The PCISE report, and the new ASPA policy on international engagement, will be discussed during a presidential panel at the upcoming ASPA conference. The session will be held on March 21 at 1PM EST. Details here. Powerpoint for the committee’s presentation here.
IRSPM opening plenary will discuss PCISE report
The opening plenary session of the annual conference of the International Research Society for Public Management, to be held in Budapest in April, will be dedicated to a discussion of the PCISE’s final report. Learn more here (Google translation).
NAPA panel looks at discussion paper
The International Standing Committee of the US National Academy of Public Administration will host a conversation about our discussion paper on December 2, 2022. Powerpoint for our presentation.
Discussion at PAT-Net conference
The Committee will organize a one-hour discussion at the annual conference of the Public Administration Theory Network (PAT-Net) in Mexico City on Friday June 17 at 2:30PM to 4PM CDT. Conference details here. Powerpoint for session here.
Discussion at CAPPA conference
The Committee will organize a one-hour discussion at the annual conference of the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration in Victoria, British Columbia on May 26, 3:45PM to 4:45PM PT. Discussants will include Professors Paul Evans and Tamara Krawchenko. Conference program here. Introductory PPT here.
Emerging themes on engagement
by Alasdair Roberts and Mary-Lee Rhodes, PreCISE co-chairs
PreCISE recently hosted two conversations about international engagement — one at the ASPA conference in Jacksonville on March 19, and a webinar on March 30. In both conversations, we asked participants to think about some hypothetical scenarios that raised questions about engagement, human rights, and academic freedom.
PreCISE will hold more conversations over the rest of 2022, as we prepare a report to be released in January 2023. We’ve already observed several important themes emerging from our conversations on March 19 and March 30:
Be clear about values. Often, academic organizations find themselves reacting unexpectedly to controversies in which core values seem to be at risk. Addressing these controversies is easier if academic organizations have articulated core values and principles well before a controversy arises.
Get the facts. Controversies arise when individuals raise concerns about situations that seem to threaten human rights and academic freedom. There may be an impulse to react quickly to such concerns. It’s important to take time to check the facts.
Inclusive decision-making. Because decision-making often involves reacting to an unexpected controversy, it runs the risk of being done quickly and informally. It’s important to think carefully about who ought to be involved in decisions and ensure that different perspectives are adequately represented.
Opportunities for dialogue and principled engagement. Controversies provide an opportunity to open a dialogue about core values and to build principled connections with scholars in other countries. It’s important to think carefully about the ways in which engagement may provide opportunities for such dialogue. This requires good knowledge of context: Are potential partners interested in and/or aligned with the core values of the organization? Are there opportunities for change within the system?
Transparency in decisions. Difficult decisions involving strongly held views and controversy may be necessary in situations relating to human rights and academic freedom. To facilitate deliberative and inclusive decision making and to communicate effectively, it’s important to be transparent about how a decision was reached, and the reasons for those decisions.
These March sessions were the first of many. We welcome feedback. Leave a comment here or email us: Alasdair Roberts and Mary-Lee Rhodes.
Session at ASPA conference
The committee held its first discussion at the ASPA conference in Jacksonville FL on March 19. As part of the session, about fifty conference participants worked through a series of scenarios presenting typical challenges in international scholarly engagement.
Read the scenarios discussed in this session.
View the Powerpoint that explained the aims of the committee and plans for the session.