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Dr. Richard Greggory Johnson III, University of San Francisco
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Dr. Sean McCandless, University of Illinois Springfield
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Dr. Seth Meyer, Bridgewater State University
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The New 4 Es: Fostering Engagement, Empathy, Equity, and Ethics in an Era of Uncertainty

The New 4 Es: Fostering Engagement, Empathy, Equity, and Ethics in an Era of Uncertainty

Public Integrity symposium in partnership with ASPA’s Section on Democracy and Social Justice

The world once again finds itself in uncertain times. We are currently living through the double pandemic of COVID-19 and racism. Both pandemics disproportionately affect historically marginalized communities, especially communities of color. These disproportionalities are made possible by racism at multiple levels, white supremacy, patriarchy, and more. Furthermore, income inequality within the United States has grown over the past several years to its highest levels. Internationally, attacks on freedom of the press as well as on historically marginalized groups such as the Roningya and Uighars have lead to questions of how public and nonprofit organizations both create and make these issues worse and how they help foster equity in these situations.

As a discipline, public administration faces a reckoning regarding its roles in creating, maintaining, and perpetuating these inequities. The discipline must respond justly, especially to ensure that voices it has historically marginalized in public discourses are no longer silenced but are diversified, heard, respected, included, and acted upon. The traditional “Es” espoused by public administration--efficiency, effectiveness, and economy--must be augmented by other values. Public administrators must promote the “New Es”: They must be engaged (reach out to and incorporate historically marginalized communities), empathetic (able to understand and share others’ feelings), equitable (fair to all, especially through correcting injustices), and ethical (act morally and promote the public interest).

We invite empirical and/or theoretical papers exploring how to foster these news Es, including but not limited to these topics:

  1. What does it mean for a public or nonprofit administrator to be competent in engagement, empathy, equity, and/or ethics? How is competency achieved?
  2. What are promising government or nonprofit strategies to promote engagement, empathy, equity, and/or ethics, such as concerning COVID-19, racism, police brutality, environmental degradation, global climate change, and more?
  3. How does the field improve the training of public and nonprofit administrators to be competent in engagement, empathy, equity, and/or ethics? What are promising strategies to teach these values to administrators?
  4. What are the global and/or comparative dimensions of the need to foster engagement, empathy, equity, and/or ethics?

Proposals of no more than 500 words should be submitted by 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on December 1, 2020 using this Google Form. Editors will inform authors of decisions on proposals by 11:59pmET on December 18, 2020. Full papers accepted for development will be due in Public Integrity’s Editorial Manager system by 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on May 1, 2021. Acceptance of a proposal does not guarantee publication.

Questions should be directed to lead editor Dr. Richard Greggory Johnson III at [email protected].

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Proposals of no more than 500 words should be submitted by 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on December 1, 2020 using this Google Form. Editors will inform authors of decisions on proposals by 11:59pmET on December 18, 2020. Full papers accepted for development will be due in Public Integrity’s Editorial Manager system by 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on May 1, 2021. Acceptance of a proposal does not guarantee publication.

Questions should be directed to lead editor Dr. Richard Greggory Johnson III at [email protected].

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