The Innovation Journal: The Public Sector Innovation Journal, 6(2), 2001, article 8.


Past Events in 2002 (PDF)

(In Reverse Chronological Order)

IRC Inc. Annual General Meeting: Ottawa, 2 December, 2002

The Twenty-Fourth Annual APPAM Research Conference: Dallas, 7-9 November, 2002

International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS): New Delhi, 5-9 November, 2002

PRIME-Statistics Canada Seminars on Innovation in Services: Ottawa, Autumn 2002

International Personnel Management Association 2002 Conference: Ottawa, October 19-23

Technology in Government Week 2002: Ottawa, October 7-10

Second Quality Conference for European Public Administration: Copenhagen, 2-4 October, 2002

Science and Technology Foresight Workshop: Gatineau, October 1, 2002

Annual Conference of the Association for Human Resources Management in International Organizations: Washington, 10-11 September, 2002

CAPAM Biennial Conference: Glasgow, 7-11 September, 2002

Annual Conference of the European Group of Public Administration (EGPA): Potsdam, Germany, 4-6 September, 2002

Public Sector Innovation Summit: Singapore, August 26-30, 2002

IPAC Annual Conference: Halifax, August 25-28, 2002

Summer School Programme: Developing the Common Assessment Framework for CEE Countries: Postdam, July 1-7, 2002

2002 IPMN Conference: Siena, June 26-28, 2002

Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Communities: Vernon, BC, June 25-28, 2002

International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA): Istanbul, June 17-20, 2002

American Society for Public Administration, Conference 2003: proposal deadline June 10, 2002

National Academy of Public Administration, Fifth Annual Performance Conference: Maryland, June 3 - 6, 2002

Canadian Political Science Association, 74th Annual General Meeting: Toronto, May 29-31, 2002

Modeling Social Interactions: Paris, May 10, 2002

10th Annual Conference of the Networks of Institutes and Schools for Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe (NISPAcee): Poland, April 25-27, 2002

Public Sector Innovation Summit: Singapore, March 25 - 28, 2002

Innovative eGovernment for Victoria 2002 Conference: Melbourne, March 25 -26, 2002

5th World Congress on Intellectual Capital: January 16 - 18, 2002

ePolicy Minitrack and eGovernment Mini-Track: January 7 - 10, 2002; on the Big Island of Hawaii

Inventors Resource Co-operative (IRC) Inc. Annual General Meeting

We hope you are available to hear and see what Canadian Innovation can accomplish. You are cordially invited to attend the Inventors Resource Co-operative (IRC) Inc. Annual General Meeting on December 2, 2002. Highlights of the AGM will be Keynote Speaker Dr. Tofy Mussivand, Professor of Surgery and Engineering at the University of Ottawa and Director of WorldHeart Corporation of Ottawa and California. With a short tour of the new Innovation display and the introduction of S.U.R.F. an Innovative software that should be of interest to those trying to build a cluster, accomplish simple Break-even budgeting, or a new means to reward team effort or redistribute some of the wealth. How it helped the IRC implement over a million dollars in R&D on a yearly cash flow that most companies consider inadequate to accomplish anything. Yet, create a win win situation for all involved. The meeting will take place in the auditorium of the Canadian Museum of Science and Technology, 1667 St. Laurent Boulevard, Ottawa, Canada, starting at 7:00 P.M. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M. Due to security please leave your name, whom you represent and that of any guest you wish to invite with Marie Hebert AGM communications Co-ordinator before 6:00 PM Nov. 27.

Marie can be contacted at (819) 682-3815 or by E-mail: We hope you can join us to view the success of other past Innovators. Listen to one of Canada's top Innovators in medicine and explore the opportunity of being part of a team effort to help Canada become a leader in innovation at the community level world wide by using innovation and team effort. It is time Canadians stop waiting for the wave of change instead learn to generate the wave of change so we can help create a better future for all not just the few. Fraser Liscumb Chairman/President IRC Ottawa Inventors Resource Co-operative, Inc.

Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM)

Asking "What if?" - Assessing the Public Policy and Management Implications of Social Science Research

The Twenty-Fourth Annual APPAM Research Conference
7 - 9 November 2002 in Dallas, Texas.

