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Workshop in the Department of Politics and Public Administration

The State and Public Administration: Have Instruments of Governance Outrun Governments?

Are the instruments of public administration and governance, especially instruments like contracts, partnerships, networks and other alliances, outrunning the ability of governments to control them? What are the implications for legitimacy when governments are unable to control and monitor those who act in their name? As increasing use is made of proxies to advance the goals of the state, is the state’s governance capacity and legitimacy being significantly reduced? What kind of state is needed in order to ensure appropriate capacity and more trust in a stronger pursuit of the public interest? Of particular interest are the actors (who is doing what), institutions-organisations (how strategies and tactics of government connect policy with the people), and events (how performance problems and political developments shape the strategies of political leaders and the views of citizens). A significant emphasis will be on the ecology of these forces, and how they interact.

Papers presented at the Workshop will subsequently comprise Special Issues of the Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration (APJPA), which will be guest edited by Professor Brinton Milward, School of Government and Public Policy, University of Arizona. The APJPA website is accessible at:

Workshop Programme

Date: 14 (Monday)- 15 (Tuesday) September 2015

Time: 9.00am

Venue : Social Sciences Chamber, 11/F, The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong

Presentations prepared by:

Professor Carsten Daugbjerg
Australian National University
Professor Dan Guttman
Tsinghua University
Professor Michael Howlett
National University of Singapore
Professor Adrian Kay
Australian National University
Professor Donald Kettl
University of Maryland
Professor Jack Knott
University of Southern California
Professor Brinton Milward,
University of Arizona
Dr. Ishani Muhkerjee
National University of Singapore
Professor Guy Peters
University of Pittsburgh
Professor Jon Pierre
University of Gothenburg
Professor Eric Schwartz
University of Minnesota
Professor Ian Thynne
University of Hong Kong & Australian National University

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