Vale Christopher Pollitt

July 5th, 2018 •

The academic public management community is mourning the passing of Prof. dr. Christopher Pollitt. He was a prolific scholar across a number of different areas but is best known for his decades of scholarly work on New Public Management and performance management in particular. 

Many IRSPM members know Christopher personally, far more know his impressive body of scholarship, and all will no doubt be saddened to hear of his passing. He was awarded the Routledge Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Public Management Research by the society in 2008.

During the last few months, the IRSPM board has been in touch with Christopher to seek his blessing for naming our annual best conference paper prize after him. I am happy to announce that he agreed to this, and from 2019, we will be presenting this prize named for him, each year at the conference.

I know that many IRSPM members have met and worked with him over the years, and will be deeply affected by this news.

On behalf of the IRSPM board, I offer condolences to his family and friends and to his many colleagues around the world. 

Prof. Jenny M Lewis, President of IRSPM

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Call for Panels IRSPM 2019 Conference in Wellington

April 28th, 2018 •

Call for panels

On behalf of the Scientific and Organising Committee for the 23rd Annual IRSPM Conference, which is being held at Victoria University of Wellington from 16-18 April 2019, we cordially invite you to submit proposals on conference panels. The conference theme for 2019 is 'ReNewing Public Management for Stewardship, Innovation and Impact'.

IRSPM uses a two-stage process in compiling the conference programme. This first stage is for PANEL proposals. The Scientific Committee will evaluate these in terms of their contribution both to our research community and to the coherence of the Conference programme. In the second stage, successful panel chairs will then be invited to circulate a 'call for papers' for their panel, both through the conference web-site and their own networks.  

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IRSPM 2019 Conference

November 9th, 2017 •

IRSPM 2019 Conference (April 16-18, 2019)

Renewing Public Management for Stewardship, Innovation and Impact

School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington
The 2019 IRSPM Annual Conference will be held in Wellington, New Zealand and organized by the School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington. New Zealand is well known as a pioneer in many aspects of public management and governance. The appetite for public sector innovation continues apace guided by sound stewardship and driven by demonstrable impact.  At the centre of this activity is Wellington, a compact, lively capital city that  offers an unparalleled opportunity to directly engage with parliament and most of the government agencies.  Strategically located in the heart of  the capital, the School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington, invites you to join us in the ‘coolest capital city in the world’ in April 2019.
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Abstract Submission Deadline for 2018 IRSPM Conference

October 10th, 2017 •

The deadline to submit abstracts for the 2018 IRSPM Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland has been extended to October 30th. To submit an abstract please visit and follow the instructions. We expect to notify authors the outcome of their submission by the end of November 2017.  If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact:

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Call for Abstracts: 2018 IRSPM Conference

September 13th, 2017 •

XXII IRSPM 2018 Annual Conference

University of Edinburgh Business School, Edinburgh, Scotland

11th – 13th April 2018

On behalf of the Organising and Scientific Committees for the 22nd Annual IRSPM Conference, which is being held at the University of Edinburgh Business School from 11th – 13th April 2018, we invite you to submit an abstract on the conference theme: Creating and co-creating value in public service delivery’

We particularly welcome papers on this theme – but there are also a range of other dedicated and open panels that cover issues of importance to the public management and public administration research communities. There is also an ‘Open Track’ for papers that do not fit into one of the existing panel themes.  The list and description of conference panels can be accessed here.

The IRSPM 2018 Conference will feature around 40 panels, grouped under the following topics:

  • Conference Spinal Panel on the Co-creation of Value and Co-production
  • Panels Related to the Conference Theme
  • Special Interest Groups
  • Dedicated Panels
  • ‘Advances in Public Management Methodology’ Panels
  • Open Conference Panels

Submission of Abstracts

To submit an abstract please visit and follow the instructions. Abstract submission is now open and the deadline is 20th October.  Authors will be notified of the outcome by 24th November 2017.  If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact:

Key Deadlines

20th October 2017                      Abstract Submission Deadline

24th November 2017                 Author Notification

24th November 2017                 Early bird registration opens

16th February 2018                    Early bird registration closes

16th March 2018                         Deadline for papers

11th – 13th April 2018                 IRSPM 2018 conference

Scientific Committee

Stephen Osborne, University of Edinburgh Business School, UK

Sophie Flemig, University of Edinburgh Business School, UK

Marisa de Andrade, University of Edinburgh, UK
Rona Beattie, Glasgow Caledonian Business School, UK
Adina Dudau, University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School, UK
Kimberley Roussin Isett, Georgia Tech University, USA
Tobias Jung, University of St Andrews, UK
Ines Mergel, University of Konstanz, Germany
Greta Nasi, Bocconi University, Italy
Madeline Powell, University of Sheffield Business School, UK
Rolf Roning, University College, Norway
Ichiro Tsukamoto, Meiji University, Japan

Stephen P Osborne & Sophie Flemig

Co-Hosts of IRSPM 2018.

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