International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS)

New Delhi, India, 5-9 November, 2002

PRIME-Statistics Canada Seminars on Innovation in Services
Ottawa, Autumn 2002

Under the auspices of the Canada Research Chair on Innovation Strategy
Vanier Hall, Room 331, University of Ottawa
On Fridays, 15:00 - 16:30 hrs

Oct. 18:
Innovation in the Service Sector: An Introduction
Fred Gault
Science, Innovation and Electronic Information Division,
Statistics Canada

Nov. 1:
Les facteurs déterminants les innovations de produits et de procédés dans le secteur des services
Julio Miguel Rosa
Division des sciences, de l'innovation et de l'information électronique
Statistiques Canada

Nov. 15:
Canadian Experience with Measuring Novelty of Innovation in Services
Daood Hamdani
Science, Innovation and Electronic Information Division
Statistics Canada

Nov. 29:
Innovation Policy and Service Industries
Jeanne Inch
Innovation Policy Branch
Industry Canada

The objective of the series is to present and discuss the issues related to measuring innovation in service industries and then to consider the use of the findings of such measurement in policy development.

The series will run at the same time as an Industry Canada - Statistics Canada Working Group is developing a questionnaire for a survey of selected service industries for reference year 2002. The broader discussion will inform the process of questionnaire development and the design of analytical products to follow.

The immediate policy context can be found in the Innovation Strategy released in February 2002, with the specific issues being innovative communities, technology clusters, highly qualified personnel, and research targets.

The series will continue in the Winter Term and speakers will include Ian Miles from Manchester. The book, Services and the Knowledge-Based Economy, edited by Mark Boden and Ian Miles and published by Continuum (London) in 2000 provides useful background reading. More information: WWW.PRIMEOTTAWA.CA or

International Personnel Management Association

2002 Conference
October 19 - 23
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Ottawa Congress Centre & Westin Hotel
October 7-10, 2002

Celebrating 10 Years of Excellence in E-Government!

The specially enhanced 10th Anniversary program of Technology in Government Week (TIGW) will not only celebrate the milestone of this event which recognizes and rewards excellence in e-government, but will set the stage for the next 10 years of e-government.

Highlights for TIGW 2002 include:

Showcase Country: Finland
· A large delegation of government and IT industry executives from one of the leading e-government countries in the world, led by the Minister of Transport & Communications and the federal CIO, will present over 15 seminars on e-government strategies and projects in the conference program, and demonstrate e-government solutions and technologies at GTEC.

Showcase Province: British Columbia
· BC was acknowledged during a recent Accenture survey as being the most on-line provincial government in Canada. Senior government officials will share their e-government strategies and key projects and initiatives in the conference program.

Showcase Municipality: Richmond, BC

The City of Richmond, BC was identified as a progressive e-government municipality, integrating services across jurisdictions and focussing on building government-citizen relationships - a city councillor and municipal representatives will tell their story.

International Delegations:
CIDA has confirmed that they will again sponsor the Strategic Information Management Program (SIMP) which brings over 30 senior public officials from more than 15 developing countries to TIGW to learn about e-government in Canada, and the products and services available to help them to develop their own e-governments. Over 30 countries are already registered to participate as speakers and attendees at TIGW 2002

World-class Conference Program:
Professional Development Forum: October 7 - 9, 2002: a three-day international conference which is the annual event for the sharing of knowledge and experience in e-government. Includes: 7 world-class keynotes, over 30 individual sessions, and six half-day Special Fora on the most relevant topics today. Highlights to date are:

Welcoming Address:
Rob Wright, Chair of TIMS and Commissioner, Canada Customs and
Revenue Agency
· As Chair of TIMS, Commissioner Wright will speak to the e-government vision of Canada, and the directions which are being developed by TIMS to maintain Canada's role as a world leader in e-government.

Plenary Keynote: 10 Years of Excellence in E-Government: A Retrospective
Michelle d'Auray, CIO, Government of Canada
· In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of TIGW, the federal CIO will look back over 10 years of e-government in Canada, and forward to the future e-government environment in Canada.

Keynote Address: The Honourable Kimmo Sasi, Minister of Transport & Communications, Finland, and, Olavi Köngäs, CIO, Finland
· As one of the world leaders in e-government and innovative technologies, Finland has much to share with the rest of the world. These distinguished speakers will talk about Finland's e-government strategies and initiatives, as well as their role in the pan-European public service delivery model.

