PUPOL Newsletter – February 2020

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

PUPOL news and events

  • PUPOL Webinar Series: What can cities and communities learn from Covid-19?

Wednesday 24th March 2021 4.00 – 5.30 pm (GMT)

This international webinar will bring together political and civil society leaders from cities at the hotspot of Covid-19, such as Bergamo (Italy), Bristol (UK), London (UK), and Milan (Italy), by sharing insights and by reflecting on the recently published book by Professor Hambleton. We will discuss together how to go beyond Covid-19 and build more equitable, sustainable, and resilient cities for a post-Covid-19 world


This international webinar is organised by the Citizenship and Governance Strategic Research Area of The Open University in cooperation with the PUPOL International Academic Network

Registeration: [HERE]


  • PUPOL Early Carrier Network on Tour: the Leiden Leadership Centre

Monday 29th March 2021 9.00 – 10.30 am (CEST)

The event series provides an opportunity for young researchers and their research centres, research groups and young researchers to present their on-going research and professional and educational activities. Our first stop will be the Leiden Leadership Centre, Universiteit Leiden (NL) introduced by Dr. Ben Kuipers, director and Moniek Akerboom MSc., PhD candidate. We will soon provide more details! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and PUPOL website!


Research developments

Some exiting readings for this month:

The latest issue of the International Journal of Public Leadership (Vol. 17 No. 1):

Special Issue: Public Leadership in Times of Crisis–Viewpoints on Political and Administrative Leadership in Response to COVID-19

  • Tim A. Mau, Richard F. Callahan, Frank Ohemeng. “Guest editorial”
  • Juraj Nemec. “Government transition in the time of the COVID-19 crisis: Slovak case”
  • Rosley Anholon, Milena Pavan Serafim, Wagner Luiz Lourenzani, Iris Bento Silva, Izabela Simon Rampasso. “Leadership in Brazilian public universities: initiatives conducted by three state universities of São Paulo in the context of COVID-19 pandemic”
  • Ken Weidner II, Lisa A.T. Nelson. “The role of power-addiction and maladaptive denial in the US federal COVID-19 response”
  • Spyros Schismenos, Antoine A. Smith, Garry J. Stevens, Dimitrios Emmanouloudis. “Failure to lead on COVID-19: what went wrong with the United States?”
  • Rebecca M. Entress, Jenna Tyler, Staci M. Zavattaro, Abdul-Akeem Sadiq “The need for innovation in deathcare leadership”
  • Abdul-Akeem Sadiq, Naim Kapucu, Qian Hu. “Crisis leadership during COVID-19: the role of governors in the United States”
  • Jeffrey Glenn, Claire Chaumont, Pablo Villalobos Dintrans. “Public health leadership in the times of COVID-19: a comparative case study of three countries”
  • M Aslam Alam “Leading in the shadows: understanding administrative leadership in the context of COVID-19 pandemic management in Bangladesh”
  • Michal Plaček, David Špaček, František Ochrana “Public leadership and strategies of Czech municipalities during the COVID-19 pandemic – municipal activism vs municipal passivism”
  • Paul Pounder “Responsible leadership and COVID-19: small Island making big waves in cruise tourism”


Calls for Papers

International Journal of Public Leadership Vol. 18, No. 2, 2022Public Leadership in Times of Crisis—The Intersection of Political and Administrative Leadership Responding to Crisis

Guest Editors: Tim A. Mau (University of Guelph, Canada tmau@uoguelph.ca) and Frank Ohemeng (Concordia University, Canada frank.ohemeng@concordia.ca)

For this special issue, we are looking for more in-depth, theoretically-oriented research papers or case studies that focus on how politicians, public servants and civil society actors provide leadership in response to a wide range of crises—be it political (e.g. responding to and preparing for Brexit), social and economic (e.g., famine or drought in Africa or an Asian tsunami), or health-related (e.g. the COVID-19 pandemic, the global SARS crisis, or the avian flu). As we know, in crisis situations, leadership in varied forms and addressing myriad questions is critical (Boin et al. 2018; Hartley, 2018). Having said that, we are especially interested in research studies that focus specifically on the interface between political and administrative leaders responding to such crises, since this an important area of public leadership research that has hitherto been neglected (Hartley, 2018).

Again, as an internationally-focused journal, we would like to capture a truly global perspective (Comfort et al., 2010) regarding various forms of public leadership during crises in this special issue, particularly from those parts of the world—namely Africa and Asia—that at present do not figure as prominently in the public leadership literature. Submissions can be country-specific, as well as comparative, examining examples of public sector leadership in two or more jurisdictions.

Manuscripts could address any of the following as well as other related questions that will contribute to our understanding of either public leadership in the broadest sense, which includes political, administrative or civic leadership (’t Hart and Tummers, 2019), or strategy and governance (Roberts, 2020) in times of crisis:

  1. What is the nature of the relationship between political and administrative leaders during crisis situations? Does the power shift from the politicians to various administrative leaders during a crisis because of an increased emphasis on the need for evidence-based decision-making?
  2. The public administration literature points to a shift to more shared and collaborative forms of leadership as a result of the shift to the new public management and new public governance paradigms. Does the need for shared leadership—between political, administrative and civic leaders—take on even greater importance in a crisis?
  3. Do crises provide more opportunities for innovative leadership by public servants at all levels?
  4. How do frontline public servants or street-level bureaucrats and their superiors provide leadership during a crisis? Does the nature of administrative leadership change during a crisis?
  5. Are charismatic administrative leaders more effective at motivating and inspiring public sector employees during times of crisis than other types of leaders?
  6. Are there best practices of leadership development in crisis management that can be applied in every situation?
  7. How can administrative leaders use foresight to conceptualise and understand future crisis events?
  8. What leadership lessons can be learned from the crisis situation in question and how can political and administrative leaders both learn and prepare for future crises?

We welcome manuscripts between 6,000 and 8,500 words that report on any type of quantitative or qualitative research undertaken by the author(s) involving the construction and/or testing of a model or framework or the presentation and analysis of survey or interview data. We would also be interested in case studies of administrative leadership in times of crisis; these cases would describe actual interventions or experiences of administrative leaders within public sector organizations.

Those authors who are interested in being considered for publication in this special issue of the journal should submit their papers using the ScholarOne Manuscript submission system (https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ijpl) by August 1, 2021The deadline for final acceptance of manuscripts is February 7, 2022.


  • Boin, Arjen, Paul ’t Hart, Eric Stern and Bengt Sundelius (2017). The Politics of Crisis Management: Public Leadership Under Pressure. Cambridge University Press.
  • Comfort, Louise, Arjen Boin, and Chris Demchak (2010). Designing Resilience: Preparing for Extreme Events. University of Pittsburgh Press.
  • Hartley, Jean (2018). “Ten propositions about public leadership, ”International Journal of Public Leadership,  14 Issue: 4, pp.202-217,  https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPL-09-2018-0048.
  • Roberts, Alasdair (2020) Strategies for Governing: Reinventing Public Administration for a Dangerous Century, Cornell University Press.
  • ’t Hart, Paul and Lars Tummers (2019). Understanding Public Leadership. Red Globe Press.

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: March 20, 2021

Call for Abstracts: IRSPM Conference 2021

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)

Societies face increasingly complex and wicked challenges occurring simultaneously, across a diverse range of issues such as global health threats to our lifestyle, freedom, and the economy; technological advances that impact on privacy; threats to democracy; climate emergency; income and racial inequalities; migration, and more.

To address such societal challenges, on one side citizens look to public leaders to exercise leadership on behalf of them; on the other side, citizens step up to take a public leadership role, for example, Greta Thunberg for climate change. Examining the impact of leadership on society and communities expands the understanding of whether and how public leadership can make a difference.

