Abstract Deadline: December 01, 2010
Notification of accepted proposals: January 15, 2011
Draft Paper Deadline: April 1, 2011
Workshop Date and Venue: April 27-29, 2011 - Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
Many studies show that the levels of both corruption and trust have implications for economic growth, the functioning of democratic institutions, life satisfaction and a host of other important aspects of politics and economics. Corruption and trust affect the size, activities and effectiveness of the public sector and the very existence of a welfare state. The purpose of this special issue is to shed light on these relationships. We welcome comparative papers addressing questions such as: How is the public sector influenced by levels of corruption and trust? Which policies provide efficient solutions to problems of corruption and/or distrust? Which institutional and policy innovations may provide effective means to reduce corruption and/or distrust? How can implementation issues be overcome? How is the public sector linked to corruption and trust in societies? We are overall interested in contributions analyzing and comparing policies in countries with different governance systems, public sector characteristics and involving a variety of levels of corruption and trust.
The criteria for selection are quality and fit to the subject matter, as well as a clear comparative analytic orientation following the Aims and Scope of the JCPA as stated below Thus, papers need not necessarily be comparisons among countries, but they must explicitly lend themselves to lesson-drawing, inference or generalization across sectors and jurisdictions. Once abstracts are accepted by the Special Issue Guest Editors, the papers will be recommended for inclusion and presentation in the proceedings of the 8th International Comparative Policy Analysis-Forum Annual Workshop, hosted by Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, April 27-29, 2011. Following discussions and input at the Workshop, final papers will be externally blindfold refereed according to the JCPA’s standard procedures and the papers will be included in a Double Special Issue on the topic.
Articles must be in line with the explicit criteria set by Aims and Scope of the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, giving priority to comparative studies that:
- Contribute to comparative theory development;
- Present theory-based empirical research
- Offer comparative evaluations of research methods
- Derive the practice implications of theory-based research'
- Use conceptual heuristics to interpret practice
- Draw lessons based on circumstances in which compared policy related issues have in common certain manipulable policy, program or institutional variables.
An abstract of no more than 500 words, must be submitted to the (appropriate) Special Issue Guest Editors by November 15th 2010. An answer will be provided by December 15th 2010. If accepted following blindfold review, the article drafts should be approximately 7,500 words and their format must follow the JCPA guidelines. Final paper versions will be submitted to the (appropriate) Special Issue Guest Editors (as above) by April 1st 2011.
Special Issue Guest Editors:
Søren Serritzlew and Gert Tinggaard Svendsen (Nordic Countries/EU; Developing Nations)
Department of Political Science, Aarhus University, Denmark
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Scott Fritzen and Chilik Yu (Asia & Americas)Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
Department of Public Policy and Management, Shih Hsin University, Taipei
Designing Disaster Resilience: Comparative Perspectives
Abstract deadline: January 10th, 2010
Notification of accepted proposals: February 1st, 2010
Draft paper deadline: April 1st, 2010
Workshop Date and Accepted Paper Presentation: April 22-24, 2010
Special Issue Guest Editor: Louise K. Comfort, Director, Center for Disaster Management and Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh
Workshop Date and Venue: April 22-24, 2010, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh
The global problem of increasing occurrence and escalating costs of major disasters in regions exposed to risk ripples across jurisdictional boundaries, causing economic, social, and political consequences that disrupt communities and dislocate populations and livelihoods. The challenge is to enable communities to assess their risks more accurately, review their existing public practices and capacity for risk reduction, and redesign their policies for timely investment of resources and effective action. Reducing the risk of losses in lives, property and disruption from extreme events is a global problem. Researchers and policy makers in nations exposed to recurring risk can learn from the events they have experienced and share insights with the wider professional and policy community. Recent events such as the Gulf Coast Hurricanes of 2005 and 2008 in the U.S., the Wenchuan Earthquake, 12 May 2008 in China, the West Sumatra Earthquakes, 30 September and 1 October 2009 in Indonesia illustrate the global impact of these events. They also document the compelling need to redesign public policies in order to assess risk, alert communities, and respond effectively when such events do occur. We invite an exploration of innovative policies and policy approaches to building community resilience to disaster. To address these issues, we welcome papers that discuss how governments and their policies have addressed the questions of resilience and response to disasters and risk. Some possible, but by no means exhaustive, topics or themes on which submissions might focus include:
Cross-country policy innovations based on interdisciplinary, theoretical or empirical knowledge.
