Creativity in the Face Of Uncertainty: PA Theory as a Generative Force


Call for Proposals

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Program Information:

The deadline for submission of proposals is December 15th, 2017. Proposals will be evaluated by the conference program committee and proposers will be notified of the committee’s decisions via email by early spring. Email your proposals to patnet2018@gmail.com,

Questions about program substance or proposals for panels, papers, and roundtables should be addressed to the Program Committee Chair, Dr. Patricia Shields, patnet2018@gmail.com.


Pre-Conference Workshop
A pre-conference workshop for doctoral students will be held on Thursday May 31 from 1-5 pm. Facilitated by Thomas Catlaw (Arizona State University) and Laura Hand (University of North Dakota), the workshop will provide a forum for students to discuss and debate important intellectual problems in contemporary public administration. Additional details on the workshop will be provided but students should express interest in participating in the workshop at the time that they submit their conference proposals.


Panels proposals should include:

  • A brief description of the panel and its relationship to the conference theme, not to exceed 150 words in length.
  • An abstract of each participant’s proposed paper, not to exceed 150 words in length and including title, participant’s name, organizational affiliation, and e-mail address.
  • Names, organizational affiliations, and e-mail addresses for the convener and moderator/ discussant.
  • In order to ensure time for discussion, the preferred panel includes 3 papers and a discussant or 4 papers and a moderator.

Breakfast roundtable discussion proposals should include:

  • A brief description of the roundtable and its relationship to the conference theme, not to exceed 150 words in length
  • Listing of each participant, including participant’s name, organizational affiliation, and e-mail address.
  • Names, organizational affiliations, and e-mail addresses for the conveners and moderators.

Individual Papers Proposals should include:

  • Title of paper.
  • Name(s) of author(s), organizational affiliations(s) and e-mail address(es).

An abstract not to exceed 150 words in length, which describes the substance of the paper and 
relation to conference theme.


Welcome to Cleveland!

The Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs is proud to host the 2018 Public Administration Theory Network Conference.

Conference Hotel Information: Attendees receive a discounted rate at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at Playhouse Square. To make your reservations, please click here.

Program Information: The proposal deadline is December 15, 2017.

Registration: Registration will open on February 1, 2018 and close on May 1, 2018. To receive a discount on registration, in addition to other benefits, please join the Theory Network today.

Travel: As one of the largest cities in the Midwest, Cleveland is easily accessible.

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Attractions: The host committee has assembled a map with some of the interesting destinations available in Cleveland. Please click here to view the map.

The conference events will take place at the Maxine Goodman Levin College, with the exception of the Conference Reception. It will be held at the Cleveland Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.