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International Research Society for Public Management Regional Conference

Public Management for the Development of South and Central Americas

FINATEC - University of Brasília, 9 - 11 May 2011

Conference organizer logos.Latin America is entering a crucial part of its history: global competition is pushing aggressively for acute transformations in the economic and political arenas. Simple or discursive “modernization” efforts are clearly not enough if the region really wishes to compete and resolve effectively the incorporation of their people in the virtuous circle of development, democratization, and prosperity. The role of government is crucial, no doubt. Some voices are calling for the “return of government” into the debate. However, it is not a simple return for any kind of government intervention. It is very clear by now that the simple intervention of government is not necessarily the solution. Fortunately enough, there are several examples in Latin America of important governmental transformations which go beyond a rhetorical compromise: new NGOs-governmental partnerships, public programs trying to create governments driven by results and performance, public organizations responsible to grant access to high quality public information, governmental efforts looking to strengthening effective and innovative mechanisms of accountability, governmental and citizens initiatives which actually build new governance mechanisms and participatory dynamics, among other critical experiences happening all around the sub continent.

Call for Papers

This call for papers for the IRSMP Regional Conference Latin America invites to present proposals – in the form of an expanded abstract with no more than two pages that discuss, criticize, and analyze experiences, cases or programs of transformation of Latin American public sector which seems to go beyond a rhetorical modernization attempt. Sharing theses experiences, with its own series of successes and failures, in a solid analytical way, will be extremely useful for the theory and practice of international public management, particularly in Latin America.

We request that you submit an expanded abstract in our webpage ( In your abstract, please reference the Track in which you would like to present your paper.

  • The closing date for all abstract submission is November 13th, 2010.
  • Authors will be notified of the outcome of their submissions by January 8th, 2010.
  • Presenters are required to provide their final paper to the Organizing Committee by March 31st, 2010.
  • For further details, please refer to our conference website:

List of tracks

Paper proposals are invited which address a key theme in the theory or practice of public management. Papers are particularly encouraged in the following areas:

  • Building and implementing the development agenda: tools, approaches and methodologies.
  • Budgeting by results in Latin America: what is working, what is not, and why?
  • Management and Performance: what has been done?
  • Audit and control systems: performance, compliance or both?
  • Conflict of interests: smart and learning systems and tactics to control and avoid it. How are we fighting corruption? Are we loosing or winning the battle against corruption?
  • Transparency of governmental information: how to make transparency an endogenous value in public sector?
  • How are public managers dealing with disasters in South and Central America?
  • Public service motivation in Latin America: Does it influence public sector performance?
  • NGOs roles in public service and public policy: are they enablers or constrainers?
  • How do we build and improve leadership?
  • Are there innovative coproduction initiatives? How de we improve citizen’s engagement and participation?
  • Outsourcing and private sector engagement in public services delivery: are we doing the right thing?
  • How do we make government more accessible through e-government?
  • What progress have we made regarding the acquisition of goods and services? Is there a trend?
  • Public personnel and civil service management: from overregulation and distrust toward a capable and flexible bureaucracy in Latin America

Scientific Committee

Alketa Peci - EBAPE/FGV
Carla Bronzo - FJP/MG
Claudia N. Avellaneda - UNC-Charlotte
David Arellano Gault - CIDE
Élvia Fadul - UFBA
Humberto Martins - Instituto Publix
Ricardo C. Gomes - UnB
Sandro Cabral - UFBA
Sonia Ospina - NYU Wagner School of Public Service
Tarsila Velloso - World Bank


Professor Stephen P. Osborne - University of Edinburgh - IRSPM
Dr. Francisco Gaetani - Ministry of Planning, Brazil

Organizing Committee

Prof. Ricardo Corrêa Gomes - Local Conference Organizer
PPGA - Departamento de Administração, Universidade de Brasília
[email protected]

Mr. Lamartine Vieira Braga - Assistant
PPGA - Departamento de Administração, Universidade de Brasília
[email protected]