At the next EGPA-conference in Speyer, Germany, we are organizing a panel on Innovation in Public Management. Attached you can find the Call for Proposals. It is situated within the Permanent Study Group XV (Public Administration, Technology and Innovation) and officially sponsored by LIPSE (

Although public sector innovation has become a well-accepted term for thinking about public sector changes, the precise limits of what exactly constitutes innovation in public management have not been settled. We are seeking to put together an interdisciplinary debate on this question by inviting papers that deal with diverse topics from the centre and periphery of what can be called as debates on innovation in public management.

We invite, but are not limited to, theoretical and empirical papers dealing with the ways:

a) how technology (not limited to just ICT) influences how public sector organizations function in policy making and service delivery (management structures, tasks, autonomy, coordination practices, accountability systems, etc)?

b) how are the principles and practices of co-creation, collaborative innovation and governance influencing public services, management structures and coordination practices?

c) how could the practices of private sector innovation planning and management (such as foresight, design thinking etc) affect public management (management structures, tasks, autonomy, coordination practices, accountability systems, etc)?

We are looking forward to receive your papers!

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