Keynote Address: Computers that Think & Feel and Humans that Compute
Dr. Rosalind Picard, Affective Computing Lab, MIT, and Dr. Steve Mann, Human Cyborg, University of Toronto
· This keynote will change forever your concept of the limitations of computers, and the potential for humans to evolve symbiotically with them - presented by two of the world leaders in this field of research.

Keynote Panel: The Challenge of being a Public Servant in the 21st Century: A DM Perspective
Chair: Jim Judd, Secretary of the Treasury Board & Comptroller General for Canada Panelists: Rob Wright, Commissioner, Canada Customs & Revenue Agency; Alan Nymark, DM, Environment Canada; Maryantonett Flumian, Assoc.DM, Human Resource Development Canada
· Information and communications technologies are fundamentally changing organizational cultures and accountabilities in both the public and the private sector, and challenging the basic principles, values and ethics upon which the Canadian public sector was founded. This panel of senior Deputy Ministers will discuss these challenges and how they are dealing with them in their own organizations.

Keynote : Security Across Frontiers
Rob Wright, Commissioner, Canada Customs & Revenue Agency and Stephen Kenny, Deputy Head of Mission, US Embassy
· Distinguished representatives from Canada and the United States will discuss the measures being taken to ensure that the Canada-US frontier continues to protect our citizens and national infrastructures from threats from third parties, while respecting the rights and freedoms of our citizens, and facilitating the flow of goods, people, and funds, which are so essential to our symbiotic economies.

Keynote Panel: Industry Enabled E-Government
Moderator: V. Peter Harder, DM, Industry Canada
Panelists : The Honourable Allan Rock, Minister of Industry; Frank Clegg, President & CEO, Microsoft Canada; Paul Tsaparis, President & CEO, Hewlett Packard (Canada) Ltd.
· Canadian government and industry leaders will discuss how industry and government are establishing creative partnerships to enable e-government, as well as the evolving leadership role industry is playing in supporting innovation and economic growth and development in Canada.

Special Half-Day Fora: October 9, 2002: six half-day sessions on the following hot topics:
E-Access For Persons With Disabilities
Portals, Portals & Still More Portals in 2002
Protecting Privacy in a Wired World: Conducting Privacy Impact Assessments
Information Management, Knowledge Management & Business Intelligence Forum
Showcase Finland: The best of Finnish Innovative E-Government Solutions
Security Technologies: Bio-Metrics & Others

Special Workshops Program: October 7 - 10, 2002: seven full-day sessions which offer in-depth coverage of the most important and relevant topics in e-government, including:
E-Government Policy Summit
International Forum on "Bridging the Digital Divide"
E-Health Service Delivery Forum
E-Learning & Distance Education
Securing Canada's Infrastructure
Client/Citizen Relationship Management
itService Management Forum

Distinction Awards Program 2002: this year the award categories have been revised to reflect a greater emphasis upon cross-jurisdictional projects. Up to 34 medals will be awarded in the following categories:
Federal - 9 medals
Provincial - 3 medals
Municipal - 3 medals
National (open to all government jurisdictions) - 19 medals
A record number of 238 nominations were received and the winners have been selected and will be announced at the Distinction Awards Gala on Monday, October 7, 2002.

Distinction Awards Gala: October 7, 2002: an already spectacular evening will be further enhanced to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of this event - which is completely sold out. Added features will include special recognition of the Founding Partners of TIGW and GTEC, and special entertainment and other surprises.
· The Honourable Lucienne Robillard, President of the Treasury Board of Canada, will deliver the Opening Remarks and present the federal Distinction Awards. Representatives from other levels of government will present awards to winners from their respective governments.

GTEC Exhibition: October 8 - 9, 2002: over 600 exhibits of the latest e-government solutions and technologies, featuring:

GTEC Official Opening Ceremony: Peter Harder, Deputy Minister of Industry Theme Pavilions on International E-Government, E-Health Service Delivery, E-Learning & Distance Education, Government On-Line (GOL) and IT Security; and, GTEC "Hot Spots" identifying individual exhibits of the "hottest" solutions and technologies: "Made in Government" Solutions, Wireless & Mobile Technologies, Project Management, Client/Citizen Relationship Management, Government On-Line (GOL), and IT Security.

"Hot Spot" Workshops: offered free to GTEC attendees, and sponsored by Hot Spot exhibiting companies.

