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30 May 2021
International Journal of Public Administration
Special Issue Editor(s)
Ali Farazmand, Ph.D., Professor,
Florida Atlantic University; Editor in Chief, International Journal of Public Administration
Jos Raadschelders, Ph.D., Professor,
The Ohio State University
Richard Stillman, Ph.D., Professor,
University of Denver
Dwight Waldo and the Administrative State in the Post-Pandemic and Post-Trumpian Era
The International Journal of Public Administration (IJPA) invites article proposals for a Special Issue Symposium on Dwight Waldo and the Restoration of the Administrative State in the Post-Trumpian and the Post-pandemic era. The relevance of Dwight Waldo’s thoughts and his groundbreaking and classic book, The Administrative State (1948), continues to be relevant to the study of Public Administration and Policy. What can we learn from Waldo’s Administrative State in a post-Trumpian and post-pandemic world?
The Trump presidency has had major consequences for society and government, especially through its widespread use of deregulation and nepotistic appointments. This presidency ended with efforts to undermine American democracy and the rule of law. Has all this left American democracy weaker? Waldo’s core interest has been in the careful balancing of democracy and bureaucracy. His Administrative State was the first, and not the only publication, where Waldo explored this theme.
Also, the pandemic has significantly influenced how people conduct their work: remotely, via zoom, teaching online, etc. Has the pandemic affected the public sector: how, in what ways, to what extent? Has the pandemic influenced the structure and functioning of government in significant ways? Has the nature of the administrative state changed?
The Special Symposium will focus on the central questions of what the administrative state means in and for modern government. How did Waldo affect the theory and practice of the study of public administration as a self-conscious enterprise or field of study and practice in modern government? Are Waldo’s views still relevant in the age of globalization, corporatization, marketization, natural and human-made crises (e.g., climate change; international migration, terrorism, cybercrime, etc.), and multi-lateral/multi-polar world orders with impacts on internal, national, and local governance and administration across the world?
Proposals for scholarly papers on a wide range of sub-topics using quantitative and/or qualitative analysis approaches will be considered, including strong theoretical and conceptual proposals, single-case studies, and comparative case studies. Scholarly manuscripts must be grounded in theory/literature and empirical evidence, and use sound analytical methods. Findings should be generalizable to advance knowledge on theory and practice. Single-site case studies will be subject to different, more practical, review criteria. The Special Issue will be published on-line in late fall 2021 and the print volume in spring or summer 2022
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Special Issue: Scope of topics: Democracy and bureaucracy; State-market relations; Restoring the administrative state; Nonprofit organizations; Civilization and public administration; Globalization and the administrative state; the New multilateral/multipolar world order; Comparative administrative states; Bureaucracy & administrative state; Public-private partnerships; Citizen engagement; Public values & public goods; Digital government and administration; Crisis and chaos management; Building administrative capacities; Politics and administration.
Proposals and Manuscripts Proposals should clearly present: (1) a descriptive title; (2) a statement of problem & purpose; (3) research question(s); (4) a sound conceptualization grounded in theory & literature (5) ‘originality’ and significance; (6) a brief methodology with full information on sources of data and tools; and (7) the potential contributions to knowledge (generalizability for theory and practice). Proposals should not exceed 2 pages. Completed manuscripts should not exceed 30 pages double spaced (7000 words), inclusive of all tables, figures, and charts. APA style with third person writing is required.
Timetable to Publication: Submit proposals of 800-1000 words to IJPA editor or guest editor via email only by January 30, 2021. Authors will be informed of proposal decisions during February 2021. Draft manuscripts of accepted proposals are due to editors via email by May 30, 2021, for double blind reviews. Authors will receive a preliminary review result by June 30, 21: either Accept, Revisions, or Reject. Final manuscripts are due September 15, 2021, submitted to IJPA for double-blind reviews. The Special Issue will be published Online during November-December 2021 and in print in Spring or Summer 2022. Proposals and manuscripts should be submitted via Email Only to the Editor-In-Chief of IJPA or the Guest Editor.
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