The 5th Public Governance Forum in Greater China

March 8th, 2017 •

Call for Proposal: Evidence-based Policy Making in Greater China and Australia

Hosted by the Dr. Seaker Chan Center for Comparative Political Development Studies, Fudan University, Shanghai, China

Oct 21-22, 2017


  • Public Service Research Group, University of New South Wales
  • Department of Public Policy, City University of Hong Kong
  • Institute of Public Affairs, Taiwan University
  • Melbourne School of Government, University of Melbourne
  • School of International Relations and Public Affairs, Fudan University
  • School of Public Management, Renmin University

The theme

Evidence-Based Policy Making (EBPM) has emerged as an important idea whereby scientific evidence is used to empower and discipline public policy making. EBPM has gained traction in a number of local, national and regional governments around the world.  Founded on assumptions of instrumental rationalism, EBPM is seen as an important way to strengthen the capacities of governments. However, we have not seen unfettered support for EBPM and such approaches have been criticized for neglecting the political and institutional contexts that fundamentally shape the production and functioning of policy-related knowledge.  Moreover, it may not always be quite as simple as assumed to access high quality ‘objective’ evidence, particularly for complex policy problems.   Recent public sector changes in the UK, the USA, and other jurisdictions have instead revealed a disposition toward value-based policy making. 

The EBPM approach and the debates over it echo the dilemma of policy making in China where scientification and democratisation have been the two officially-announced fundamental principles of policy making. As a result of rapid modernization,  Chinese society is in urgent need of high-quality policy supplies in response to complex socioeconomic issues such as economic and financial stabilization and innovation, domestic migration, population development, social welfare, environmental preservation, and regional development. China's huge size and local variation make policy making and implementation more difficult. In the faces of these challenges research is needed in order to allow us realize and reconcile scientification and democratization for the contemporary era.

In developed countries, the two principles of scientification and democratisation are called into question. The growing skepticism towards experts, the rise of anti-establishment politics within democracies, as well as with increasing contestation within many international institutions contribute to a deconsolidation of expertise supporting public policies, from science policy to economic and social policy. As a result, we need to better understand what determines the legitimacy of expert knowledge in policy making, to identify who are the trusted experts today and to analyze the threats of an independent expertise. In the current environment of ‘post-truth politics’, we need to better understand how new developments (such as inequalities and populism) interact with expertise, generating doubts about and providing alternatives to expert knowledge and EBPM.  

The proposed conference aims to discuss in depth EBPM-related issues in Greater China and Australia from multiple perspectives. Both theoretical and empirical papers are welcome. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Institutional contexts and the creation, dissemination, and utilization of evidence
  • Access of evidence to the policy system
  • Experts, citizens, and bureaucratic-political insiders in EBPM
  • Quality of evidence and its evaluation
  • Competitive evidence supply and selective use of evidence
  • The innovation, accountability, and life cycle of evidence
  • Values and evidence in policy making
  • Evidence of EBPM in various policy sectors
  • Comparative studies of Greater China and Australia


The Department of Public Policy of City University of Hong Kong, the Institute of Public Affairs of Taiwan University, the Melbourne School of Government of University of Melbourne, the School of International Relations and Public Affairs of Fudan University, the School of Public Management of Renmin University, and the Public Service Research Group, University of New South Wales co-sponsor this conference. The conference is also the 5th of the annual Public Governance Forum in Greater China (两岸三地公共治理学术论坛) that started in 2013.

The conference will be hosted by the Dr. Seaker Chan Center for Comparative Political Development Studies of Fudan University.


Abstracts should be submitted by 15 April 2017 and will be acknowledged. Participants will be notified of acceptance within one month. Please send all abstract submissions to Please note that abstracts must be a maximum of 500 words, plus a maximum of five indicative references (not a full reference list) and five keywords. Author information shall be provided as well.

Full papers shall be submitted by email by 25th Sep 2017. Papers shall have a maximum length of about 8,000 words (everything included) and follow AJPA reference style.

