IPSA RC 48: Research Committee on Administrative Culture

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IPSA Congress, Montreal, July 2014: RC-48's Panels and business meeting | Abstracts

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From July 19-24, 2014, the International Political Science Association held its World Congress in Montréal under the theme "Challenges of Contemporary Governance".
Please visit the website http://www.ipsa.org/events/congress/montreal2014/theme

“Public Values and Politico-Administrative Cultures”
Sunday 20 July, 15:00-16:45 in Palais des congrès Rm. 512B
Chair: Dr. Ashok Ranjan Basu
Discussants: Prof. Tigiripalli Krishna Kanth and Dr. Jeremy Lewis

The panel will build upon the theme of a successful regional seminar held in July 2013. Using the concept of public values in the modern theory and practice of public administration can help overcome the dominance of narrow and overly simplistic approaches that have dominated the last decade. This concept offers a new way to define the ultimate goals of contemporary reforms of public administration in different countries. It is particularly important for public service reforms because the theory of public values has the potential to develop ways of thinking about the problems of the public sphere, and points to some practical ways forward. The seminar will be interdisciplinary for the unification of efforts of political scientists to study the phenomenon of the public sphere as well as a comprehensive study of current trends in the development of political and administrative culture, across the world.


Public Value' As a Normative Framework: A Comparative Evaluation and Recasting of Administrative Cultures in India and Nepal
Dr. Arunoday Bajpai [This paper giver did not show up; but paper was presented the next day]

Public Sector Values and the Dilemmas of Transparency
Dr. Jeremy Lewis

Good Governance in India
Dr. Pramod Sharma

"Cutback Management and Administrative Culture"
Panel 48.227, Monday 21 July, 1300-14:45, Palais des congrès Rm. 522a
Dr. Jeremy Lewis chair and discussant; Dr. Ashok Ranjan Basu discussant

On Financial Cutbacks it could be said :  In many countries Governments have introduced austerity measures and cutbacks to public funding resulting in civil service and local government staff reductions, government departments and/or public bodies being amalgamated or cancelled; and other departmental budgets being reduced, including pension entitlements to staff. What effects do these austerity measures have for the quality and availability of public services, staff morale in the public sector, and unemployment levels?  Papers are invited on this theme.
Since there were few submissions on cutbacks, abstracts have also been accepted that deal with broader aspects of public management, in order to be inclusive of those abstracts submitted on administrative culture. The committee proposes that the Cutback papers compose the first sub-panel, and the others from India compose a second sub-panel.


Cutback management and new administrative culture in the French Ministry of Defence
Miss Alicia Paya y Pastor

What can institutional analysis tell us about agricutural Budget negotiation in Mexico?
Prof. Ana Joaquina Ruiz-Guerra

“Transparency in public administration and culture”
Panel 48.226, Tuesday 22 July, 09:00-10:45, Palais des congrès Rm. 518B
Dr. Jeremy Lewis, Chair and discussant; Luke Heemsbergen, discussant

In recent years, partly through the efforts of international financial institutions, and partly through the efforts of governments, the media, and interest group advocacy, the campaigns for "freedom of information", "access to information" and "the right to know" about official information have converged on the term "transparency" in government. Laws supporting transparency to some degree, have spread from just a few developed countries, in one generation, to over 90 countries of all types of regime. Transparency has also been associated with efforts to curb corruption and to limit secrecy for national security. Current debates about electronic governance, electronic democracy, and the revelations by Snowden and WikiLeaks are all related to transparency. Yet, the term is ill-defined and the literature lacks theoretical frameworks. The panel will be concerned to explore the causes and consequences of transparency on administrative culture, both in civilian and national security agencies, across nations and regions.


Governance and Election Management in India-Towards a Culture of Efficiency and Transparency
Dr. Rachna Dutt Goswami

Transparency and Open Government Data in India (Himachal Pradesh): Building a 21st Century Local e-government
Dr. Nittam Chandel

Transparency in Public Administration and Culture
Dr. Ashok Ranjan Basu

Business Meeting
09:00-10:45 Wednesday, July 23, room 512F
Present were Jeremy Lewis (chairing), Ashok Basu, Nittam Chandel, Rachna Dutt Goswami, Ana Joaquina Ruiz, Pramod Sharma, RD Sharma.
Administrative reports on:

Jeremy Lewis reported on the new IPSA web site processes; dropout deadline, etc. seemed to work more smoothly, lessening the excessive flow of email. Drop-outs were quickly replaced by searching for more paper abstracts on the subject, or Lewis filling in a presentation. Starting with the maximum 6 papers per panel, we managed to register the minimum of 4 papers in each panel.
Regional conferences held in 2013 in India, Russia (report on web site to be augmented by Dr. Basu)
Regional panel in USA, in AlaPSA conference, March 2014, showed value of video via internet
Books published: Russian proceedings forthcoming 2014
New RC48 web site, photos & reports from 2014 welcome
Video conferencing opportunities: there was some interest in adding participation to regional conferences via Skype, Google Hangouts or GotoMeeting type software.
Membership growth: invite attendees to join (Ana Joaquina Ruiz-Guerra did so.)
Officer needed > Thurs. 1500 Presidential council of RCs (Goswami and Chandel to go)
New Business?
Members agreed unanimously for these officers to continue:
Chair, Rosamund Thomas, England
Vice-chair, Leonid Smurgunov, Russia
Vice-chair, Jeremy Lewis, USA
Secretary, Ashok Basu, India
Hon. Treasurer, Rachna Goswami, India
The meeting voted unanimously for these additions from other countries (IPSA guidelines indicate global range and diversity):
Ana Joaquina Ruiz-Guerra, Mexico
Pramod Sharma, India
The meeting also voted unanimously to recognize RD Sharma as Founder-President emeritus.
Plans for participation before IPSA Instabul 2016
Indian regional workshop 2015, TBA
With global participation via video & internet?
Nittam Chandel to be program chair
Possible Mexican co-sponsored regional workshop, Ana Joaquina Ruiz-Guerra to be program chair

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