Microsoft 10th Anniversary Pavilion: featuring "Question Period"
Media Interview theatre, TIGW memorabilia displays, Birthday Cake, and other exciting entertainment and surprises.

Meet Dr. Steve Mann, "Human Cyborg" at the Microsoft 10th Anniversary Pavilion on Tuesday, October 8, 2002

GTEC IT Trivia Quiz: with a draw for special prizes for completing IT trivia questions posed by GTEC Founding Partners.

GTEC Seminar Program: two full days of selected industry sessions on the latest e-government products and services offered free to GTEC attendees.

Solutions Workshops: full day industry sponsored sessions on specific company products and services offered free to GTEC attendees.

Other Special Events:
10th Anniversary Connections: reception and networking opportunity for conference attendees and exhibitors.

New at TIGW 2002:

Shuttle Service from Government Buildings to GTEC
· Pick-up and drop-off from the following buildings every 30 minutes from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm on October 8 & 9, 2002:
Ottawa: Jeanne Mance R.H. Coats
Brooke Claxton
L'Esplanade Laurier Place de Ville
Lester B. Pearson
Hull: 11 Laurier Street, Hull 200 Promenade du
Portage, Hull

Streamlined Registration
· Head Start Registration: Sunday, October 6, 2002: 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, 4th floor, Westin Hotel
· 3 Registration locations: 4th Floor Westin Hotel, Ottawa Congress Centre - North Lobby and Capital Hall - Ottawa Congress Centre.
· Xybernaut: registration "line-busters" enabled by wearable computers.

Cyber Centers
· Sponsored by Novell: two centres, one on the 4th Floor
Westin Hotel and one in the Congress Center, Colonel By Hall, Booth 517 - check your e-mail, and review event website.

Palm E-Guide
· Down-load the TIGW Show Guide to your personal hand-held at the beaming boards in all three registration areas.

Lounge Areas
· EDS, Oracle, and IBM sponsored lounge areas at GTEC - take a break and network right on the GTEC Showfloor.

For more information, visit the website.

Second Quality Conference for European Public Administration
Copenhagen, Denmark, 2-4 October, 2002

Partnership, Change and Innovation

The Innovative Public Service Group (IPSG) was established in 1999 with representatives from all EU Member States. The aim is to exchange experiences, best practices and develop benchmarking methods. The IPSG has established working groups on different aspects of the cooperation:

The European Benchmarking Network
The working group of the Common Assessment Framework (CAF)
The working group on quality conferences.

Visit the website.

Sweden is preparing a pre-conference on the 14th of February that same year. Out of a dozen or so "inspiring examples" we chose three that go to Copenhagen. They will shortly thereafter be presented in English.

Submitted by Richard Murray, Sweden

Science and Technology Foresight Workshop
with Ron Johnston, Executive Director, Australian Centre of Innvovation
Château Cartier, Gatineau, Quebec - October 1, 2002

Click here for more information.
Organized by the National Research Council of Canada

Annual Conference of the Association for
Human Resources Management in International Organizations:
Washington, 10-11 September, 2002

I take this opportunity to bring to your attention the annual conference of the Association for Human Resources Management in International Organizations which will be hosted by the IMF in Washington 10-11 September 2000(see attached). AHRMIO brings together HR specialists from over 50 of the world's most important international organizations. Further information on AHRMIO is also available on its website.

Mary Jane Peters
Board Member

Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (CAPAM) 2002 Biennial Conference

Creating Self-Confident Government
7-11 September 2002
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Annual Conference of the European Group of Public Administration (EGPA)
Potsdam, Germany, 4-6 September, 2002

Dear Colleagues,

From September 4 to 6 2002 the Annual Conference of the European Group of Public Administration (EGPA) will take place in Potsdam, Germany. The conference theme will be "The European Administrative Space: Governance in Diversity". In recent years the concept of a 'European Administrative Space' has gained considerable attention. It is usually understood as the gradual convergence of administrative structures, processes and values towards a common model, in particular a common European Model. But the empirical and normative questions are still open: Are we really experiencing a convergence of our administrative arrangements, procedures and principles, and do we really want this to happen? How important are national traditions and 'administrative cultures', or are they disappearing? Is it true, that government activities, which have once been dominated by divergence, are becoming highly conducive to convergence?

One of the keynote speakers will be Johan P. Olsen from ARENA (Advanced Research on the Europeanisation of the Nation-State) at Oslo University. The conference venue will be at the Babelsberg Campus of the University of Potsdam, adjacent to the old film studios of Babelsberg and less than 30 minutes by S-Bahn from the centre of Berlin.