Any initial enquiries about the conference should be directed to


All papers presented at the conference will be eligible for review for a special issue of Australian Journal of Public Administration on “Evidence-based Policy Making in Greater China and Australia”. Papers may also be considered for an edited book in the Palgrave book series Governing China in the 21 Century.

Papers shall follow the reference style of Australian Journal of Public Administration.

Guest editors 

Helen Dickinson, University of New South Wales

Yijia Jing, Fudan University

Janine O'Flynn, University of Melbourne


There is no registration fee. Local accommodation including meals and hotel will be provided by the host during the conference.

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IRSPM Conference Program and Registration

January 31st, 2017 •

A preliminary program for the 2017 IRSPM conference is now available on the conference website ( The detail/full program will be published soon. For accepted Authors, you can submit the full papers and presentations using the Ex Ordo system from February 10. Note that registration for the conference is a precondition for submitting a full paper. Submission of the presentation will be available only for Authors who have "presenting" status in the Ex Ordo system. The Early-Bird registration closes on February, 10.

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Abstract deadline for IRSPM in Budapest has been extended until 31 October!

October 19th, 2016 •

The abstract submission deadline for the 21st Annual IRSPM Conference has been extended until 31st of October 2016 upon the request of the panel chairs. You can submit your abstract through the Ex Ordo system. Please use your email address to log in to your account or to create a new one. The deadline for abstract submission is 15th of October 2016.

You can find the Call for Abstracts here.

We hope to see you in Budapest!

Organizing Committee of the 21st Annual IRSPM Conference

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Faculty Positions at Maxwell School

September 21st, 2016 •

Assistant and Associate Professor Positions
Public Administration, Public Management, and Nonprofit Management
Department of Public Administration and International Affairs
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University

The Department of Public Administration and International Affairs at the Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs seeks to fill multiple positions in the areas of public administration, public management, and nonprofit management. Appointments at the Assistant and Associate levels are available.

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Open Rank Faculty Positions at SUNY Albany

August 6th, 2016 •

Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor (Public Management)
Department of Public Administration & Policy
Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy
University at Albany, State University of New York

The Department of Public Administration & Policy in the University at Albany’s Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy invites applications for 2 full-time, tenure-track public management positions at the rank of assistant, associate, or full professor beginning fall 2017. Candidates should be effective teachers and must be strongly committed to excellence in scholarly research. Faculty in Rockefeller College are expected to pursue an active research program, teach and supervise undergraduate and graduate students, and engage in service activities.

We welcome applications from candidates engaged in high-quality public management research and who employ a variety of methodological approaches. Candidates conducting research on collaboration, contracting, organizational behavior and theory, performance management, or strategic management are especially encouraged to apply.

Applicants must have a PhD by September 1, 2017. The successful candidate will likely have a doctorate in public administration, public management, public affairs, or an allied field such as sociology and psychology. Senior applicants should have a well-established research program; junior applicants should have a trajectory that suggests a tenurable research record is likely. Experience obtaining grants is also a plus.

Additionally, applicants must 1) be able to teach core public administration and management graduate and undergraduate courses, 2) be willing and able to mentor graduate and undergraduate students, 3) be able or have the potential to fulfill the mission and goals of Rockefeller College, and 4) possess excellent communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing. Salary will be commensurate with the candidate’s experience and qualifications. Please apply online via

Applicants must also submit the following materials:

  • A cover letter addressed to Edmund C. Stazyk, Chair of the Search Committee
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A writing sample
  • Teaching evaluations (associate and full faculty need only submit teaching evaluations for the past 4 semesters)
  • Three letters of recommendation and graduate transcripts, emailed to
  • Applicants must address in their application their ability to work with culturally diverse populations. A PhD must be from a college or university accredited by the US Department of Education or an internationally recognized accrediting organization.

Review of applications will begin on October 1, and will continue until the position is filled.

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