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Ferrel Heady Roundtable

Every year, the Section on International and Comparative Administration (SICA) sponsors its Ferrel Heady Roundtable at the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA) annual conference. Professor Ferrel Heady (1916-2006) was a founding member of the ‘Comparative Administration Group’ (CAG) which later evolved into SICA in 1973. SICA was ASPA’s first-ever section. Today ASPA has 31 Sections of which six have an explicit non-US geographic focus.[1] From Professor Heady’s first publication on a non-US subject (Philippines in 1957)[2] to the 6th edition of its Public Administration: A Comparative Perspective textbook in 2001, he was both an early leading light of public administration scholarship focused on comparative learning, the development challenge, and globalization but also one of our discipline’s most prolific.[3] In honour of his achievements, SICA hosts an annual Roundtable in his name. For two Heady tributes, see the “Ferrel Heady Remembered” sub-section within the March/April 2007 issue of Public Administration Review to views L.R. Jones and Donald E. Klinger “The Consummate Comparative Public Administrationist: A Tribute to Ferrel Heady, 1916-2006” (pp. 188-196) and Fred W. Riggs “Thoughts about Ferrel Heady” (pp. 196-198).

The 2021 Ferrel Heady Roundtable

Topic
Shaping Administration: The Role of Culture and Indigenous Knowledge in the MENA Region, India, sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America

Co-Chairs
Kim Moloney, Chair of SICA / Senior Lecturer, Murdoch University, Australia
Mohamed Alaa Abdel-Moneim, Assistant Professor, Cairo University, Egypt

Summary
There are as many public administration methods, structures, and practices as there are cultures, religions, and indigenous communities around the world. From the Chinese technocratic model to neoliberal reforms in Arab Gulf countries, public administration systems across the world reflect the local heritage, values, learning experiences, and contexts of their societies and communities. This Roundtable will provide a platform for discussing how culture, religion, and indigenous knowledge affect what we know about public administration and the values that guide research and practice in the field. It questions the assumed directionality that knowledge must come from the West to “rest” and instead, asks how administrative knowledge in other parts of the world might deepen our discipline’s canon. Its aim is to expand comparative knowledge of public administration, explore opportunities for comparative research and teaching, and to shed light on methods and practices in fields such as governance, participation, and fighting corruption through cultural and indigenous lenses. Such discussions have can potentially contribute to guiding reform plans in different parts of the world through transferring knowledge and policy learning.

Discussant
Bok Gyo Jeong, Assistant Professor, Kean University, United States

Panel Members (Alphabetical)
1) Laila El-Baradei: Professor, The School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, AUC, Egypt
2) Rumki Basu: Professor of Public Administration, Department of Political Science, Jamia Millia Islamia Central University, India.
3) Eddie Maloka: Chief Executive Officer, African Peer Review Mechanism, African Union, South Africa
4) Pablo Sanabria Pulido: Graduate Programs Director & Associate Professor, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia
5) Sofiane Sahraoui: Director-General, International Institute of Administrative Studies, France