“Crisis Management from within:
Governing Chaotic Situations”
Second Global Conference on Public Policy and
Administration in the Middle East
November 14 and 15, 2013
Call for Papers
The Association for Middle
Eastern Public Policy and Administration (AMEPPA) is pleased to
announce the convening of its Second Conference on November 14 and 15, 2013,
at Atılım University in Ankara, Turkey. The conference is also the Second
Global Conference on Public Policy and Administration in the Middle East.
We are asking scholars both in
the Middle East and around the world to participate in this important
conference and be part of a scholarly movement dedicated to public service and
public interest in the Middle East. Professionals and academics from all
countries and territories and of all nationalities are welcome to participate
as presenters (upon acceptance of an abstract or panel) and as conference
Since the conference will be organized in several themes, the reviewers
will be looking for a number of key features in proposals for papers:
· Abstracts should be directly related to one of the themes and strongly
related to one or more than one Middle Eastern
· Abstracts should show evidence of theoretical and conceptual underpinning
for the proposed paper.
· Papers should be empirically based with evidence of new findings from
research by the author(s) or direct
involvement with the experience being
reported; purely reflective/theoretical/conceptual/hypothetical papers are
strongly discouraged and will not be accepted.
· There should be evidence that the proposed paper emerges from or related to
contemporary debate within the public
policy and administration sphere,
Proposals are accepted in English, Turkish, and Arabic. It is not necessary
for a proposal to have all of these features, but it should have most of
Crisis Management from within: Governing Chaotic
Ongoing upsurge of social
movements and state restructuring in the Middle East in recent times have left
nearly all academicians and practitioners in disarray, regarding scholarly
recognition of the continuing turmoil with the help of a kaleidoscope of
existing intellectual instruments and tool-kits. While on the one hand, there
are optimistic approaches that perceive latest commotions as the last steps
towards further modernization, there are also pessimistic perspectives that anxiously
try to depict the trajectory of the change for coming years and generations. These
two seemingly distinct positions are struggling to posit emergent chaotic
situation within a meaningful frame of understanding in order to attest novelty
of their positions and to identify a sound basis of analysis. Eventually, we
see increased interaction among scholars from various countries and networks,
an incrementalist effort to link incidences that cut across different scales of
government and different sectors of societies. From local government level and
urban life to regional bodies, from regional bodies to national state apparatus
and even supra-national formations, the chaotic nature of change brings about
search for models, new and innovative ways of looking into and prescribing the
path to peace and prosperity in the Middle East. It can even be argued that, this caused a
convergence of different disciplines into public policy making and state
But will these ongoing chaotic
situations, spread in a number of nations in the Region, be handled to giving a
way to stabilized and prosperous social life? Or, could it be possible to
govern these chaotic situations solely with the help of the Middle East’s own
historical experience with state-society relations, government institutions,
models and theoretical accounts, without entirely depending upon the help and
thinking of the advanced western nations? These questions are especially
related to the capacities of public administrators all over the Region to bring
hope, based on their own accumulation and sharing of experiences regarding
international conference will provide a welcoming venue for academics and
practitioners, coming from a diverse array of backgrounds, to come together to
explore how public policy and administration professionals, together with
scholars from other disciplines can contribute to the region's transformation.
The conference will present emerging ideas, new lessons from experience, and
timely research findings to shape public policy and administration.
Within each of these areas,
AMEPPA's International Conference will continue to explore the
dynamics of models and experiences from within at various scales lead by
diverse range of actors and institutions that can address the chaotic
situations at hand. Leading voices in public policy and administration will
present their perspectives on these challenges. Panels of scholars and
practitioners will present the results of recent research and practice.
Papers and proposals for panel
presentations are welcomed, including case studies, survey research, best
practices, and comparative analyses between and among countries. We
particularly welcome evidence-based proposals that focus on themes and the
sub-themes within the public policy and public administration fields identified
below as well as perspectives from practitioners that highlight experiences in
innovation and change management.
Permanent Track: "Sound Governance: the Key to Peace and Prosperity in
the Middle East"
the follow-up of the former AMEPPA’s Conference and keeping track of
the studies presented in it, from the Second Conference onwards, there will be
a permanent track of sound governance the Key to Peace and Prosperity in the
Middle East. In this track, studies furthering the research presented in former
Conferences will find an opportunity to be disseminated in front of a wider
audience. There might also be a follow-up session to be organized.
· Governance and Public Policy in the Middle East:
Global Assimilation or Preserving Historical Identity?
· Public Administration and Civilization: Celebrating
the Past and Exploring the Future.
· Governance in Middle East: An Interdisciplinary
Interaction at the Crossroads of International Relations, Politics,
and Public Administration.
· Innovation and Creativity for Chaotic Situations in
the Middle East: Search for Prescriptions and Perspectives
· Civil Responses and Initiatives towards Restructuring Public
Administration in the Middle East.
· Spatial and Organizational Challenges and Responses to
the Governing Chaos in the Middle East.
Announcement of the Conference: March
Deadline for Sending Abstracts: May
Notification for Accepted Papers and Panels: July 17, 2013
E-mail Correspondence for questions, abstract and panel submissions: