Call for Papers


Optimising Public Services Management for Development: Innovation in Policy, Strategy and Technique

Proposals are invited for panels and papers that focus on the overall theme of the conference or any of the following sub-themes. Doctoral students and research fellows are specially invited to submit proposals to the New Researchers Panel that is designed to provide support and constructive feedback on projects in an atmosphere of collegiality:


  1. New Researchers
  2. Co-production, public-private-partnership, user engagement and the role of the third sector
  3. Public service management in small nation states
  4. Public financial and debt management
  5. Local governance and local economic development
  6. Making Community-based Organizations (CBOs) and Development Committees Fit for Purpose
  7. Public service reform: Transforming public organisations for development
  8. Reinventing government through ICTs
  9. Advancing public administration/management theory

Submission Guidelines

Maximum 250 words, include separate cover page with title, name, institutional affiliation and contact (Email, Tel & Fax)
Full Paper:
Maximum 6000 - 7000 words, must be submitted as a Word document and must match the name and title submitted on the abstract

The maximum number of proposals with which any individual may be associated (as either author or co-author) is two.

The deadline for submission of abstract is May 30, 2015.

Awards and Publication Opportunities

Papers will be considered for publication in an edited volume or a special journal issue. A number of awards will be given, including that for Best Paper.

Important Dates

May 30, 2015
Closing date for panel proposals and paper abstracts
June 15, 2015
Notification of decisions
September 15, 2015
Closing date for full paper submission


Individual abstracts and papers must be submitted via the Conference Email Address:

Proposals for panels must be submitted directly to the Conference Chair or

For further information visit the conference website: