Dear Colleagues,


Welcome to the PUPOL monthly newsletter in September 2021. We collected some interesting updates from our field of public and political leadership.

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


Deadline for the next newsletter: September 30, 2021


PUPOL news

  • Please join us for the second ‘stop’ on PUPOL Early Career Network on Tour-series, at the Responsible and Sustainable Business Lab (RSB Lab) at Nottingham Trent University in the UK.

The seminar & discussion will take place Monday, September 27th @ 9.00-10.00 BST/10.00-11.00 CEST.

During this seminar, Elme Vivier will introduce the RSB Lab, and specifically its projects and pedagogical work related to leadership and public leadership. This will also be an opportunity for discussion and getting to know you and other early career scholars working in the leadership domain.

This session will take place online, through MS Teams. Please register your interest to attend this event here! You can find the flyer of the event in the attachment!

  • The International Journal of Public Leadership (IJPL), in which many conference papers of PUPOL participants has been published over the last few years, has now been accepted for inclusion into Scopus.

See for more details: [LINK]

This is fantastic news, and is a reflection of the journal’s focus on high quality research, and its contribution to the wider scholarly debate. Congratulations to Professor Richard Callahan (editor) and Dr Tim Mau (associate editor) for their great work as editors of the journal and this major achievement!

Research developments

Some exiting readings for this month:

International Journal of Public Leadership: Volume 17 Issue 3 – Special Issue: Decentering Leadership

Guest Editors: Sarah Ayres, Mark Bevir, Kevin Orr

  • Ayres S, Bevir M and Orr K (2021) Editorial A new research agenda for decentering public leadership. International Journal of Public Leadership 17(3): 209–221. DOI: 10.1108/IJPL-08-2021-114.
  • Ford J and Harding N (2020) Performative seduction: how management consultants influence practices of leadership. International Journal of Public Leadership 17(3): 222–235. DOI: 10.1108/IJPL-07-2020-0062.
  • Harding N (2021) Leadership without “the led”: a case study of the South Wales Valleys. International Journal of Public Leadership 17(3). 236–246. DOI: 10.1108/IJPL-07-2020-0063.
  • Pors JG (2020) Local meaning-making in discursive, embodied and affective registers. International Journal of Public Leadership 17(3). 247–264. DOI: 10.1108/IJPL-06-2020-0053.
  • Bennister M (2021) Navigating three faces of decentred leadership in the UK Parliament. International Journal of Public Leadership 17(3). 265–282. DOI: 10.1108/IJPL-06-2020-0058.
  • Sancino A (2021) Local political leadership: from managerial performances to leaders-hip hop on social media? International Journal of Public Leadership 17(3). 283–297. DOI: 10.1108/IJPL-01-2021-0001.

Call for Paper

Call for papers for a special issue of Public Management Review: Insights for Public Management from Policing

Are you undertaking research on leadership in police or policing? If so, then this call for papers may be of interest to you.

In the past, policing studies have created and developed some important concepts used widely in public leadership and management/public administration, such as co-production, public value, and representative bureaucracy.  However, the links are sporadic rather than sustained, so this special issue is an opportunity to strengthen links and put policing more squarely on the map in terms of public leadership and management theory and research.  Policing can reveal the relationships between citizens and the state in a variety of ways, and raises questions about legitimacy, authority, purpose, value, diversity and inclusion, how services are organised, led and managed, and much more.

Leadership is an important area of policing and brings particular challenges, constraints and opportunities from which the wider public management field can learn.  Papers are sought on a wide range of topics and this clearly includes leadership.  If you wish to write about police or policing leadership, the focus of a paper will be on policing but it will draw out implications for wider understanding of public and political leadership, as relevant to the field of public management/public administration.

The first step is to submit a 500 word abstract rather than a full paper.  The editors are accepting submissions in two tranches, with deadlines of 15 November 2021 and 7 January 2022 (this enables early birds to get started on writing their full paper but otherwise the tranches are equal).  There will be an online workshop for those invited to submit full papers in May 2022, which will be a chance to share and explore ideas.

The editors are happy to informally explore ideas for submissions. The full call for papers is on the Public Management Review website.

  • Jean Hartley, Professor of Public Leadership, Centre for Policing Research and Learning, Open University Business School, The Open University, UK, jean.hartley@open.ac.uk
  • Edoardo Ongaro, Professor of Public Management, Department of Public Leadership and Social Enterprise, Open University Business School, The Open University, edoardo.ongaro@open.ac.uk
  • Kathryn Quick, Associate Professor and Chair of the Public and Nonprofit Leadership and Management area, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, ksquick@umn.edu
  • Eckhard Schröter, Professor of Public Administration, German University of the Police, Department of Administrative Sciences, eckhard.schroeter@dhpol.de

Informal enquiries about the call for papers to any of the editors or via the administrator, Natalie Rankin, Natalie.rankin@open.ac.uk

For more details: [LINK]