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SICA seeks to bring together members of the American Society for Public Administration committed to introducing an international and comparative perspective into public administration practice and academic endeavors. SICA provides a forum for practitioners, instructors and researchers to share experiences and to reflect on challenges facing the field worldwide.

To further this mission SICA aims to:

  • Sustain an organizational context within which scholars and students can improve their understanding of public administration and management around the world;
  • Develop the community of scholars dedicated to research and publishing on international/comparative public administration and management topics;
  • Publish results of research in scholarly journals and books in the field;
  • Continue to support the publication of the Section’s International Public Management Journal edited by Steven J. Kelman, Professor in the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University;
  • Facilitate professional networking worldwide;
  • Identify “best practices” in worldwide public administration and management;
  • Link professional and technical resources to foster the adaption of  “best practices” to diverse cultural and institutional contexts in the U.S. and especially in other nations;
  • Stimulate, develop, and disseminate teaching materials in the field;
  • Build student interest in the field of international/comparative administration;
  • Support young professionals entering the field.

SICA members are dedicated to meeting the global challenges of the 21st Century. SICA supports initiatives to:

  • Build administrative and managerial capacity for societal transformation in the areas of democratization, free market economies, security and political alliances.
  • Explore the potential for innovative institutional arrangements, including public-private collaboration/partnerships.
  • Develop innovative administrative and operational responses to trans-boundary global problems, such as those related to protection of the environment, combating terrorism, working to halt the spread of HIV/AIDS and to provide better treatment capacity, seeking the end to religious and ethnic conflict, fighting against worldwide drug trafficking and abuse.
  • Integrate international, comparative knowledge and approaches into public administration training in all sectors of government.
  • Respond to global economic interdependence by expanding professional, scientific, and cultural exchanges worldwide.

BENEFITS OF ASPA AND SICA MEMBERSHIPS

ASPA is the leading interdisciplinary public service organization that advances the art, science, teaching, and practice of public and non-profit administration. Membership is open to anyone working in, studying, researching, or interested in public service. ASPA will help you build your professional networks and acquire the knowledge, skills, and necessary experiences to be exceptional public servants.  ASPA membership provides various opportunities that can help you succeed in your career.

Additionally, Section membership in SICA will bring you together with ASPA members committed to introducing an international and comparative perspective into public administration practice and academic endeavors. SICA is comprised of practitioners and academics that are involved in, or interested in, international or overseas pubic administration activities.  The section is concerned with promoting research and communication of public administration with an international and comparative focus. SICA is also interested in development management.

The section is offers a subscription to the International Public Management Journal (IPMJ), a premier journal in the field. IPMJ publishes high-quality empirical and theoretical work on managing large organizations, particularly public organizations. SICA is also revitalizing its occasional paper series and newsletter.

You also get to be part of the Ferrel Heady Roundtable

The Ferrel Heady Roundtable is convened annually at the ASPA conference and features notable scholars discussing their careers and research in a workshop format designed to allow students, academics and other participants to interact with giants in the field. Headliners in the Heady Roundtable series have included Ferrel Heady himself and the legendary comparative administration scholar Fred Riggs.

Your SICA membership and engagement will provide numerous additional benefits to your ASPA membership including forums for practitioners, instructors and researchers to share experiences and to reflect on challenges facing the field worldwide. Read More HERE.

If you would like to join ASPA or re-instate an expired membership please click HERE. On the Dues and Section Renewal page you will be able to select your ASPA membership type, local chapter (for local engagement with ASPA) and your section of choice. On the Sections page you can select membership for SICA for an additional $40.