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  • AAPA Study Group on Social Policy and Management in an Aging Society

    AAPA Study Group on Social Policy and Management in an Aging SocietyAgeing has a significant impact on society around the world. Particularly, population ageing is a phenomenon that occurs when the median age of a country rises due to rising life expectancy and/or declining fertility rates. The UN predicts the rate of population ageing in the 21st century will exceed that of the previous century. Thus, it is fair to say that aging is a severe challenge, but the existence of crisis is often accompanied by hope.Population ageing arises from demographic effects such as increasing longevity and declining fertility. Asia and Europe are the two regions where a significant number of countries face population ageing in the near future. If it is appropriate and effective for public policy and governance strategy to encourage the elderly to participate in economic, social, political, cultural, spiritual and public affairs as well as volunteer service, they will become the valuable wealth of social harmony and an invaluable source of economic growth, thus realizing the coordinated development between an aging population and social economy, and achieving sustainable development in the aging society. Some relevant initiatives have been advocated by the United Nations (UN) on the First and the Second World Assembly on Aging and other important documents, such as Active Aging - Policy Framework, from the World Health Organization (WHO). This study group plans to have an international workshop on social policy and management issues in an aging society. A coordinator of this study group is Dr. Yifan Yang who is a Deputy Director of the National Interdisciplinary Institute on Aging at Southwest Jiaotong University in Chengdu, China and he can be reached at WorkshopAAPA Study Group on Social Policy and Management in an Aging Society plans to have the first workshop of Collaborative Governance on Aging: International and Comparative Study in the National Interdisciplinary Institute on Aging (NIIA) at Southwest Jiaotong University (SWJTU) with support from the Asian Association of Public Administration (AAPA). The National Interdisciplinary Institute on Aging (NIIA), founded on May 15, 2015, is the first national research base for the study of aging, jointly established by the National Committee on Aging in Southwest Jiaotong University (SWJTU). The workshop is scheduled to be held during 19th-23rd June 2016 in Chengdu, which is affiliated with the IIAS-IASIA 2016 Joint Congress. A more detailed workshop schedule will be notified soon. The deadline for paper collection is May 30th, 2016. Interested researchers and experts are encouraged to join the workshop.In addition to the invitation of renowned international scholars and nationally recognized experts from the China Center for Comparative Politics and Economics (CCCPE) of the Central Compilation and Translation Bureau and the Representative Office in China of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to make keynote speeches, there will be participants attending the workshop by presenting papers, which emphasis collaborative governance by employing comparative study, focusing on the theory and practice of public policy in an aging society, discussing how to build the sustainable system about social service with fair tolerance and high quality in order to improve the extent and quality for the elderly to fully participate in social development, facilitate the active and orderly development of social organizations and promote the realization of governance innovation in aging society.Main Theme and Sub-ThemesThis workshop’s main theme is Collaborative Governance on Aging. Its sub-themes include: (1) a comparative study on social participation in an aging society; (2) a comparative study on political participation in an aging society; (3) the urban social service system and the elders’ participation in social development; (4) international organizations and international discourse system governance innovation in an aging society; (5) social organization and governance innovation in an aging society; and (6) experience and case studies at home and abroad on governance innovation in aging.LogisticsMeals and convention expenses of the authors for their selected papers will be covered by the organizer, but participants should shoulder the responsibility for hotel, transportation, and registration fee. Submissions for this workshop (both in Chinese and English are available, and all submissions must be original and unpublished.) must be sent to the contact person Dr. Yifan Yang, Deputy Director of National Interdisciplinary Institute on Aging, by e-mail at before May 30th, 2016. Depending on the circumstances, the organizer may recommend an excellent paper from this workshop for the anonymous review process of the Asian Review of Public Administration (ARPA) and the Journal of Southwest Jiaotong University (Social Science Edition).

