Prof. Jeremy Lewis delivers the keynote address to the international seminar in St. Petersburg, Russia
St. Petersburg 2015: Keynote address
Key terms for St. Petersburg seminar June 2015
St. Petersburg 2015: Word cloud poster

St. Petersburg 2015: Governance panel
St. Petersburg 2015: Governance and Policy seminar images from Leonid Smorgunov; album for the web by Jeremy Lewis

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Welcome to IPSA RC 48:

Research Committee on Administrative Culture

Rosamund Thomas 2015 Chair, Dr. Rosamund Thomas
Vice-chair, Dr. Leonid Smorgunov
Vice-chair, Dr. Jeremy Lewis
RC 48 home page | Members contact list

Panel Descriptions for IPSA World Congress 2016 | Abstracts for our panels at IPSA 2016

The business meeting for RC48 has now been scheduled for 11:00 - 12:30 on 28 July, before our panels.

Registered participants are now combined into two panels, each with 4 papers, a chair and a discussant. - 20 May 2016. Both are confirmed by IPSA for the afternoon of 28 July.

Please register for the Congress on the IPSA.ORG web site. Note that officers for the panels, like paper givers, can only be selected from those who are registered to IPSA's website. I sent a circular with a list of those members registered as of 3 May 2016. -- JRTL

Poznan' will Host the 24th IPSA World Congress of Political Science:
"We are pleased to announce that the IPSA Executive Committee has selected the historic city of Poznan' as the new host city for the 24th IPSA World Congress of Political Science to be held at the Poznan' Congress Center, 23 - 28 July 2016. It is very timely for an IPSA World Congress to be held in Eastern Europe.

Poznan' is one of the oldest cities in Poland, dating from the 10th and 11th centuries. It is an ideal location for the 2016 IPSA World Congress, as an affordable university town with a quarter of its population being students. "
Final Registration Deadline for all participants on the Congress program 12 MAY 2016
Deadline to submit Full Paper for main authors 01 JUL 2016
Registration Deadline for Research Methods Courses 05 JUL 2016
- announcement, March 2016

"The main theme of the Congress and the scheduled dates (23-28 July 2016) will not change. All accepted panels and papers will be maintained in what is an outstanding Congress Program." "The Early Bird Registration deadline has also been extended to 13 April 2016." -- IPSA announcements, for reasons of academic freedom in Turkey, and international security,  26 Feb. 2016.

A conversation via email among officers of multiple research committees, had occurred for a week before this decision, owing both to infringements upon academic freedom and some violent political incidents elsewhere in Turkey.  Although opinions were diverse, some had expressed concern that IPSA should inform members of any doubts about holding the World Congress in Turkey.

I hope you avoided committing to any spending on flight or hotel before this, and I did too.  If not, the IPSA hotels will accept cancellations if you call them.  You have to deal with the airline yourself.

New book containing chapters by our members: Leonid Smorgunov (ed), The Governance of Public Policy, published in Russian translation in Moscow by Aspekt Press, 24 December 2015.  Upravlenie Publichnoi Politikoi / Pod. red. Smorgunova L.V. Moskwa, Aspekt Press, 2015.

For IPSA World Congress 2016, on 9 Jan. 2016 we added abstracts to top up all panels to 6 abstracts each, plus accepted a closed panel.

Proposed abstracts for our panels at IPSA World Congress 2016 are now listed here.
IPSA closed the window for these on 14 Oct. 2015. We accepted abstracts by the deadline, 26 Nov.
Panel Descriptions 2016 | Abstracts 2016

IPSA has given the following dates for authors preparing for IPSA World Congress 2016:

"05 NOV 2015: Review of paper abstracts begins.
26 NOV 2015: Deadline to review paper abstracts submitted to your panel.
16 MAR 2016: Early Registration Deadline, Fees increase for all on March 17.
13 APR 2016: Deadline to register for inclusion in the PRINTED PROGRAM.
13 APR 2016: Deadline to modify your panel for inclusion in the PRINTED PROGRAM.
05 MAY 2016: Deadline to register to REMAIN on the PROGRAM. Participants who do not register will be withdrawn from the program."
RC-48 committee panel topics, draft descriptions and provisional chairs and discussants have been submitted to the web site for the 2016 World Congress, 23-28 July 2016.

