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In search for efficiency?

Em busca da eficiência?

Changes and continuities in contemporary Public Administration

Mudanças e continuidades na administração pública contemporânea

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Published on Wednesday, December 06, 2017 by Céline Guilleux

Summary

As pretext of commemorating the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Secretariat for Administrative Reform in Portugal (1967) is time to reflect on the national and international reforms that took place during the 20th century and aimed to make them more adapted to their objectives and needs. In this way, the meeting seeks to constitute a moment of reflection on these issues, considering its multiple dynamics at national and international level, in a multidisciplinary perspective.

Announcement

Organisation: Institute of Contemporary History of NOVA University of Lisbon
Location: Lisbon
Dates: 4 and 5 June 2018

Argument

The questions related with Public Administration reforms have been subject to constant debate and reflection in the contemporary era, constituting the key element in understanding the construction of States and their relations with political, economic and social reality. The theme acquires particular relevance when, presently, there are reforms' attempts that do not always reach the expected results. In this context, are the previous administrative reform processes sufficient to explain the current characteristics of Public Administrations and their problems? Can they present themselves as essential for understanding the constraints and impasses that constitute the debate around the administrative reforms of the State? Can they present useful solutions?

Throughout the twentieth century, the theme of the Administrative Reform was of considerable importance at international level, being a global phenomenon to which Portugal was not immune. Around it, different concepts, practices, approaches and objectives have evolved, adapted to the time and space in which they developed. Also in line with the current conceptions of the role, functions and competencies of the State, as well as to the needs and goals of public administrations, up to the evolution of the Administrative Sciences and to the impact of the notions related to modernization and increasing of efficiency in administrative work. Also, the logic of action of some organizations, such as the International Institute of Administrative Sciences, the UN, the OECE/OCDE, with its regular congresses and round tables, study missions and technical assistance, contributed to international reflection on these subjects for their application adapted to national realities to publications and technics’ and consequent transfer of knowledge.

As pretext of commemorating the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Secretariat for Administrative Reform in Portugal (1967) is time to reflect on the national and international reforms that took place during the 20th century and aimed to make them more adapted to their objectives and needs.

In this way, the meeting seeks to constitute a moment of reflection on these issues, considering its multiple dynamics at national and international level, in a multidisciplinary perspective..

Thematic axes:

  • Functions of the State and Administrative Organization
  • Administrative evolution: continuities and reform process
  • Concepts, objectives and methodologies
  • Spaces, levels and actors
  • Colonials administrations
  • Exchange, Internationalization and transfer of knowledge..

The meeting gathers interventions uttered by invited speakers and the presentation of communications submitted through call for papers.

Official languages

Portuguese, Spanish and English. There will be no simultaneous translation.

Send: Abstract (400 words) and biographic note (150 words) to public.adm.meeting@gmail.com

Deadline for proposals: 28 February 2018

CALL FOR PAPERS (PDF)

Registration

  • 15€ – students
  • 25€ – other researchers

Organizing committee

  • Adolfo Cueto, IHC - NOVA FCSH / UNED
  • Ana Carina Azevedo, IHC - NOVA FCSH
  • Ângela Salgueiro, IHC - NOVA FCSH - UÉ
  • Cristina Rodrigues, IHC - NOVA FCSH

Scientific commission

  • Ana Carina Azevedo, IHC - NOVA FCSH
  • Ana Paula Pires, IHC - NOVA FCSH
  • Gema Sánchez Medero, Complutense University of Madrid
  • Maria Asensio Menchero, Direcção-Geral da Administração e do Emprego Público / CIES-IUL
  • Nuno Ivo Gonçalves, ISCTE/IUL / Aposentado da Administração Pública
  • Pedro Aires Oliveira, IHC - NOVA FCSH
  • Rubén Sánchez Medero, Carlos III University, Madrid

Places

  • Lisbon, Portugal

Date(s)

  • Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Keywords

  • administração pública, governo, colonialismo

Contact(s)

  • Ana Azevedo
    courriel : public [dot] adm [dot] meeting [at] gmail [dot] com

Information source

  • Diana Barbosa
    courriel : comunicacao [dot] ihc [at] fcsh [dot] unl [dot] pt

To cite this announcement

« In search for efficiency? », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Wednesday, December 06, 2017, http://calenda.org/424786