Cross-country analyses of risk assessment policies and practices for extreme events
Cross-jurisdictional examination of decision support systems to support risk assessment and response
Innovations in risk assessment and response: what can be learned from other geographic contexts
Policies encouraging professional education and development practices in risk management
Policy instruments for enhancing cross-sectoral implementation of risk reduction measures
Designs for international humanitarian assistance policies that contribute to sustainable risk reduction
Effectiveness of prior systematic planning and risk reduction measures on a regional scale
The criteria for selection are quality and fit to the subject matter. The articles submitted must be in line with the explicit criteria set by Aims and Scope of the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis. While not all papers need be comparisons among countries, they must explicitly lend themselves to inference or generalization across sectors and jurisdictions. Once accepted by the Special Issue Editor, all submitted papers will be externally triple-blind refereed according to the JCPA’s standard blind-review procedures.
An abstract of no more than 500 words, must be submitted to the special issue editor by January 10, 2010. Notification of acceptances will be sent by February 1, 2010. Article drafts should be around 4,000-5,000 words and their format must follow the JCPA guidelines. Draft papers are due to the special issue editor by April 1, 2010. Accepted draft papers will be presented and discussed at the 7th ICPA-Forum Workshop, University of Pittsburgh, April-23-24, 2010.
Louise K. Comfort, Director, Center for Disaster Management and Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260.
Abstract deadline (500 words): January 18, 2009
Notification of accepted proposals: February 8, 2009
Draft paper deadline: June 15, 2009
Workshop Date and Accepted Paper Presentation: July 2-4, 2009
Proposed papers should (a.) relate to research on any one of the aspects above, or propose additional research angles, (b.) focus on the incremental or radical changes that the policy has undergone, (c.) shed light on policy problems and policy related dynamics and interventions, (d.) present research on aspects of the different national approaches or cases from which comparative lessons can be drawn.
The workshop is interdisciplinary in nature, and therefore perspectives related to all fields of social science (including political science, economics, law, policy analysis, sociology, etc.) will be accepted.
The criteria for selection are quality and fit to the subject matter. The articles submitted must be in line with the mission statement of the JCPA and ICPA-Forum of fostering the theory, empirical research and methods of cross-national comparative policy analysis. Please note the Aims and Scope of the JCPA and explicit comparative criteria at www.jcpa.ca. While papers need not necessarily present comparisons among countries, they must explicitly lend themselves to lesson drawing. Papers accepted and presented at the workshop may be published in a Special Issue of the JCPA edited by Professor Bruno Dente, subject to fit in the Special Issue and the blind-fold referee procedures of the JCPA.
The Development of Public Policy Programs in Higher Education in Asia
Abstract Deadline: January 31st, 2009
Notification of accepted proposals: February 28th, 2009
Paper Deadline: April 30th, 2009
In Asia, Public Policy Programs in higher education have been established and developed dramatically in the past two decades. In the past, Public Policy Programs have adhered to western-style methods and perspectives. Recently, some of them have changed to encompass Asian features and uniqueness. The goal of this Workshop is to explore, analyze and compare the emergence, evolution, and development of Public Policy Programs in Asian universities. In line with the JCPA’s Aims and Scope, the papers presented will cross-nationally compare curriculum design, research focus, faculty composition, and students’ core competence of public policy programs. English will be the official language for the conference and all papers and presentations are expected to be delivered in English. The papers will first be presented and reviewed at the 6th ICPA-Forum Workshop, June 4–6, 2009 at the Department of Public Policy & Management, Shih Hsin University, Taipei, Taiwan. The workshop is sponsored by the National Science Council, the Research, Development & Evaluation Commission, the Ministry of Education, Taiwan Foundation for Democracy, Shih Hsin University, Central Personnel Administration, and the Taiwanese Political Science Association.
An abstract of no more than 500 words, must be submitted to the Special Issue Editor by January 31st, 2009. An answer will be provided by February 28th, 2009. The article drafts should be between 4,000-5,000 words and their format must follow the JCPA guidelines. They will be submitted to the Special Issue Editor by April 30th, 2009.
Public Service Personnel Policies:
Impact on Policy Implementation Related Performance
Abstract deadline: August 1st 2008
Notification of accepted proposals: September 1st 2008
Draft Paper Deadline: October 15th 2008
The principles and tools implemented in light of public sector reforms suggest that the empowerment of employees is crucial to obtain better policy adoption or implementation results. Implementation has always been problematic and contentious in public policy mainly because of the gap between decision makers intent and the capacity of those in charge of carrying it out: in this case public servants. In the past, civil servants have often been seen as inefficient, ineffective and over-bureaucratized professionals negatively contributing to public sector performance. Consequently, and since responding to these issues has become paramount for creating a body of more professional and effective public officials, many governments have introduced new personnel policies. However, the nature and direction of human resource management strategies and the extent to which the impacts of these policies contribute to shifts in policy implementation productivity and performance of individuals and public agencies, are largely debated.
