NIG annual conference panels

PUPOL at the NIG Annual Work Conference

Every year, PUPOL organises a special panel on public and political leadership at the annual work conference of the Netherlands Institute of Government (NIG). At the NIG Annual Work Conference 2016, 24-25 November, Antwerp (Belgium), we had 7 papers that related leadership in the public and political domain to theory and research on for instance blame games, ethics, credibility, ideas, motivation, and elites. Participants greatly appreciated the atmosphere during the panel sessions, the depth and constructiveness of the discussions, and the extensive time available to debate about the different papers. It also sparked ideas for future collaborative research opportunities.

This feedback fits very well with the original aim of the PUPOL panel: to provide public and political leadership scholars with a platform in which they can (1) gain insight into the latest developments in the field by discussing each others’ work; (2) gather constructive feedback for further improvement of their own work; and (3) get acquainted with one another and explore new theoretical and methodological avenues for (joint) research on leadership in the public and political domain.

Interested to join us at the NIG annual work conference? Take a look at the 2017 Call for Papers. Topics for papers included in PUPOL panels include, but are not limited to:

  • The characteristic and distinctive features of public and/or political leadership, as compared to leadership in organizations in general;
  • Needs and expectations for leadership to create public value and safeguarding public values;
  • Needs and expectations for leadership in public and political contexts in response to ‘wicked problems’;
  • The effects of leadership on the achievement of public and political objectives;
  • The specific leadership role of administrative leaders in municipalities, regions, ministries and other public institutions.
  • The extent to which the public and political context affects the way we do leadership research in public administration and political science.

The panel always welcomes members of the PUPOL colloquium as well as other interested scholars.

Connection to the NIG research program

The panel theme is connected to two of the four NIG research programme themes. First, leadership in all its facets remains an important theme in public management settings, both for management within organizations and in the broader context of public sector reform. Second, leadership is relevant to the ‘multi-actor governance settings in complexity’ assuming that complex multi-actor networks have a need for steering beyond day-to-day management, both in procedural terms and in terms of their substantive objectives.

2017 panel chairs:

Dr. Sabina Stiller (Radboud University Nijmegen) and Marij Swinkels, MA. (Utrecht University).