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Public Management Association Conference (DEADLINE 31.10.14)

Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota

Oct 31, 2014 12:00 AM

The program committee for the 2015 conference welcomes paper, panel, and poster proposals that feature high quality conceptual, qualitative, or quantitative research.

In general, conference themes will emerge from the proposals submitted. However, we also believe two important themes merit particular attention at this time in the field’s development. The organisers invite consideration of the following two themes in proposed papers, panels, posters, and pre-conference sessions:


The relationship of public management with democracy and citizenship.

Relevant topics might include, for example:

  • Performance management and public values
  • Civic engagement and public participation
  • Co-production
  • The proper role of government


The challenges of integrating different kinds of theoretical and empirical approaches to scholarship.

Examples might include:

  • Papers or sessions that exemplify rigorous blending of theoretical and empirical work in innovative ways
  • Analyses of significant public management challenges and how theory and empirical research can be used to address them.

The program committee welcomes proposals for either conceptual or empirical papers that focus on new areas of research or evaluations of existing streams of research. Conceptual paper proposals should develop a theory or theoretical framework that provides insight into a compelling research question or subject of study in public management, identify foundational assumptions and key concepts, develop an internally consistent logic or model of causation, and result in specific propositions or testable hypotheses.Empirical proposals will be evaluated based on the significance and quality of the research question, research design, methods, data, findings, and implications for theory and practice. Proposals from individuals at all career stages are welcome.

In addition to individual paper proposals, the program committee encourages the submission of complete panels consisting of no more than four papers. Panel submissions should bring together complementary papers that tackle compelling research questions, subjects of study, or the themes suggested above. Proposals should provide information on the overall theme of the panel and indicate how each of the proposed papers connects to the panel’s theme. 

10 Oct 2014

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