2014 AGPA Annual Conference
Jakarta, August 27-29
The Asian Group for Public Administration (AGPA) in close collaboration with Office of the Vice President, the Ministry of Administrative Reforms, the National Institute of Public Administration and Universitas Indonesia are organizing the 2014 Annual Conference to be held from 27 to 29 August in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The Asian Group for Public Administration (AGPA) is a regional affiliate of the International Institute of Administrative Science (IIAS), a global organization based in Brussels and established in 1930. AGPA is aimed to develop a platform for building a network in Asian countries and regions, and promoting the development of theoretical research and practical innovation in public administration in the area. AGPA welcomes not only researchers and academicians but also practitioners from all levels of government and the greater public sector in Asia.
The Organizing Committee would like to cordially invite scholars and practitioners in the field of public administration to participate in the conference and submit papers for presentation.
Theme: Enhancing Public Trust and Governance through Innovative Public Administration in Globalized and Regionalized Asian Countries
Ensuring public trust in government is not a simple and easy task. In the Asian context, the results of various studies indicate the low levels of public trust in many countries in Asia. This condition requires attention because of the low levels of trust in government pose a serious challenge for effective governance. To increase public trust in government, we need to evaluate the competence, commitment and motivation of officials in running the government that in line with the public interest. In doing so, we need to press on in building new capacities for governance that is capable of dealing with various challenges such as globalization and regionalization. For that purpose, we need an excellent forum for the Asian community of public administration to come together to share the ideas and information, to provide a sound knowledge base to learn from each other about their experiences in enhancing public trust and governance within their respective country.
Against this background, we propose this year’s conference theme to be “Enhancing Public Trust and Governance through Innovative Public Administration in Globalized and Regionalized Asian Countries”. We hereby invite you to attend the conference and present your newest research findings on public trust and governance. The papers could address one of the following subthemes:
Subtheme 1: The Complexity of Structure and Proliferated Actors in Improving Public Trust and Governance: Building Cooperation and Competition
Public trust and governance are in a dynamic and complex situation. There are many relationships in many directions in building public trust and governance. Therefore, it is necessary to reduce the complexity and cluster the relationships between the actors involved. The expected results are synergistic and supporting relationships among the actors that will be able to guarantee the success in building public trust and governance. We welcome papers sharing good practices in building cooperation and competition to support the public trust and governance.
Subtheme 2: The Paradox of Globalization, Regionalization and Decentralization in Search of Accountable, Responsible and Effective Governance
The globalization, regionalization and decentralization are an opportunity as well as challenge in an effort to create public trust and governance. They become opportunities when the public sector and society in a country is able to prepare themselves well so that they can take advantage of globalization, regionalization and decentralization optimally. Conversely when the public sector and society is not ready, then globalization, regionalization and decentralization will merely be a symbol and not bring many benefits. Papers on how good practices in utilizing the opportunities of globalization, regionalization and decentralization are particularly welcome.
Subtheme 3: Opportunities, Challenges, Learnings and Innovations in Asian Public Service
Public service is among the most commonly acknowledged factors affecting citizens' trust in government. Public trust will increase when the public sector has the ability to deliver public services effectively and efficiently. To be able to deliver public services effectively and efficiently, the public sector is required to perform a variety of innovations in the provision of services that are able to anticipate the contemporary challenges and complexities such as globalization, regionalization and decentralization. We welcome papers that discuss the various practices in improving public services through a number of innovations in Asian countries.
1. Papers must directly address one or more aspects of the conference theme or subthemes.
2. All the papers should be written in English.
3. Each paper should contain 5,000-6,000 words. An abstract of 200-300 words should be sent to AGPA’s Executive Office by 26 of March, 2014. Prospective paper writers will be duly notified whether their papers has been accepted.
4. References should include author name(s), publication year, title of the article/book/journal, place of publication, and publisher.
5. Figures, graphs and tables should be included if necessary.
6. Authors should submit autobiographical sketches along with their abstracts.
7. Each presenter is allocated 15 minutes for presentation. Questions from participants will be entertained during the open forum provided after each session.
8. Paper should advocate the academic spirit and focus on the academic research.
9. Quality Power-Point presentations will be uploaded onto the AGPA website.
Abstract: on or before March 26, 2014; notification of acceptance will be sent to prospective paper writers by April 26, 2014.
Final paper and Power-Point Presentation: On or before July 26, 2014.
Note: All submissions should be made to the AGPA Executive Office via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or fax (0086-10-84639741).