Area Studies and Public Governance

Area Studies

The fourth cluster of call-for-papers is characterized a specific geographical focus which is adopted, and a will to initiate learning processes with other countries or regions through dialogue.

Koh Keng We & Liu Hong (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore) focus on Singapore’s Bicentennial in 2019. Dominant historical narratives frame Singapore as a former colonial entrepot which evolved towards a nation-state with one of the most dynamic economies in the world. The Chairs welcome contributions falsifying this narrative and questioning its policy implications in terms of heritage management and marketing. Full panel contributions are especially welcome.

Liu Hong and his peers from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore examine a particular kind of capacity-building strategy, namely: South-South knowledge transfer paralleling economic development. Paper and panel proposals are called for, examining, i.e.: the drivers of South-South knowledge transfer, cases and best practices thereof, evaluative contributions, and innovative theoretical approaches of this emerging topic.

In their Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) track, Liu Hong and Guanie Lim (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore) focus on the more assertive stance adopted by China in global affairs. They ask whether it undermines the current global order and wonder about the development outcomes of Chinese strategies in the infrastructure (BRI), financial (New Development Bank), trade and other sectors.

In their track short-titled “Public Administration Theory in Different Worlds”, Chung-An Chen (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore) and Bangcheng Liu (Shanghai Jiaotong University, China) wonder how civil servants trained abroad do apply the skills they learned back home: do they copy-paste, do they adjust to local context, or does that latter one fully prevail? They call for research outputs which are context-based, comparative, and/or large-sample/cross-country.

Ukertor Gabriel Moti (AAPAM & University of Abuja, Nigeria) and Steve Troupin (IIAS & KULeuven, Belgium) chair the AAPAM-IIAS Taskforce for Public Administration Research Capacities in Africa, whose aim is to further develop scientific literature on African governance systems. The Chairs add explanatory and evaluative objectives to the descriptive ones that were pursued during the 2018 IIAS Congress and are kept on the agenda. They therefore call for papers examining how to get good governance systems in Africa?

Koichiro Agata (Waseda University, Japan) chairs the sessions of the Japan Study Group of IIAS, which meets for the third time on row to discuss contemporary governance challenges and solutions in Japan. This year, the focus lies on three specific themes, where the contributions should fit: personnel administration, administrative organization and administrative analysis.