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Fred Riggs Symposium

Call for papers: ASPA 2021 Annual Conference

Building trust in government during global crises: Current trends and future trajectories

Click here to download the 2021 Riggs Symposium final program.

The Section on International and Comparative Administration (SICA) of the American Society of Public Administration is seeking abstracts and/or fully-formed panels for the seventh annual Fred Riggs Symposium, to be held virtually.

The global COVID-19 pandemic is causing havoc of an unprecedented magnitude in public policy and governance worldwide. Issues of public trust, transparency, and social and economic inequities are heightened under COVID-19. Each challenge affects world economies. However, and during times of crisis, citizens are often more dependent on their governments for leadership, consistent communication, evidence-based decisions, and solutions. Governments around the world have differentially responded to this crisis.

While COVID-19 is a crisis of the highest magnitude, SICA recognizes that the intersection among crisis management, public administration, and governance extends to other crises – e.g. climate change, migration, food insecurity, resilience, sustainability, social and economic exclusion, gender disparities etc. and the response of governments to each crisis. SICA encourages authors to think about crisis management as an ongoing government action in which public policy and public administration may intersect in unique ways that not only deepen our understanding of public administration and public policy but improve citizen and governmental outcomes.

Riggs Symposium Organizing Committee (2021)

  • Co-Chair: Meghna Sabharwal, University of Texas at Dallas, US.
  • Co-Chair: Atta Ceesay, SUNY Buffalo State, US.
  • Edgar Ramírez de la Cruz – Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, Mexico.
  • Peter Haruna, Texas A & M International University, US.
  • Farhad Hossain, University of Manchester, UK.
  • Naim Kapucu, University of Central Florida, US.
  • Alfred Wu, National University of Singapore, Singapore.

“Advancing Public Service: Current Challenges in Comparative Perspective”

Riggs 2019 Program Final ASPA

Friday, 8th of March 2019, 8:00am to 6:45pm

Riggs Symposium Organizing Committee (2019)

  • Kim Moloney, Chair-Elect of SICA, Murdoch University, Australia (Chair)
  • Peter Haruna, Texas A & M International University, US (Member)
  • Veronica Junjan, University of Twente, Netherlands (Member)
  • Naim Kapucu, University of Central Florida, US (Member)
  • Gedeon Mudacumura, immediate past SICA Chair, Cheyney University, US (Member)
  • Alasdair Roberts, University of Massachusetts – Amherst, US (Member)

2018 Riggs Symposium

Global Public Service: Innovative Solutions for Policy and Governance”

 SICA-ASPA, Denver, 9-13 March 2018

2017 Fred Riggs Symposium
“Recognizing the Role of the Public service and Re-building Its Image”
SICA-ASPA, Atlanta, 17-21 March 2017

The recent reform initiatives to reduce and redefine the role of the public service on the one hand, and the increasing needs and demands for reasserting its role on the other – the theme for the 2017 Riggs Symposium has been articulated as Recognizing the Role of the Public service and Re-building Its Image, which is in line with the general theme of the 2017 ASPA conference (i.e. Saluting the Public Service – A Bold and Noble Profession”).

Riggs Symposium Program 2017

Riggs Symposium Organizing Committee (2017)

  • M Shamsul Haque (Chair)
  • Kim Moloney (Member)
  • Peter Haruna (Member)
  • Veronica Junjan (Member)

2016 Fred Riggs Symposium:
Rethinking Public service Ethics: Cross-cultural Perspectives and Contemporary Challenges

Friday, 18 March 2016; 8:30am – 6:00pm
Westin Hotel, Seattle, Washington