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untestedideasThe 2nd Untested Ideas (UI) International Research Conference is being held on June 27-29, 2014 at at the Sheraton Rhodes Resort in Rhodes, Greece.

Topics for Discussion

Contributions are invited from a range of situated positions, including entrepreneurs, policymakers and academics, that:

  • Explore the links between entrepreneurship and urban economic development
  • Examine the role of entrepreneurs in urban economic development policy
  • Evaluate policy initiatives and entrepreneurial ventures
  • Analyse entrepreneurship education programmes and entrepreneurial learning
  • Challenge existing theories of entrepreneurship and develop new concepts and identify new possibilities
  • Propose new theoretical constructs which advance thinking in entrepreneurship and urban economic development
  • Stimulate entrepreneurial policy and practice concerns
  • Recognise innovative methodologies for entrepreneurship and economic development
  • Consider entrepreneurship behaviours and traits
  • Appraise entrepreneurial decisions and entrepreneurial activity
  • Explore entrepreneurship in the public and voluntary sectors as well as in the private sector
  • Classify the impact of social interactions and networks on entrepreneurial outcomes

Call for papers

Manuscript submission will be required by April 30, 2014. All completed manuscripts submitted to the conference will be reviewed for publication in the Edited Book Entrepreneurship and Urban Economic Development: Conceptual and Policy Debates and a Special Issue of the journal Leadership and Policy Quarterly. The Book and Special Issue are both scheduled for publication in 2014.

If you wish to discuss your paper with a member of the editorial team then please contact Dr Lorraine Johnston ([email protected]) in the first instance.

Read more on the full call for paper or visit the Conference page on Untested Ideas.

boconniThe PhD in Public Policy & Administration is a new 4-year PhD program completely taught in English, which will start in the academic year 2014-15.  The program is designed for highly qualified and motivated students who wish to acquire knowledge of the constantly evolving frameworks used to understand the dynamics of public policies, as well as cutting edge research skills used to evaluate both public policies and the social dynamics that are implicated in them.

A key feature of the program is the combination of multi-disciplinary training in both theory and methods and an evidence-based approach.  A core theme of the program is the implications of globalization and the need for an international comparative perspective for understanding policy formation, implementation, and outcomes.  The program strives for maximum social relevance and emphasizes major and minor specialisations that are highly appreciated for both academic and non-academic employment (e.g., NGOs, governmental agencies, the EU, UN departments, think tanks and public policy consultancies).  Successful graduates will be uniquely qualified for high-level policy analysis in sub-national, national, and international organizations.

The program is organized around advanced study in two of four fields: economic and political institutions, health, social dynamics, and public administration.

More information on :

Contact person: Prof Ross MACMILLAN : [email protected]


The Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governance at Tallinn University of Technology and the journal Administrative Culture are hosting a small but high-level conference on „Non-Western Public Administration“, on 25-26 April 2014 in Tallinn, Estonia.

Are there different paradigms of Public Administration (PA), rather than just one, and if yes, how might they look like and how might one judge their success? PA as a scholarly discipline generally assumes that there is one global PA, that good PA is just that in a successful form, and that modernization is bringing PA closer to it, but arguments are on the rise that all this is actually just Western PA – working well in the Western context, but not necessarily elsewhere. Thus, there might be other paradigms of PA as well – non-Western PA (NWPA) –, the most prominent ones today being the Confucian and the Islamic one, although the cohesiveness of the latter is much debated. This is not to say that there are no universal best PA practices, but the question is precisely about those that are only good PA in a specific context.

Abstract proposals, no longer than 750 words, should be sent to prof Wolfgang Drechsler ([email protected]), no later than 31 January 2014.

For full details of the Call, please visit .

06 Dec 2013

Discover our Brand New Websites!

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You will immediately notice the dynamism of this new layout. The navigation has been completely revamped and simplified to promote a more modern and more user-friendly approach.

The homepage now enhances our latest news, the knowledge portal, our activities and those of our partners.

A major change: interaction

With a login zone (in “Members Space“), our contacts / members can now manage their profiles directly in our secured online database (contact information, area of ​​expertise, member profile, etc..).

For the sake of professionalism we have also developed our own tool for managing events.

Very soon, you will be able to register as participants and / or authors to all our events directly via our website. Your personal data will be automatically listed on our online database and your username will be stored to each future events.

In the near future, our members will have the same opportunity to contribute, enrich and directly publish their activities and news on our websites.

Currently, only the IIAS, IASIA and EGPA websites benefited from this brand new design. Our next challenge will focus on two key points:

  • the enlargement of this internet platform to our regional groups AGPA and LAGPA;
  • the creation of discussion boards standardised within each project, study and working groups.

Do not hesitate give us your opinion!

04 Dec 2013

TED7 in Cluj-Napoca – 6-7/02/2014

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The 7th Trans-European Dialogue will be held on 6-7 February 2014 at the Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
The 7th Trans-European Dialogue will be hel on the 6-7 February 2014 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The discussed theme will be: Strong Local Governments: Community, Strategy, Integration

TED7, similar to the previous conferences, strives to offer a platform for exchanging ideas, opinion and experiences on key issues of Public Administration. TED7 will focus dialogue on the processes and practices of developing a stronger relationship between local governments and communities/citizens between experts from various European countries. It is also an excellent opportunity for various EGPA and NISPAcee study groups to focus on the topics described above to intensify the exchange of views.

TED7 is organised by the Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

More information can be found on our TED7 Page.

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