Strive, Adapt, Maintain: Resilience of Governance Systems

2018 Congress of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences, 25-29 June, Tunis, Tunisia


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Strive, Adapt, Maintain: Resilience of Governance Systems

In today’s world, crises are following one another at a high tempo: once exceptional and time-bound, natural disasters, terrorist attacks, economic recessions and political transitions are increasingly becoming a permanent feature of contemporary public life.

Accordingly, the challenge governance systems are faced with is shifting from how to properly address specific crises to how to routinely deal with the unexpected.

The concept of administrative resilience captures this shift where complex problem solving is becoming the core business of governance systems.

Resilient governance systems have strong connections with their environment allowing detecting relevant signals. They have routine procedures to process such signals into anticipatory and mitigating measures. They are used to deal with situations where information is incomplete or contested.

In 2018, the Congress of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences focuses on the theme of administrative resilience. It hereby helps to understand the conditions under which governance systems can better absorb shocks and improve human wellbeing.

330 accepted abstracts were collected in 27 tracks, clustered into four subthemes and an open track:

All calls-for-papers are compiled here

New Public Governance

Walking into the footsteps of Herbert Simon’s “Administrative Proverbs” seminal publication (1946), Christopher Hood and Michael Jackson (1991) classified the numerous normative propositions as to how public administration should be organized in three ideal-types (Hood, 1991):

- A Weberian public administration model, pursuing the value of rectitude through due process, clear instructions and hierarchy;

- The New Public Management model pursuing the value of frugality by emphasizing output steering, competition, specialization and private sector management tools;

- The New Public Governance model (Osborne, 2006; Pollitt & Bouckaert, 2017), pursuing the value of resilience and stressing notably collaboration, participation, learning, and openness.

The tracks clustered in this subtheme all share a common emphasis on the values and principles of this latter model of New Public Governance.

Short Title Chairs Partner institution Full Title Accepted Abstracts Call-for-papers
Public-private Partnerships Sara Valaguzza, Francesco Goisis, Annamaria La Chimia European Association for Public-Private Partnerships PPP: Governing Complexity through Public-private Cooperation 21
Capacity-Building Bianor Scelza Cavalcanti, Leonardo Castellón Rodríguez, Marizaura Reis de Souza Camões & Ana Amélia da Silva International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration Resilience as a Key Guiding Principle in Public Sector: The Role of Schools and Institutes of Administration 17
Inclusive Governance Scott Brenton & Jennifer Curtin What Does Inclusive Governance Look Like? 16
Community Governance Xingan Yu Community Governance and Administrative Resilience 9
Meeting Sophie Thunus Time for Meeting 8
Diversity and Inequality Ana Amélia da Silva & Marlise Matos Diversity and Inequality as Challenges to Contemporary Public Administration 7
Relations avec le citoyen Insaf Gargouri Les relations nouvelles entre l’administration et le citoyen 7
Ethics Muhammad Ahmed Qadri Capacity Building in Ethics: A case for Strengthening Internal Control for Administrative Resilience 5

Risks, Crises and Disasters Management

Resilience thinking originates in the field of disasters management, where it refers to the capacity of absorbing shocks, mitigating consequences and bouncing back.

By extension, it came to be applied to all crises situations, whether they have a natural (earthquake), health (SARS, Ebola and other pandemics), financial (Euro-crisis) or human origin.

With its focus on risk management, the concept of resilient organization (Boin & van Eeten, 2013) adds a proactive dimension of prevention to the traditionally reactive one of alleviation of negative consequences.

The tracks clustered in this thematic approach aim at managing risks in order to prevent their occurrence or mitigate their effects

Short Title Chairs Partner institution Full Title Accepted Abstracts Call-for-papers
Science, Law and Risk Loredana Nada Elvira Giani & Aristide Police Science, Law and Risk: Ideas for a Resilient Institutional System 26
Urban Disaster Management Amitava Basu Building Resilience for Urban Disaster Management 19
Financial Resilience Carmela Barbera, Céline Du Boys, Sanja Korac, Iris Saliterer & Ileana Steccolini Financial Resilience of Governmental, Quasi-governmental and Hybrid Entities 12
2.3. Financial Resilience (Barbera et al.) Ishaq Mohammed Amin AlKooheji, Dana Abdulla AlBuarki & Faisal Isa AlKhayyat Administrative Resilience: Opportunities and Challenges 9
Terrorism Marius Bertolucci & Claude Tiberghien Administrative Resilience of Public Organizations Against Terrorism 7

Sustainable Development Goals

As a scientific concept, resilience has a strong tradition in the field of environmental studies, where it refers to the (dis)equilibrium between natural and human systems (Duit, 2016).

This approach underscores the very idea of sustainable development, balancing between ecological, economic and social imperatives.

