality for the elderly to fully participate in social development, facilitate the active and orderly development of social organizations and promote the realization of governance innovation in aging society.
Main Theme and Sub-Themes
This workshop’s main theme is Collaborative Governance on Aging. Its sub-themes include: (1) a comparative study on social participation in an aging society; (2) a comparative study on political participation in an aging society; (3) the urban social service system and the elders’ participation in social development; (4) international organizations and international discourse system & governance innovation in an aging society; (5) social organization and governance innovation in an aging society; and (6) experience and case studies at home and abroad on governance innovation in aging.
Meals and convention expenses of the authors for their selected papers will be covered by the organizer, but participants should shoulder the responsibility for hotel, transportation, and registration fee. Submissions for this workshop (both in Chinese and English are available, and all submissions must be original and unpublished.) must be sent to the contact person Dr. Yifan Yang, Deputy Director of National Interdisciplinary Institute on Aging, by e-mail at email@example.com before May 30th, 2016. Depending on the circumstances, the organizer may recommend an excellent paper from this workshop for the anonymous review process of the Asian Review of Public Administration (ARPA) and the Journal of Southwest Jiaotong University (Social Science Edition).