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Journal for Comparative Policy Analysis -

International Comparative Policy Analysis Forum &

International Society for Third-Sector Research


Call for Papers

Pre-conference Workshop on


Comparative Perspectives on

Government/Third Sector Relations


Amsterdam, July 9, 2018

(13th International Conference of ISTR, July 10-13, 2018)



Abstract Submission Deadline:                     April 22, 2018 (250 words)

Notification of Accepted Proposals:             May 1, 2018

Full Paper Submission and Registration:      June 15, 2018

Workshop Fee:                                               $136 ($56 for students)


Purpose: To mark the 20th anniversary of the Journal for Comparative Policy Analysis, the International Comparative Policy Analysis Forum organizes pre-conference workshops at several scholarly meetings. This workshop, co-sponsored by ISTR, invites proposals for papers that take a comparative perspective on government/third sector relations, focusing on public support, regulation or consultation/advocacy. We are looking for participants who will have well-developed working drafts ready by summer that they would like to discuss in a small group setting with greater intensity than possible in a typical conference session. Papers do not need to provide cross-national comparisons, but must comparatively contextualize their policy or country cases or apply or develop comparative theories or methodologies.


Topic: Despite a certain fascination with the market, as evidenced by growing commercialization and a perceived business orientation of nonprofits over the past two or three decades, third sector/government relations will likely remain the key driver of the sector's development in the near future. To be sure, commercialism and business orientation have been in fact been a consequence of the changing nature of public support for nonprofits: while some countries experienced a retrenchment of the state, others saw an expansion of government engagement, but often the nature, tools, and incentives of government support have been shifting in the age of new public management and collaborative governance. Interest in revisiting the collaborative model that underlies the government nonprofit relationship in many countries is reflected in the reemergence of the coproduction concept. Greater focus on performance has spawned entirely new approaches to the partnership, such a social impact bonds.


Public policies that seek to increase, reduce, and reform the government’s financial support for the third sector in its various forms, however, are only but one leg of the three-legged stool of government/third sector relations. The others are regulation and consultation. Regulation affects both demand for and the supply of nonprofit organizations: the former by protecting public trust through establishing accountability mechanisms; the latter through creating enabling or disabling conditions for the establishment and ongoing operations of nonprofits, including fiscal/tax regulation. Improving tax benefits, particularly to encourage the growth of private philanthropy, has been a mainstay of public policies towards the third sector since the era of state retrenchment began in the 1980s.  With the more recent backlash against democratization, legal regulation has been a tool of choice for (authoritarian) governments to shrink the space for civil society in most parts of the world. This takes the form of laws targeting NGOs specifically or the application of other regulatory frameworks, such as national security or anti-terrorism and money-laundering provisions, to the third sector. In many countries the negative consequences for NGOs of doing so are fully intended; in others (including parts of the global North), they are unintended byproducts of these regulations that can nevertheless significantly affect the operations of nonprofits. Self-regulation, as voluntary efforts to preempt government action, has also gained more traction in the recent past.


Consultation, including the participation of nonprofits in the policy process through advocacy, is the third major area of the relationship.  Few countries have provisions to formally involve nonprofits in the development of social welfare policy on a regular basis; some have open political systems that allows the third sector access, although nonprofits do not always choose to pursue political activities more fully, which sometimes is viewed as a result of dependence on public funding.  In other countries, the political system is closed, leaving few access points for nonprofits to engage policymakers and the process. Problems frequently emerge for nonprofits pursuing value-based agendas, such as human rights or democratization. Many groups, particularly iNGOs, frequently see their legitimacy questioned, as issues of participation and representation are raised.


Benefits: Authors of proposals selected for the workshop must commit to submit full paper drafts in advance of the workshop. Workshop participants will review and discuss each other’s papers to generate feedback to help improve the drafts before authors submit them for peer review to suitable journals. The conference fee covers a one-year membership in the International Comparative Policy Analysis Forum. Papers by members receive expedited Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis publication treatment after peer review and formal acceptance. At the workshop, other publication options will also be explored.


Proposals will be reviewed and selected by a committee appointed in consultation with the ISTR board. Submit abstracts by April 15, 2018 at  





Call for Papers for a Symposium on: “Entrepreneurship in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors”

Public Administration Review


Edited by:

David B. Audretsch , Indiana University

Donald S. Siegel, Arizona State University (as of 7/1/17)


Siri Terjesen, American University; Norwegian School of Economics, Norway


Entrepreneurship is a topic of growing interest to academics and policymakers. Scholars in the field of public administration have been slower than academics in other fields (e.g., business administration and economics) to embrace the study of entrepreneurship. That is not surprising since entrepreneurial activity has traditionally focused on the private sector and the pursuit of profit.

However, in recent years, we have witnessed a substantial rise in entrepreneurial initiatives in the public and non-profit sectors. These initiatives involve numerous government and non-profit entities, including federal agencies, universities, foundations, and state and local governments. Entrepreneurship in the public and non-profit sectors has broader social goals than conventional forms of entrepreneurship, such as the more rapid commercialization and use of inventions and new technologies arising from federally-funded research, enhancement of regional economic development, sustainability and other environmental objectives, and remedying other market failures with innovative solutions. These new initiatives also have important implications for the “entrepreneurial” behavior of public sector managers (e.g., Lewis, 1980; Schneider and Teske, 1992) and thus, the vast literature in public administration and political science on public entrepreneurship (e.g., Ostrom 1964, 2005; Wagner, 1966; Osborne and Gaebler, 1993; McGinnis and Ostrom, 2012).  