An international seminar in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation, was held on 27-28 June 2015 with Dr. Leonid Smorgunov as program chair. The title was "Governance of Public Policy: Cultures and Regimes in Network Contexts".  Participants were featured from around the world: Argentina, Armenia, Colombia, India, Mexico, Poland, Russia and the US.  Read the Report | Poster [PDF] | Call for papers [PDF]

View the keynote address by Jeremy Lewis, here [YouTube, HD, 15'], 26 June 2015. Dr. Lewis draws together trends in public administration: freedom of information laws, transparency, egovernment, governance and public policy. He argues these trends, which are changing comparative administrative culture, are adaptable to some degree, from liberal democratic regimes to oligarchic ones and to developing countries.

9 May 2015: News from RC 48 has three main elements.  First, as Chair, I am pleased to announce the 4 topics selected for the IPSA 2016 Convention, Istanbul, 23-28 July, which are:

1. Administrative Culture Implications of Public Policy to Address Global or National/Regional Poverty and Inequality.
2. Open Government and eGovernance –  Collaboration or Inequality?
3. Public Policy Institutions in different Cultural Contexts: Comparative Analyses of the BRICS.
4. Quasi-Judicial Institutions for Administrative Justice.
Any IPSA Convention attendees in July 2016 will be most welcome to participate in these RC48 sessions.

Second, the group photograph herein of RC48 Indian members was taken at a seminar held in Shimla on 25th April 2015 to discuss the 4 above-stated topics for the IPSA 2016 Convention. RC48 Indian members shown are Professor R.D. Sharma; Dr Nittam Chandel; Dr Pramod Sharma; and Dr Ashok Ranjan Basu. Other Indian members of RC48 also attended the seminar.

Finally, for those IPSA members interested in Business Culture, a new book has been published by Ethics International Press in 2015 entitled “Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility: Cambridge-Gourlay-Trinity Lectures”.  This book (ISBN 978-1-871891-20-1) contains 8 original lectures delivered recently by Dr Rosamund Thomas, Visiting Gourlay Professor in Business Ethics, at Trinity College in the University of Melbourne, Australia.
-- Chair RC48, Dr Rosamund Thomas

A regional workshop in India is being held in 2015 with Dr. Nittam Chandel as program chair.

In August 2014 the new book edited by Dr. Leonid Smorgunov, was published as Public Values and Public Administration, by Aspect Press, Moscow, [in Russian]. This grew from the RC-48 Regional Seminar on Public Values, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation, 2013.

IPSA World Congress, Montreal 2014: RC-48 panels & minutes | Abstracts
To read further updates, log in to the official IPSA site for Montreal 2014, and see RC48 panels.

RC-48International panel on Transparency, at AlaPSA conference, 22 March 2014 in Montgomery, Alabama, USA

New book on ethics by Dr. Thomas is now published: press release | order form

RC-48 Regional Seminar in New Delhi, India, 2013:Report of seminar

RC-48 Regional Seminar on Public Values, Russian Federation, 2013:Call for Papers| Report of seminar

IPSA World Congress, Madrid 2012: Panel Paper Abstracts | Minutes 2012
For the official site, see and select Madrid 2012, then
Research Committee 48 panels -- or click on these direct links:
Panel 1 on "Ethics in public administration, including corruption /anti-corruption"
Panel 2 on "Current and future issues in public administration as they affect administrative culture"
Paper from Dr. T. Krishna Kanth (PDF)

This web site is linked from
Web pages revised 6 July 2016 by Prof. Jeremy Lewis, www.Political

RC 48 on “Administrative Culture”'s Chair, Dr Rosamund Thomas, who is the Director of the Centre for Business and Public Sector Ethics in Cambridge, UK.  Existing and new members wishing to join RC 48 are invited to contact Dr Thomas as soon as possible at, giving their full details, contact information, and a photograph for the new RC 48 website.

A Vice-Chair is Prof. Leonid Smorgunov, of the Faculty of Political Science, St Petersburg State University, Russia.  The other Vice-Chair and webmaster is Prof. Jeremy Lewis of Huntingdon College, USA.  The secretary is  Prof. Ashok Ranjan Basu, IAS (Retd), India.  For details, see the contacts page.