If you are interested in this conference, which will deal with these challenging and controversial questions in two specialised workshops, seven permanent study groups, and two research groups, and which will also offer an expert panel on "Modern Governance in Germany" please visit the special conference homepages at
and at the European Group of Public Administration (EGPA).

Hope to see you in Potsdam!

Prof. Dr. Werner Jann
President of EGPA
Chair for Political Science, Administration and Organisation
University of Potsdam
Visitors: August-Bebel-Str. 89, D 14482 Potsdam
Mail: POBox 900 327, D 14439 Potsdam
Tel.: +49/(0)331/ 977- 3241
Fax: +49/(0)331/ 977- 3302

The Public Sector Innovation Summit:
Reinventing Failures. Creating Successes
26 - 30 August 2002. The Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore.

"The spirit of innovation must permeate every level and every sphere of our activities"
-Singapore's Prime Minister, Goh Chok Tong

Is your innovation investment paying off? Are your training programs being followed through? Have you discovered a way to internalize innovation in your organization?

"Unlike in the past, countries, corporations and even individuals who fail to innovate quickly will become outdated and irrelevant." Indeed, the message delivered by Singapore's Prime Minister Goh cannot be truer and more accurate in times like this. Innovative organizations are going to gain a competitive edge over those that are not. And whether your organization is going to be a leading one or a lagging one is going to depend on you.

Are you prepared for the next wave of innovation? The public sector must constantly seek out new, creative and innovative methods and approaches from innovative organizations and people from around the world to enable and empower itself in the quest for innovation.

Experts and practitioners will gather in this premier event to discuss the most pressing issues, researched to cater to the specific needs of interested participants.

With a line up of world-class speakers such as:

  • Sandford Borins, Internationally recognized expert and author on public sector innovation, and New Public Management
  • Stephen Shapiro, Author of 24/7 Innovation
  • National Library Board, Singapore, picked by Harvard Business School as one of its case studies on Innovation
  • Ministry of National Development, Singapore
  • Director Prime Minister's Forward Strategy Unit, UK
  • Canada Customs and Revenue Agency
  • Department of Education, Government of Queensland, Australia
  • Office of National Statistics, UK
  • Birmingham City Council, Government of Birmingham, UK
  • Swedish Customs Administration
  • Cap Gemini Ernst & Young
  • Fisheries & Oceans Canada

Registration: telephone number (65) 6325 6549 or

Institute of Public Administration of Canada

IPAC 2002 Annual Conference:
"Public Administration on the Ground"
Halifax, Canada
August 25-28, 2002

Dear Colleagues,

I would like draw your attention to a new Summer School Programme taking place at the University of Potsdam, Germany, 1-7 July 2002 on:

Assessing the Quality of Governance -
Developing the Common Assessment Framework for CEE Countries

The summer school is aimed in particular at academics and practitioners in CEE countries who specialise in quality management or governance issues in the public sector. 10 places are also available for participants from Western Europe.

The Volkswagen Foundation will cover travel and accommodation costs for those participants who cannot cover these costs from other sources. Participants from CEE countries will get priority in funding. There are no tuition costs for the summer school. The deadline for all applications is 31 May 2002.

More information can be found at

Best wishes,

Dr. Elke Loeffler
Senior Research Associate
Bristol Business School
Frenchay Campus
Coldharbour Lane
Bristol BS 16 1 QY
Phone: 00 44 117 344 3735 (business)
Phone: 00 44 121 643 5724 (private)
Fax: 00 44 117 344 22 89

2002 IPMN Conference
Siena, Italy
June 26-28, 2002

The topic theme of the 2002 IPMN Conference is "The Impact of Managerial Reform on Informal Relationships in the Public Sector."

As public sector management reforms mature, more comments are made about the impact that modernization has had or may have on informal relationships between government institutions and their private or third sector partners, and internally among government institutions. This conference will focus on desirable and undesirable trends that may have resulted from modernization of public management.

The Conference will be hosted by the Department of Business and Social Studies of the University of Siena, Italy. The Conference will take place in the Certosa di Pontignano, which is part of the University of Siena.

The Conference will begin on June 26th and will end on June 28th.