  • AAPA Study Group on Collaborative and Deliberative Governance

    AAPA Study Group on Collaborative and Deliberative GovernanceIf you are interested in joining the AAPA Study Group on Collaborative and Deliberative Governance, please do not hesitate to contact the Coordinator of the Study Group on Collaborative and Deliberative Governance, Dr. Dakyoung Kim (, or AAPA Secretary, Mr. Taein Park (

  • AAPA Study Group on E-Government

    Generally speaking, e-government can be referred to as the use and application of information and communication technology (ICT) in public administration to streamline and integrate workflows and processes, to effectively manage data and information, enhance the public service delivery, as well as expand communication channels for engagement and empowerment of the people. In other words, e-government is based on the utilization of ICT and its application by the government for the convenient and timely provision of information and public services for the people. E-Government holds tremendous potential to improve the way that governments deliver public services and enhance a broad range of stakeholder involvement in public service. E-government and innovation can provide significant opportunities to transform the quantity and quality of public administration in a creative and sustainable manner. Based on the best and good practices from around the world and Asia in particular, effective e-government development depends on strong political will, collaborative leadership and new governance frameworks to support and manage a citizen-centric service delivery model, including a national ICT policy and e-government strategy, as well as strengthening institutions and building the capacities of public servants. In addition, policy advice on e-government from the academic community could become a promoting factor for further development of e-government in the Asian public sector. Therefore, AAPA is excited to announce the call for the development of an E-Government Study Group.The theme of the AAPA E-Government Study Group is particularly relevant to research the multi-faceted and complex challenges that many Asian countries face today. Due to a number of factors, there are wide disparities among regions and countries in the state of their e-government development as observed throughout the world and Asia in particular. However, a group study on e-government could narrow down such a gap and enhance the degree of mutual understanding and further cooperation for the development of e-government. The E-Government Study Group will be operated by the AAPA members and form a focal point for academicians, professionals, graduate students, fellows, and associates pursuing research throughout the Asian countries. The Study Group aims to explore the latest developments in e-government as well as translating related theories for practice and practice into theory. The Study Group on E-Government is pursuing research into various issues on e-government and the following issues are selective issues as an example: (1) e-government development strategy; (2) a whole-of-government strategy; (3) one-stop service; (4) open government data; (5) multi-channel service delivery; (6) e-participation and e-decision making; (7) digital divide and policy for vulnerable groups; and (8) expanding usage and applications, etc. If you are interested in joining this study group, please do not hesitate to contact the Coordinator of the Study Group on E-Government: Professor Choong-Sik Chung at

  • AAPA Study Group on Corruption in Asian Countries

    CoordinatorProf Jon S.T. Quah(Singapore)Anti-Corruption ConsultantRetired Professor of Political ScienceNational University of SingaporeVice-President, AAPA (2010-2012)Objectives of Study Group1. To initiate comparative research oncorruption in Asian countries;2. To organize seminars, workshops andconferences on corruption in Asiancountries; and3. To publish working papers, conferenceproceedings, special journal issues, andbooks on corruption in Asian countries.Founding Members1. Prof. Eric Vincent Batalla (Philippines)2. Dr. Roby Arya Brata (Indonesia)3. Prof. Edmund Terence Gomez (Malaysia)4. Prof. Yong Guo (China)5. Prof. Kilkon Ko (South Korea)6. Prof. Sonny Lo Shiu Hing (Hong Kong)7. Prof. Minoru Ouchi (Japan)8. Prof. Ake Tangsupvattana (Thailand)9. Prof. Krishna K. Tummala (India)10. Prof. Juree Vichit-Vadakan (Thailand)11. Prof. Chilik Yu (Taiwan)

  • Call for AAPA Study Groups

    Study groups should blend research leadership with institutionalization of various issues: public management, civil service reform, e-government, public policy, public sector reform, human resource management in government, budgeting and financial administration, organization theory and behavior, public leadership, social welfare, local and urban administration, administrative law and regulation, disaster and crisis management, etc.Having so, members can make a panel proposal and identify who is interested in what. Study groups can work together on their area of interest as co-authors. Interested members should write a one page proposal including a designated study coordinator and several members and send it to AAPA Secretary at anytime.

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