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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 .

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