3 Global Conference on Public Policy and Administration in the
SECTOR GOVERNANCE IN THE MIDDLE EAST
AND MANAGEMENT OF REFORM (RE)CONSIDERED
by the American University of Beirut
Sponsored by the Section on Effective and Sound Administration in the Middle East (SESAME) at the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA)
The Association for Middle Eastern Public Policy and
Administration (AMEPPA) is pleased to announce the Third Global Conference on
Public Policy and Administration in the Middle East. This conference will
convene at the American University of Beirut on December 5 – 6, 2014 in Beirut, Lebanon.
Despite long-standing calls to strengthen public sector governance
throughout the Middle East, recommendations for reform have often been ignored,
dismissed as impractical, or poorly implemented.
Recent events, however, have reinvigorated
discussions about the effectiveness and responsiveness of public institutions throughout
the region. These events have generated unprecedented challenges for policy-makers
and public administrators and unique opportunities to (re)consider the design
and management of governance reforms.
In light of these developments, the conference committee welcomes
paper and panel proposals that contribute to the design and management of governance
reforms throughout the Middle East. Proposals may employ case study designs, quantitative,
qualitative or social network methods, comparative analyses, and investigations
of best practices. Although papers and panel proposals that fall within the conference
tracks are especially encouraged, all proposals relevant to the overall theme of
the conference will be considered.
Governance: Cultivating Transparency,
Accountability and Institutional Effectiveness
and Complexity: Designing Robust and Resilient
Policy Solutions to Wicked
Making and Process: Developing
Region Relevant Frameworks, Theories and Models
Society and Civic Engagement:
Strengthening Collaboration and Service Delivery
Development and Reform: Moving
Beyond Critiques and Criticisms
Service Education: Preparing the Scholars, Managers
and Leaders of Tomorrow
Submission of Proposals
Proposals and papers may be written in
either Arabic or English, and must be submitted to Dr. Samir Rihaniat
AMEPPA2014@gmail.com by July 1, 2014.
Individual paper proposals should be approximately
one page, identify a recommended conference track, and include the title of the
paper, a description of the paper and the underlying research, and the names, institutional
affiliations, and contact information of the authors.
Panel proposals are particularly encouraged.
Panel proposals should be no more than three pages in length, identify a
recommended conference track, and include the titles of the papers, a
description of the papers and their underlying research, and names, institutional
affiliations, and contact information of the authors.
Preference will be given to proposals that:
1) relate to one of the six conference tracks
2) relate to one or more Middle Eastern
3) relate to contemporary debates within the public policy
and administration spheres, broadly defined
4) are theoretically and
Authors and panel conveners will be
notified of their acceptance or rejection by June 15, 2014. If circumstances
prevent attendance, the conference
that authors have their paper delivered by a co-author or substitute.
Students and Junior Scholars
The conference committee would like to invite graduate
students and junior scholars interested in public policy and public
administration in the Middle East to submit paper and panel proposals.
Fees and Expenses
In line with AMEPPA’s commitment to expand
public service activities in the Middle East, conference participants are not
charged membership or conference registration fees, but are strongly encouraged
to join AMEPPA (which remains free of charge). Participants are responsible for
organizing their own travel and lodging arrangements, and for covering the
costs and expenses associated with such arrangements.
Authors will receive the opportunity to have their papers
published in the Proceedings of the 3
Global Conference on Public Policy and Administration in the Middle East. Authors
may also be invited to submit their papers as a chapter in a peer reviewed book
on Governance Issues in the Middle East, which will be edited by Dr. Alexander
Dawoody and published by Cambridge Scholars.
Additional opportunities may also arise for the publication of papers as edited
volumes or a special issue in academic journals related to the Middle East.
About the American University of
Founded in 1866,
the American University of Beirut bases its educational philosophy, standards,
and practices on the American liberal arts model of higher education. A
teaching-centered research university, AUB has around 700 instructional
faculty and a student body of around 8,000 students.
encourages freedom of thought and expression and seeks to graduate men and
women committed to creative and critical thinking, life-long learning, personal
integrity, civic responsibility, and leadership.
The University currently
offers more than 120 programs leading to the bachelor's, master's, MD, and PhD
The University became coeducational in 1922; its student body is 50
percent male and 50 percent female. At
the end of June 2011, the number of degrees and diplomas awarded since June
1870 totaled 82,032.
For more information about the American University
of Beirut, please visit: www.aub.edu.lb.