The Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governance at Tallinn University of Technology and the journal Halduskultuur – Administrative Culture are hosting a small but high-level research conference on the Impact of the Fiscal Crisis on Public Administration on 3-4 May 2013 in Tallinn, Estonia. We are inviting papers which deal with the empirical issues related to the crisis, with a special focus on governmental decision-making and the respective impact of the crisis on public administration.
After the outburst of the current economic crisis, governments all over the world have been challenged to react to and cope with the sharp economic downturn and related social effects. How governments, politics and administrations have responded and are responding to the global crisis and what impact the crisis has on public administration and governance is and will continue to be a challenging issue for years to come. The aim of the conference is to discuss the governmental decision-making process during the crisis as well as the shifts in governance and public administration which the crisis brought about. In more detail, the aim is to discuss whether the fiscal crisis has led to fundamental (systemic) changes or small and incremental shifts in existing public administration patterns. Has the crisis brought about a shift towards more centralized or decentralized modes of governance? Have there been attempts to strengthen strategic planning, performance management and performance budgeting in order to cope with crisis effects? Are governments interested in making more extensive use of contracting out? Has the crisis affected autonomy and control of public sector organizations? Have there been changes in modes of coordination? How has the crisis affected human resource management? By addressing these questions, the conference will be linked to the EU 7 Framework Programme project COCOPS (see more www.cocops.eu). Contributions are expected from researchers both within and beyond the COCOPS project.
The keynote lecture will be delivered by Professor Edoardo Ongaro from Northumbria University, Great Britain.
Abstract proposals, no longer than 1,000 words, should be sent to Professor Tiina Randma-Liiv at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline is 31 January 2013. Full papers will be expected by 10 April 2013.
The papers presented will pass fast-track peer-review for the special issue of the journal Halduskultuur – Administrative Culture. The Journal is a fully peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal of administrative studies. Halduskultuur – Administrative Culture is abstracted, e.g., in Worldwide Political Science Abstracts, Scopus, Sociological Abstracts, Social Services Abstracts, PA@BABEL (Public Administration's dataBase for Accessing academic puBlications in European Languages) and EBSCO Public Administration Abstracts. See more www.halduskultuur.eu.
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