In 2015, the United Nations member states subscribed to sustainable development, setting for themselves 17 goals (SDGs) to be achieved by 2030. In 2018, it is through the concept of resilience that the United Nations will examine progresses made towards the SDGs related to clean water and sanitation (6), affordable and clean energy (7), sustainable cities and communities (11), responsible consumption and production (12), life on land (15) and partnerships for the goals (17).

Through the tracks clustered into this thematic approach, the IIAS reaffirms its commitment to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals from a public administration perspective.

Short Title Chairs Partner institution Full Title Accepted Abstracts
Localizing the SDGs Najat Zarrouk & Anna Simonati African Local Governments Academy & Italian National Section of IIAS Localizing the Sustainable Development Goals 24
Islamic Finance Paolo Biancone, Luigi Corvo, Aly Korshid & Marco Meneguzzo Islamic and Social Finance: Comparing Policies and Solutions for Funding Public Infrastructures and Social Services at Global Level 19
Green Governance and Environmental Resilience Rachel Emas & George Labaki Administrative and Environmental Resilience for Sustainable Development 11
Health Sophie Thunus Healthcare Systems in Transition 8
Population Ageing Hiroko Kudo, Raymond Saner, Lichia Saner-Yiu & Yifan Yang How to Enable “Productive Ageing”? Policy Options 7
Research and Innovation Khalil Amiri Governance of Research and Innovation in Transitional Contexts 7
Best Practices Khaoula Labidi & Steve Troupin Call for Good Practices in the Public Sector for the SDGs 6

* shared sessions with "Meetings" track

Political and Administrative Resilience

This thematic stream follows the works of Nathan (2003) who examined, through the concept of resilience, why certain political regimes were able to adapt and maintain themselves while other collapsed. The differing outcomes of Arab Spring’s cases (Anderson, 2016; Dalacoura, 2012; Goldstone, 2011; Stepan, 2012) and the recent rise, in the West, of populist leaders (Cox, 2017; Roberts, 2017).

The tracks clustered in this subtheme examine the impact of governance reforms and evolutions on the resilience of political-administrative systems:

Short Title Chairs Partner institution Full Title Accepted Abstracts Call-for-papers
African Governance Steve Troupin & Ukertor Gabriel Moti AAPAM-IIAS Taskforce for Public Administration Research Capacities in Africa African Governance Systems : Beyond Neo-patrimonialism 23
Corruption Jean-Patrick Villeneuve, Giulia Mugellini & Jepser Johnson Evaluating and Understanding Administrative Corruption 12
Quality, Integrity and Resilience Leo Huberts, Adam Graycar, Tina Nabatchi IIAS Study Group IV on Quality of Governance Quality, Integrity and Resilience of Governance 11
Polarized Societies Pregala Pillay, Rik Peeters & Stavros Zouridis IIAS Study Group IX on Law and Public Administration Impartial Governance and Equal Treatment in Polarized Societies: Perspectives & Practices 7
Resilience vs. Rigidity Adel Ben Youssef & Sofiane Sahraoui Arab Governance Institute Panel Resilience vs. Rigidity of Public Administration During Times of Transition 7
Japan Koichiro Agata Japan’s Quest for a New Model: Needs of Elasticity and Resilience in Managing Government 3
Administrations parlementaires Hassen Soukni Panel de l’Académie Parlementaire des Représentants du Peuple de la République Tunisienne Administrations parlementaires : Institutionnalisation et professionnalisation 3

Open Call

In the open call, public administration professionals, practitioners and academics alike were invited to contribute to the 2018 IIAS Congress on a distinctive way:

- By writing a paper proposal on a dimension of administrative resilience not covered by the other calls;

- By writing a paper proposal on a different theme than administrative resilience;

- By proposing to organize a session on a given theme, related or not to administrative resilience, and by identifying committed speakers already;

- By proposing to hold an open meeting, to present or develop a new research or other project.

Short Title Chairs Partner institution Full Title Accepted Abstracts Call-for-papers
Open Track Fabienne Maron 27


Category Fee/Registration & Payment
Non-member of IIAS € 500
Member of IIAS € 450
Paper presenter € 400
Member of IIAS Council of Administration € 300
Track Chair € 300
PhD Student € 200
Accompanying Person € 150
Pre-Congress Workshops only € 100
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Conference fees cover the following:
- Pre-congress event at ENA: workshops and welcome reception in the evening of June 25th.
- All plenary and parallel sessions planned on June 25-28, including coffee breaks and lunches
- Welcome reception at the cite de la culture (June 26th), gala dinner at the “Palais Ennejma Ezzahra aka Maison du Barron d’Erlanger” (June 28th), and the social programme on Friday June 29th. Those wishing to participate only in the Pre-conference workshops and welcome reception at ENA are charged 100 euros. Tunisian guests are charged in Tunisian Dinars and pay on site (see fee schedule on Arabic version of congress site); international guests pay in Euros, in advance or onsite (card or cash). Payment is preferably made in advance, through credit card, PayPal, Stripe or bank transfer.


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