This panel proposal calls for papers to investigate the role, processes, and impact of public leadership in responding to contemporary complex and wicked societal challenges at any level, from the micro to the macro. Public leadership is intended broadly, as leadership in the public sphere (Hartley 2018) dealing with collective problems and/or collective opportunities across sectors. We welcome both theoretical and empirical contributions, with a range of well-articulated methodologies.

Abstracts should be of max. 500 words including references. More detailed authors’ guidelines will be available on IRSPM.org and the ExOrdo system for reference. The panel is organized in cooperation with the PUPOL (Public and Political Leadership) network https://www.pupolnetwork.com and will feature traditional paper presentation sessions, and open sessions to discuss public leadership in a post-Covid-19 world and needed future directions of public leadership research. This will enable the panel to bring together a range of diverse views and traditions on public leadership.

Some of the topics that are particularly welcome are the following, but we are open to any relevant work which studies political, managerial and community leadership for the public sphere:

  • The relationship between public leadership, collaborative governance, and strategic management;
  • Public leadership responses to Covid-19, including comparative analysis across and within nations
  • Political leaders under stress: challenges of populism and technocracy for democratic leadership in extraordinary times;
  • Place-based and collaborative approaches to public leadership;
  • The role of leadership in enhancing the salience of purpose in public organizations and partnerships;
  • Ethical leadership and the role of compassion in political and public leadership responses to crises;
  • Differences and/or similarities of forms of political, managerial and community leadership;
  • The role of public leadership in addressing causes and consequences of inequality and social exclusion;
  • Public leadership from the ground up: resistance and agency of historically marginalized and subaltern groups;
  • The role of public and political interactive leadership in engaging members of the society in interactive policy and public management;
  • Positive and negative followership and the role of social networks and media and their impacts on leadership.

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

After a successfull conference… but already looking to the future

Our 5th international conference was finished successfully online on Thursday 15 and Friday 16 October 2020. We are grateful to have Leiden Leadership Centre to host PUPOL2020 “Leadership in Progress”! Ben Kuipers and the local organizing committee team made fantastic work in these challenging and unusual times. Through many interesting lectures, workshops, and seminars, we have not only learned more about new ways of analyzing and conceptualizing public and political leadership, but we have will tighten our relations reinforcing a collaboration between academia and practice that is essential to advance public leadership. We also launched our Early Career Network (more details coming soon)!

Here you will find a brief summary in word and pictures of the two conference days!

We are preparing a series of seminars for next year encouraging students and practitioners to discuss theoretical, ethical, and methodological issues of public and political leadership. We will soon provide more details!

5th PUPOL International Conference

The 5th PUPOL International conference has been transformed into a fully online remote conference.

To enable a smooth and vibrant online meeting and help with its organisation, we kindly ask participants to:

  • check the set up of the panel session division, based on the timeslot preferences provided us with (direct link here);
  • upload the full paper or other research material
  • confirm registration and buy tickets for online participation.

The deadline is 5th October.
Full details can be found on the Conference Website > https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/governance-and-global-affairs/leiden-leadership-centre/pupol2020


The new dates for PUPOL2020 are the 15-16 October 2020.

The conference can be attended either in real life or virtually (remote conference).

Check all new details here: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/governance-and-global-affairs/leiden-leadership-centre/pupol2020


The 5th PUPOL International Conference has been postponed due to the Covid-19 spread. More details can be found here.


We are proud to announce that the fifth PUPOL International Conference will take place on 16-17 April 2020 in The Hague, The Netherlands. 

The conference theme will be “Leadership in Progress: New Avenues in Studying and Developing Public and Political Leadership”.

The Call for Papers is now open! (deadline for submission: 1st November 2019)

You can find all details about it and the conference (programme, fee,…) here: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/events/2020/04/conference-pupol-public-and-political-leadership

We look forward to welcoming all of you in The Hague!

Academic Network Public and Political Leadership