Papers that examine theoretical developments or propose innovative methodological approaches are welcome as well as empirical studies on relevant issues related to the changes caused by managerial reforms on both internal and external relationships in the public sector. One session of the Conference will be devoted to the topic of corruption. Papers dealing with this topic are welcomed.

Due to the fact that IPMN Conferences seek to encourage in-depth discussion of the papers presented, the amount of presentations will have to be limited. There will be an opportunity, however, to spread accepted papers that cannot be presented in the plenary sessions among participants and to discuss them in an open-space type of scientific debate. These papers will be mentioned in the Conference program. Selected papers can be published through IPMN.

Scholars interested in presenting a paper are requested to send an extended abstract (2 pages) before 30th November 2002 to each of the two Conference coordinators:

Riccardo Mussari, Department of Business and Social Studies, University of Siena, Piazza S. Francesco, 7, 53100 Siena, Italy, e-mail:

Kuno Schedler, Institute for Public Services and Tourism, University of St. Gallen, Varnbuelstrasse 19, 9000 St. Gallen, Switzerland, e-mail:

The decision to accept papers for presentation in the plenary sessions will be taken after the submission of full papers which should be before 30th April.

Decision on papers will be communicated before 30th May, 2002.

The Conference will have limited attendance of maximum 45 participants.

Scientific Committee
Prof. Dr. Riccardo Mussari, Prof. Dr. Kuno Schedler, Prof. Lawrence R. Jones, Prof. Fred Thompson

Spotlight On Community Economic Development
VERNON, BC - JUNE 25-28, 2002

The 2002 Western Canada CED Summit will explore the innovation of community
economic development policies and programs in Western Canada. The
cornerstone of the Summit will be the exchange of views and finding some
common ground on how to lead communities toward long-term sustainability.

Keynote Speaker: David Baxter
Guest Speaker: Brian Tobin P.C.

Who should attend: community and business leaders from rural, urban, Inuit,
First Nations and Métis communities, community development practitioners,
volunteer Board members and staff from economic development organizations
and Community Futures Development Corporations as well as officials from
various levels of government and other involved stakeholders.

Cost: $250 per person

For further information or to register, visit or contact:

Wendy Falkowski
Summit Coordinator
3680 Reekie Rd.
Kelowna, BC, V1W 4G8
Phone: (250) 861-9054 Fax: (250) 861-8381

International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA):
Istanbul,Turkey, 17-20 June 2002

American Society for Public Administration

Conference 2003: "The Power of Public Service"
Deadline for proposals: June 10, 2002

National Academy of Public Administration
Fifth Annual Performance Conference

The Inn and Conference Center
University of Maryland University College, USA
June 3 - 6, 2002

Canadian Political Science Association

74th Annual General Meeting
University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
May 29-31, 2002

Workshop: Modeling Social Interactions
May 10, 2002

Salle Raymond Aron, Universite de Paris IX-Dauphine
Friday May 10 2002

Organized under the auspices of:
Chaire Blaise Pascal de la Region Ile de France.


The goal of this one day workshop will be to present an overview of
current research in economic theory on modeling social interactions and their impact on economic and social phenomena. Talks will cover both theoretical and empirical aspects of social interactions.

Information and programme


Please register by sending an email to:
Galliane Le Grix de la Salle
Telephone: 01 44 05 42 26


Alberto BISIN, New York University.
Rama CONT, CNRS- Ecole Polytechnique.
Hans FOLLMER, Humboldt Universitat, Berlin.
Edward GLAESER, Department of Economics, Harvard University.
Ulrich HORST, Princeton University.
Alan KIRMAN, GREQAM, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales & Institut Universitaire de France.
Jose SCHEINKMAN, Chaire Blaise Pascal de la Rgion Ile de France & Princeton University.


9:00 Jose SCHEINKMAN: Title to be announced.
10:00 Alan KIRMAN: Micro foundations of regime switching and bubbles.
11:00 Hans FOLLMER: Fundamentalists, Noise traders, and Chartists: ergodic price fluctuation in some simple interaction models. Joint work with: Ulrich Horst (Princeton) & Alan Kirman (EHESS).
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch.
13:30 Ulrich HORST: Rational expectation equilibria in random economies with interacting agents. Joint work with: Alberto Bisin (NYU) & Onur Ozgur (NYU)
14:30 Alberto BISIN: On estimating models with multiple equilibria. Joint work with: Giorgio Topa (NYU) and Andrea Moro (Univ. of
15:30 - 15:45 Coffee break
15:45 Rama CONT: Heterogeneity, social distance and social ineractions: a discrete choice model. Joint work with: Mathias LOEWE (Nijmegen).
16:45 Edward GLAESER: The formation of preferences.

