A first cluster of call-for-papers deals with good governance, and various aspects thereof. They all share a common objective which is to improve governance on some absolute scale.
Aggeliki Bourbouli and Vasiliki Makri, from the National Centre for Public Administration and Local Government in Greece (EKDDA), focus on how strategic management and leadership in public organizations can contribute to the realization of their mission. They call for papers i.e.: distinguishing different leadership styles, and emphasizing their impact on strategic management, and ultimately on the effectiveness of governance.
Pertti Ahonen’s (University of Helsinki, Finland) research interest lies in the governance of government ownership in joint-stock companies. The Chair observes that many principles of good governance thereof exist at various government levels, with significantly differing levels of compliance herewith. He also distinguishes several motives for governments to own joint-stock companies. He calls for papers providing fresh empirical evidence on this research topic from all regions of the world, analysed through sound theories and methodologies.
Ishaq Mohamed Ameen Al-Kooheji and his colleagues from the Bahrain Institute of Public Administration aim to improve governance by calling for papers examining innovative (best) practices and experiences in the public sector. By emphasizing concepts such as coproduction, crowd-sourcing, technology and innovation labs, they indicate a range of possible avenues for improving governance of the public sector.
Jean-Patrick Villeneuve (Univsersità della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland) and his peers address one structural impediment to good governance, namely: corruption. They observe consistent failure of corruption-fighting policies, which is attributed to a decoupling between their formal adoption and actual enforcement. The Chairs are calling for papers evaluating anti-corruption policies, as well as conceptual and empirical papers. They hereby pursue the intellectual effort initiated during the 2018 IIAS Congress.
Siria Taurelli and J. Manuel Galvin Arribas sign the call of the European Training Foundation (ETF) – an IIAS partner whose mission is to support the improvement of Vocational Education and Training (VET) in the EU neighbourhood countries. They focus on the governance of VET, and four specific aspects thereof: multi-level governance, public-private partnerships, decentralization, and governance of training institutions themselves.
Andrew Podger is Honorary Professor at the Australian National University). He proposes to revisit the political-administration dichotomy in the contemporary period, characterized by a relatively stronger political pole. The Chair calls for papers discussing this statement and examining its consequences, seen from the administrative side of the dichotomy: how does public administration react to increasingly intrusive politics? He also welcomes panellists in a high-level forum on good governance.
Owen Podger from the University of Canberra in Australia and Kristoffer Berse call for papers and panels on the theme of disaster recovery, understood in its broad sense, encompassing i.e. risk reduction and aiming at holistic recovery. The goal is to help governments and agencies to develop better policies. Case studies or policy recommendations are especially invited.
Leo Huberts and his peers from the IIAS Study Group on the Quality of Governance continue their research program during the IIAS-Lien 2019 Conference. They ask the following research question: What is quality of governance and how can quality (and integrity) be advanced in multi-faceted national and international governance processes and structures? And they welcome paper proposal providing an answer to it.
George Labaki focuses on transparency and access to information. He calls for papers evaluating the legal schemes thereof for an effective, accountable and inclusive governance.