To address these issues, we welcome papers that discuss how governments have been tackling public personnel policies and related public sector performance.
Some possible, but by no means exhaustive, topics or themes on which submissions might focus include:
- Cross-country analyses of public personnel policies and their intent;
- HRM: strategies and their impacts on policy implementation or adoption;
- Public personnel policies and reforms to innovate HRM strategies and improve policy implementation performance;
- Policy instruments for enhancing professionalism and impact on carrying out policies;
- Problems and prospects in public personnel administration and their relation to policy making;
- Efficacy of public personnel reform efforts and their public policy related tests of efficacy;
- Innovation in public personnel policies – what can be learned for other public policy contexts.
The criteria for selection is quality and fit to the subject matter. The articles submitted must be in line with the Aims and Scope of the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis. While not all papers should be comparisons among countries, for instance, they must explicitly lend themselves to lesson-drawing. Once accepted by the special issue editor, all submitted papers will be externally refereed according to the JCPA’s blind-fold standard procedures.
An abstract of no more than 500 words, must be submitted to the special issue editor by August 1st 2008. An answer will be provided by September 1st 2008. The article drafts should be around 4,000-5,000 words and their format must follow the JCPA guidelines. They will be submitted to the special issue editor by October 15, 2008.
Private Higher Education and Public Policy Around the World: Influences & Implications
Abstract Dealine: 1 July, 2007
Notification of Accepted Proposals: 7 August, 2007
Draft Paper Deadline: 30 Jan, 2008
The growth of private higher education has been spectacular in much of the world. A reasonable estimate puts the private share of all postsecondary enrollments worldwide at 30 percent. This special issue will explore the reasons for that growth, the role of public policies or lack thereof in it, as well as the patterns produced, considering linkages with broader privatization and marketization trends across policy domains.
The volume will shed light on factors accounting for variation in private sector growth over time and across countries, the role public policies have played, and the effects of the private rise on public higher education and public-private interactions and dynamics. Authors will explore what types of policy instruments are employed, why, and their impacts. Legalization, licensing requirements, ongoing regulation, quality assurance, information-based policies, and targeted subsidies are among the many pertinent public policy options. Finally, what are the challenges facing policymakers and what pertinent policy analysis is being done or is needed?
Criteria for selection will be quality and fit to the subject matter. Submissions should use and build upon both the private higher education and the public policy literatures. A volume goal is coverage of Africa, Asia, Eastern and Central Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Comparative cross-country analyses are welcome. Any non-U.S. pieces focusing on a single country should deal with that country in a context of patterns in its geographical region. All submitted papers will be externally refereed according to JCPA’s standard procedures.
Six to possibly eight submissions will be chosen. Each must no more than 4000 words and the drafts should be between 3000 and 3500, allowing for subsequent additions based on the referee reviews. Format must correspond to the JCPA guidelines. Abstracts (no more than 500 words) of proposed papers should be submitted to both guest editors by 1 July 2007.
Dr. Daniel Levy, Distinguished Professor of Educational Administration & Policy Studies, SUNY at Albany
Abstract Deadline: 3 March 2007
Paper Deadline: 10 April 2007
A Special Issue on Healthcare Policies is edited by Professor Ted Marmor of Yale University. The papers will first be presented and reviewed at the 4th ICPA-Forum Workshop, April 26 - 28, 2007, at the School of Public Management, Yale.
Abstract Deadline: 15 June 2006
Paper Deadline: 15 September 2006
The Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis is preparing a special issue on ”Building Policy Capability in the Public Sector.” Advisory systems in many countries are modifying existing policy practices as they respond to new governance arrangements and other changes to the policy environment. Governments have responded with new methods, approaches and strategies and raised issues as to the comparative advantage which public sector advisers can bring to their role, relative to others. The editors invite you to submit a paper for this special issue which will be reviewed according to the Journals’ normal blind fold procedures. Papers should be no more than 6,000 words. Priority will be given to articles which report on practices in two or more jurisdictions or address theories and experiences which are globally applicable. Accepted proposals will be presented and discussed at the 3rd ICPA-Forum Workshop at the Australian National University. The Workshop will take place on November 28-29, 2006. It is hoped that this will facilitate the subsequent reviewing process and publication of the special issue.