Notice

Call for Papers and Participation

The University Community is invited to submit papers and register to participate in the 2017 International Conference on Public Administration (ICPA) and International Symposium on West African Studies (ISWAS).

Conference Date: November 14-17, 2017
Conference Venue: Accra & Cape Coast, Ghana

Important Dates
Paper Abstract Due: June 1, 2017
Full Paper Due: July 15, 2017
Paper Acceptance Notification by: Before September 1, 2017

Notes:
Paper submitters have their own options to attend either 2017 ICPA from November 14 to 16 at
Accra or 2017 ISWAS on November 17 at Cape Coast or both with differentiated registration
fees.

Conference Sponsors (ICPA)
University of Ghana (UG), Ghana
Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Ghana
American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), USA
University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC), P.R. China

2017 ICPA focusing on the theme:

"Managing across Organizational Boundaries: Innovation and Collaboration"

Whether grappling with natural disasters or delivering day-to-day public services as education or health care, public bodies increasingly must work with other organizations to get the job done. Similarly, government managers themselves often need to identify and address risks in ways that require cooperating across multiple organizations to reduce the potential for serious harm.

The growth of complexity is a major reason for these developments—that is, increased complexity in the types of services that public bodies deliver; waves of technology; and organizational sprawl. To the extent that complexity leads to problems that extend beyond any one organization’s boundaries, these problems are likely to be with us for a long time.

2017 ICPA will address ways of managing governmental organizations to focus problems or deliver services that require cooperation across organizational boundaries. What kinds of governance work best to ensure collaborative efforts across governmental organizations—or between government and such private organizations as NGOs, for-profit contractors and other third-parties—that ensure effective public service delivery? How should these relationships be structured? Can new technologies help to bridge organizational gaps and provide public services seamlessly?

Papers and proposals that address Managing across Organizational Boundaries: Innovation and Collaboration are welcome, especially those that use case studies and comparative analyses between and within countries to illustrate promising practices and significant lessons. We are especially receptive to proposals that focus on the sub-themes below. However, we encourage all submissions that bring new ideas to any aspect of the overall conference theme.

Sub-themes, Topics, Questions

 Governance and Management to Improve Cooperation Across Organizations
 Public Private Partnerships
 Reducing Complexity When Delivering Public Services
 Managing Risk Across Organizational Boundaries
 Encouraging Collaborative Behavior by Public Officials
 Social Equity and the Quality of Inter-organizational Cooperation
 Big Data and Effective Network Management
 Theory and Practice on Cross -boundary Governance

2017 ISWAS focusing on the theme:

"Social and Economic Development in West Africa from Global Perspective"

Africa is one of the most dynamic developing regions worldwide, and the first International Symposium on West African Studies(ISWAS) is concurrently conducted with 2017 International Conference on Public Administration (ICPA) in Ghana. The first ISWAS calls for paper and participation.
The Center for West African Studies (CWAS) of University of Electronic Science and Technology of China is established through the platform of Ministry of Education of People’s Republic of China and resources of our partnership and alumni in West Africa.
The establishment of Center for West African Studies is in line with Chinese National Philosophy and Social Sciences “Going Global” Strategy with the need to improve the image of UESTC in West African countries; to enhance China’s influence in West Africa; to strengthen China-Africa collaborations and to serve as a bridge for researchers and practitioners from China, West Africa and beyond to identify and meet the needs of West African development.

Authors have the option to have their accepted papers published in the official Proceedings of 2017

International Conference on Public Administration with a special column on Social and Economic Development in West Africa from global perspective by Press of University of Electronic Science and Technology of China. Authors who wish to have their papers nominated for “Best Paper Awards“ and are so selected will not have their papers published in the proceedings if they prefer to have them blind reviewed by recommended journals. The Proceedings will be indexed by ISI Proceedings (Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Social Science & Humanities CPCI-SSH, named in the Index to Social Science and Humanities Proceedings - ISSHP) through ISI Web of Knowledge in the United States.

The submitted papers should be written in English with Microsoft Word 2007 or higher edition. Authors should identify the primary sub-theme where their abstract/paper should be placed. The abstract should describe the paper’s contents and briefly explain the paper’s relevance to the conference theme. Abstracts must identify the author(s) affiliation, email address, and should not exceed one page.

Contacts

Paper Submissions outside China
(in Microsoft Word) are to be e-mailed to: icpa2017@aspanet.org To the attention of: Thomas H. Stanton Fellow
Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC 20004 USA Tel: (202) 965-2200

2017 ICPA Paper Submissions within China (in Microsoft Word) are to be e-mailed to: icpa2017abstract@163.com
Icpa2017full paper@163.com
2017ISWAS Paper Submissions
(in Microsoft Word) are to be e-mailed to:
iswas2017@163.com To the attention of: Zhao Shu-rong
School of Political Science and Public Administration, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, P.R. China
Tel/fax:0086-(0)28-61831756

Issues Relating to Letter of 2017 ICPA Invitation and Visa Application:
Bossman Eric Asare beasare@ug.edu.gh
Senior Lecturer, Head of Department Department of Political Science, University of Ghana. P.O.Box LG 64 Legon Ghana
Tel: +233 5420 13044

Accommodations and Registration: Samiatu Bogobiri Seidu sbseidu@gimpa.edu.gh
Assistant Registrar, Office of International Programmes and Development,GIMPA , Ghana
Tel: +233242721922 / +233553474770

Issues Relating to Letter of 2017 ISWAS Invitation, Visa Application and Accommodations
are to be e-mailed to: rboohene@ucc.edu.gh

To the attention of: Rosemond Boohene Dean, Centre for International Education, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast,Ghana
Tel: +233 3321 37870

More information on 2017 ICPA in Ghana will be released soon at conference website: www.icpa-uestc.cn