Special Issue "Leadership In the Public Sector: From an International Perspective"

A special issue of Administrative Sciences (ISSN 2076-3387). This special issue belongs to the section "Leadership".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Paul Joyce
Guest Editor
University of Birmingham, Institute of Local Government Studies and Leeds Beckett University
Interests: strategic management and leadership in the public sector; change management; reform and modernization of the public sector
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The core theme for this Special Issue is: “The Quality of Leadership in Public Administration and Governance Really Matters”. As a topic, it has many dimensions and issues. Some of them are suggested by the following questions:

1. How do leaders in public administration and governance create support for the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and mobilise whole-of-government and whole-of-society efforts to deliver them?

2. What do leaders do in order to create and sustain effective government and/or public sector organisations?

3. How do political and administrative leaders operate within the context of specific political systems to create regulatory activities and public services that are responsive to the needs and aspirations of citizens and communities?

4. How do political and administrative leaders build the approval of the public for their leadership of governments and public sector organisations?

5. What are the most important skills possessed and used by effective leaders in government organisations and the wider public sector?

6. How do leaders in public administration and governance provide leadership that creates credible long-term strategic visions and how do they ensure that the visions are delivered successfully?

7. How do leaders in public administration and governance encourage (i) experimentation in strategy and/or policy, (ii) organisational receptivity to learning lessons, and (iii) a capacity for public sector innovation and adaptation?

8. What leaders in public administration and governance are best suited to leading in emergency situations created by civil contingencies (e.g., pandemics)?

Please send us your paper addressing the topic of this Special Issue, including ones that address any of the eight questions above. We are especially interested in papers written from a social science perspective and which contain empirical data and theoretical models. We are also especially interested in papers that use a comparative design and papers that consider the practical application of theoretical conclusions.

Prof. Dr. Paul Joyce
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • leaders
  • effectiveness
  • sustainable development goals
  • responsiveness
  • citizens
  • communities

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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