Category: Call for Papers
Subject: CFP for ICPP4: Traditions of Public Administration Research: Should they be Celebrated?"
Call for Papers: Traditions of Public Administration Research
The International Conference on Public Policy, to be held in Montreal next June, will feature a panel titled: "Traditions of Public Administration Research: Should they be Celebrated?". The CFP for this panel is below. Information on how to submit a paper proposal is here: https://bit.ly/2zQXCUS
CFP for ICPP4: Traditions of Public Administration Research: Should they be Celebrated?
In his 2014 Braibant lecture (Pollitt, 2015) Christopher Pollitt noted the existence of a multiplicity of "administrative traditions" -- that is, distinct ways of thinking about the domain of public administration and engaging in practice within it. Some of these administrative traditions are very old, and some new. Some dominate the "mainstream" journals while some are neglected. Pollitt made the case for a conversation among administrative traditions, which he believed to be challenging but also potentially rewarding.
This panel will take up Pollitt's invitation to have a conversation about administrative traditions. We invite papers that address any of these four questions:
1. Whether such traditions exist, and the ways in which traditions differ -- such as conceptualizations of the field and its goals and problems, the range of questions posed in research, and methods applied.
2. Whether these traditions are likely to persist, or whether they are fading as a result of the "globalization" of the scholarly enterprise -- that is, the homogenizing effects of globalized publishing, conferences, and academic hiring.
3. Whether the fading of traditions, if it is evident, should be regarded as a cause for concern. To put it any other way, should we be pluralists, celebrating diversity in approaches, or should we encourage global convergence?
4. And if we aim to be pluralists, how should we advance the conversation proposed by Pollitt in 2014? For example, do our journals and conferences adequately represent major administrative traditions? How should we change these institutions to assure fair representation and encourage dialogue?