It is an honour to be the President of IRSPM. In the last decade IRSPM has gradually built itself into a significant and flourishing international research community of public management researchers that come from all over the world: a platform where researcher exchange research finding and discuss new topics but also a platform where experienced researchers meet young researchers.
Our annual conference is a very important vehicle in that but IRSPM will also stimulate and support other (regional) initiatives that are helpful to build and grow public management research and our society in particular. Whenever possible we will seek co-operation with other societies and research communities.
I will do everything in my power the coming years to further stimulate IRSPM as platform and sustaining its high quality and looking forward to co-operate with you to achieve this aim.
Erik Hans Klijn
Professor of Public Administration
Erasmus University Rotterdam