Proposed Amendments to IRSPM Constitution

October 16th, 2018 •

Following the discussion about the election procedures of the IRSPM executive board during the annual general meeting at the 2018 IRSPM Conference in Edinburgh, a sub-committee was formed to review the election procedures and propose amendments.  The committee has reviewed the procedures and proposed some changes to the Article 4 of the IRSPM Constitution. The proposal is yet to be approved by the IRSPM members. The revised/proposed texts are shown below. Any questions and concerns about the proposed changes should be sent to the IRSPM Secretary, Ileana Steccolini at     

Article 4:  Election of the Office-bearers and their Tenure

 4.4    The vice-presidents for each geographic region shall have their main place of work in that region. Nominations for regional vice-presidents shall have both a proposer and a seconder from that region.  If no nominations from a particular region are received then that post will be held vacant until the next round of elections. In the interim the EB will have the power to co-opt a Society member to one of these vacant posts provided that (i) their main place of work is in that region (ii) the co-optation shall only last until the next round of elections for the EB (iii) no member of the Society may be a co-opted regional member of the EB more than twice in any six year period (iv) co-opted members of the EB will be eligible to stand for election for any post on the EB in the Board elections following their co-optation.

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Call for Abstracts: 2019 IRSPM Conference

September 3rd, 2018 •

Call for abstracts 

On behalf of the organising and scientific committees for the XXIII Annual Conference of the International Research Society for Public Management taking place 16 - 18 April 2019 in Wellington, New Zealand, we invite you to submit an abstract on the conference theme ReNewing Public Management for Stewardship, Innovation and Impact. 

We particularly welcome abstracts on this theme – but there are also a range of other panels that cover issues of importance to the public management and public administration research communities. There is also an open panel for papers that do not fit into one of the existing panels. The list and description of conference panels can be accessed below. The IRSPM 2019 conference will feature around 40 panels. The online submission system will open on 9/11. For more information about the call and submission process, go to

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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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