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PaTNet 11-14 June 2020

Part of the Solution or the Problem? Reimagining Public Administration in Turbulent Times

When: 11 – 14 June 2020

Where: Malmo, Sweden

Organisation: Public Administration Theory Network (PADNet)

The 33rd Annual Meeting of the Public Administration Theory Network will explore the role of public administration in confronting contemporary social, political, economic, and environmental challenges. Such challenges include but are not limited to climate change, increasing political and economic inequalities, the rise of finance capitalism and surveillance states, and the erosion of democracy. We ask scholars and practitioners to consider the historical role of public administration in the development of these challenges as well as the prospective role of public administration in turbulent times. The challenges range in scope from the global to the local, and, after more than a decade, the Public Administration Theory Network returns to a European city to engage in a constructive dialogue with scholars across the world to think about ways to address them.

The Program Committee requests proposals that consider the role of public administration at any scale – from ministerial civil service to street level practices – in the rise, as well as the amelioration, of these and other threats. Such proposals should explore the relationship between politics, the corporate sector, public administration, and the discretion of public bureaucrats, as well as the relationship between public administration and civil society. We invite proposals that reflect upon historical practices and theoretical concerns, that envision how the state can facilitate civic participation, or that more generally explore the role of public administration, policy, and governance in these challenging times. We welcome a broad scope of papers that include diagnosis and critique as well as attempts to analyze potential roles and solutions. Such analyses and solutions can be theoretical, moral, empirical, or practical.