10th Annual Conference of the Networks of Institutes and Schools
for Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe (NISPAcee)

Cracow, Poland, April 25-27, 2002

Information at:

Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis:
Research and Practice

Publication will be in January 2002

Symposium Edition
Comparative Socio-Political Governance
Guest Editors:

Professor John Dixon, Department of Social Policy And Social Work, University of Plymouth, UNITED KINGDOM

Professor Alexander Kouzmin, Cranfield School of Management, University of Cranfield, UNITED KINGDOM

Mr David Goodwin, Department of Social Policy And Social Work, University of Plymouth, UNITED KINGDOM


SYMPOSIUM THEME: Comparative socio-political governance research has achieved a contemporary policy relevance because, throughout the world, there is a growing and contested trend away from public provision of services. Direct provision by command is thus gradually being replaced by regulated provision in a decentralised service delivery environment.

We wish to invite contributions for this symposium edition that explore the variables that determine national approaches to socio-political governance philosophies, policies, institutions and instruments. Our aim is to identify the parameters that determine (explain?) why nation states address common governance challenges (essentially, how best to protect the public interest, however defined) using different socio- political governance values, policies, institutions and instruments. The type of parameters would include:

  • ideological(e.g. democratic through to totalitarian, neo-liberal through to collectivist (however reluctant);
  • constitutional(e.g. cameral/bicameral legislature (e.g. existence of a review chamber), separation of powers (e.g. unfettered executive dominance of the policy process), unitary or federal political systems (diffusion of policy making nodes), parliamentary or presidential system);
  • electoral/voting systems (e.g. proportional representation creating coalition governments);
  • politico-administrative(e.g. degree of executive-branch activism and executive branch policy-making style (e.g. "combatitive", "consensual"));
  • legal/judicial(e.g. judicial review of administrative decisions, freedom of information and judicial policy making), socio-political(e.g. individualistic or communitarian values, perceptions of government as benign-benevolent rather than intrusive-malevolent);
  • economic(e.g. market economies (developed to varying degrees) or economies in transition (to varying degrees);
  • bureaucratic(e.g. degree of bureaucratic maturity, degree of bureaucratic stability, degree of governance experience and expertise within the bureaucracy), bureaucratic culture (e.g. culture of secrecy, accountability culture, performance-oriented culture, career (apolitical) /partisan (nepotistic) civil service)); and
  • organisational(service delivery or policy management oriented).


It is anticipated that the Symposium will contain four-to-six papers, each approximately 20 A4 (American quarto) double-spaced pages in length (approximately 6,000 words). We hope that these papers will explore theoretical and empirical socio-political governance issues in a comparative setting in a selection of developed countries (in Western Europe, North America, Australasia), countries in transitional (in Eastern Europe and Asia) and developing countries (in Asia, Africa and/or Latin America).


The contributors' deadline has been set at 1 September 2001. It is anticipated that the publication will be in January 2002.


Anyone interested in making a contribution to this symposium should contact:
Professor John Dixon
Department of Social Policy And Social Work
University of Plymouth
Drake Circus
Plymouth, PL4 4AA
International Tel. +44 (0) 1752 233274 (office)
International Tel. +44 (0) 1752 311290 (home)
International Fax: +44 (0) 1752 311291


5th World Congress on Intellectual Capital
January 16 - 18, 2002

  • Intellectual Capital
  • Knowledge Management
  • Innovation
  • Intangible Assets
  • Organizational Learning
  • New Technology
  • Human Capital
  • Competitive Intelligence
  • Knowledge Assets

The 5th World Congress on Intellectual Capital (in conjunction with the 23rd McMaster Business Conference and the 3rd World Congress on E-Commerce) sponsored by the Management of Innovation and New Technology Research Centre at McMaster University (widely recognized as Canada's most innovative university!) will be held January 16-18, 2002 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

ePolicy Minitrack and eGovernment Mini-Track

on the Big Island of Hawaii
January 7 - 10, 2002

Information at:


Published March 10 2003

Revised November 2009

Last updated: July 18 2016