New Developments in Public Administration and Governance

A special issue of Administrative Sciences (ISSN 2076-3387).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2025 | Viewed by 101

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Department of Public Administration and Policy, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK
Interests: public administration and governance; leadership in the public sector; strategic management in the public sector
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Dear Colleagues,

Governments and the wider public sector are facing many challenges. This is true worldwide. Some say that the world is becoming more volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous. Some refer to the visions of sustainable and inclusive development that can set an agenda for global partnerships and public–private cooperation. Some call for new capabilities and mindsets in the governments and public sectors of the future. And some want experiments with new strategies, digital transformations, and social and policy innovations.

This is a time for research and study of new developments in the world of public administration and governance, developments that may raise the quality of performance of government organization and the public sector, including those involving collaborations with the private sector and civil society. Accordingly, it is important that contributions to the Special Issue analyse new developments in terms of what is happening and what the consequences are, as well as offering conceptual frameworks and theoretical insights. It is also crucial to place the new developments in their context and explain the challenges that prompted them.

The overall aim of the Special Issue is to survey what new developments are happening in the field of public administration and governance using a social science perspective. This is a particular section of the administrative sciences field and has not only similarities but also differences from other sections. It aims to provide evidence and facts on new developments, rigorous analysis, and new insights into what administrative and governance developments might form promising possibilities in the future. The aim is also to be practically significant and theoretically interesting. Finally, the aim is to be truly international in scope, with the result that successful new developments in public administration and governance in different and varied countries can provide inspiring models that might be adapted for differing national contexts.

This Special Issue intends to be inclusive in terms of the new developments addressed. That said, the scoping of the Special Issue has identified at least five critical new developments which should be addressed:

  • New developments in strategic leadership.
  • New approaches to strategic management.
  • Agility: government and public sector organizations.
  • Digital transformation and Artificial Intelligence.
  • Public and private sector collaborations.

I look forward to receiving your contributions.

Prof. Dr. Paul Joyce
Guest Editor

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  • strategic leadership
  • agility
  • strategic management
  • digital transformation
  • challenges

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