PUPOL Newsletter – January 2021

We collected some interesting updates from our field of public and political leadership.

PUPOL news

 The PUPOL Early Carrier Network has been launched! We recommend that our young colleagues join the initiative, and we ask whoever has a supervised student to recommend this opportunity. The self-organizing ECN defines three main goals:

    1. Get inspired. Broaden academic horizons, discover career opportunities and meet remarkable scholars from across the globe
    2. Facilitate transnational academic partnership, networking, and exchange of experiences.
    3. Make an impact. Create and share excellent academic research on public and political leadership.

Along with these goals, ECN plans to organize regular research seminars on specific leadership topics, create a social media group, facilitate discussions with senior scholars and practitioners, and publish a public and political leadership blog. If you have any questions or would like to join the initiative, please contact Lara van Osch (l.m.van.osch@fgga.leidenuniv.nl) or Laura Werkmeister (laura.werkmeister@uni-hamburg.de). Or join our Facebook Group! (Of course: don’t forget either PUPOL’s Facebook page!)

Research developments

A timely blog post:

Three exiting articles from our network:

Two sourcebooks of last year that everyone must keep in mind for future researches:

The latest issue of the International Journal of Public Leadership (Vol. 16 No. 4):

  • Ratnadi, N.M.D., Martunis, A., Aryanto, D. and Widanaputra, AAGP, “The hospital management responses in implementing transformational leadership style in Dr Zainoel Abidin Regional Public Hospital.”
  • Wexler, M.N. and Oberlander, J., “Public leadership and the wicked problem continuum.”
  • Mejheirkouni, A., “Exploration of servant leadership and volunteers’ commitment in the nonprofit and voluntary sector in war zones.”
  • Mau, T.A., “Representative bureaucracy as a leadership issue: the Canadian case.”
  • Nawab, A. and Asad, M.M., “Leadership practices of school principal through a distributed leadership lens: a case study of a secondary school in urban Pakistan.”

Calls for Conference Papers

The PUPOL will organize a panel at the International Research Society for Public Management Conference. The first virtual IRSPM Conference will be held on April 20 – 23, 2021. The call for paper abstracts is open until February 12, 2021. (Details of abstract submission)

The Standing Group on Elites and Political Leadership of European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) sponsors the following two workshop at the virtual Joint Sessions organized in May:

  1. Cabinet Ministers Between Politics and Policy’ workshop organized by Despina Alexiadou (University of Strathclyde) and Ilana Shpaizman (Bar Ilan University)
  2. Elites and Their Challengers? Bridging Sociological and Political Science Approaches’ workshop organized by Håkan Johansson (Lunds Universitet) and Trygve Gulbrandsen (Institute for Social Research, Oslo)

The deadline for proposals is February 8, 2021.

The Standing Group also organizes eight panels in this section entitled ‘Alive and Kicking: Elites and Leaders in a (Post) Pandemic World?’ at ECPR General Conference, held between August 31 and September 3, 2021.

The Standing Group of Presidential Politics provides another attractive section about presidential leadership (entitled Presidential Leadership: Personality, Accountability, and Governance in Democracy and Autocracy) at the General Conference.

The deadline for paper and panel proposals for both ECPR sections is February 10, 2021.



Please send Rudolf Metz (rudolf.metz@uni-corvinus.hu) news about events, conferences, special issues, jobs, research funds, your new publications, and other relevant writings. We will share this information in our monthly newsletter and on our Facebook site.

Deadline for the next newsletter: February 20, 2021