The proposed symposium seeks to bring together papers that address these issues. Another key goal of the symposium is to foster stronger links among entrepreneurship researchers in a variety of social science disciplines (including the field of management) and public administration scholars.   

Some themes that papers in the proposed symposium might address are: 

•           Public entrepreneurship and public sector entrepreneurship (Bellone and Goerl, 1992; Moon, 1999; Bernier and Hafsi, 2007; Leyden and Link, 2015)

•           Public policies and programs to promote entrepreneurship. For example:

o   The Bayh-Dole Act (Aldridge and Audretsch, 2011; Berman, 2012)

o   The Small Business Innovation Research Program (Audretsch, Link, and Scott, 2002), and

o   The NSF I-Corps Program (Pellicane and Blaho, 2015)

•           Social entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship in the non-profit sector (Frumkin and Kim, 2001; Korosec and Berman, 2006; Waddock and Post, 1991; Terjesen, Bosma, and Stam, 2015; Schneider, 2017; Terjesen, 2017)

•           Academic/university entrepreneurship, including:

o   Technology transfer offices, and

o   Property-based institutions, such as incubators/accelerators and science/technology parks (Link, Siegel, and Wright, 2015; Siegel, Waldman, and Link, 2003; Yu, Stough, and Nijkamp, 2009)

•           The contribution of entrepreneurship to regional economic development (e.g., Decker, Haltiwanger, Jarmin, and Miranda, 2014)


The Symposium will incorporate regular PAR features, including Theory to Practice, Research Synthesis, Public Administration and the Disciplines, Book Reviews, Perspectives and Commentary.


The Review Process and Tentative Timetable 

The following is a tentative schedule for the proposed symposium: 

•           Submission of papers: May 2018

•           First Round Completed Reviews of submitted papers: August 2018

•          Developmental workshop at the National Academy of Sciences in  Washington, D.C. September 2018

•           Submission of final papers: January-March 2019


Note that there will be a special developmental workshop for highly promising papers under review, which will be held at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C.



Call for Papers


Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference 2018


6-7 September 2018, NCVO Conference Suite, London, UK

Trust, Transparency and Accountability of Charities and Voluntary Organisations: Challenges for Policy, Practice and Research


This September we will be holding our annual Research Conference. This is the leading UK interdisciplinary conference for those with a shared interest in researching issues related to the voluntary sector and volunteering. Jointly hosted by NCVO and VSSN, the conference showcases new and emerging research and brings together academics, practitioners and policy-makers.


We welcome submissions for individual papers, panel sessions and workshops. Given the conference theme, we are particularly keen to receive proposals that address issues associated with trust, accountability and transparency, but we do also welcome proposals that address a range of issues relevant to the voluntary sector and volunteering, including:


1.      Civil society, democracy and grassroots voluntary action

2.      Volunteering, participation and social action

3.      Advances in theory and methods

4.      Resourcing the sector: funding, fundraising, philanthropy and social investment

5.      Organisational management and governance, including law and regulation

6.      Historical perspectives on the voluntary sector and voluntary action

7.      Sectoral boundaries: private-voluntary-public sector relations

8.      Understanding, measuring and valuing outcomes and impact


Please consider submitting a proposal and forwarding this email to those you think may be interested. Please find the full Call for Papers and the submission guidelines.


Deadline for submissions is 2 May 2018


Any questions, please email




LAEMOS 22-24 March Buenos Aires  the deadline for submitting 1000 words abstracts is 30th September 2018

Organizations contesting borders: Global refugees, Dispossession and Solidarity


Call for papers


Forced migration is not a new phenomenon. The geographically dispossessed and politically disenfranchised are often met with rejection and indifference on the part of those who could help (Stonebridge, 2016). Yet, in many cases networks of volunteers and local communities join forces to address the most urgent needs of the newly arrived refugees (Fotaki, 2017 For some, these initiatives embody the universal values of humanitarianism and international citizenship and reject the state's claim to a monopoly of concern and care, in the face of what is perceived as manifest incapacity or negligence (Foucault, 1979). Others have rejected these constituents as 'the short lived carnivalesque explosions of solidarity and care that are triggered by media images of successive spectacular tragedies in the migrants unending saga' (Bauman, 2016: 80).


The issues of refugee and migrants' protection are linked to the financial crisis and the neoliberal forms of governance (Fotaki and Prasad, 2015) characterized by growing transnational expulsions (Sassen, 2013). Both are bound to have an impact on both the state's and the populations' responses within and outside their national state boundaries. This has, for instance, led to a decreasing solidarity with uprooted people and a higher exploitability of migrants in conditions of deregulatory globalization and crisis (Cholewinski and Taran, 2009). Often the economic threat is collapsed with security threats (Long, 2012) that leads to a further and an even more aggressive reaffirmation of national borders. At the same time, there are diverse organizational and activist initiatives aiming to address the most urgent needs of the newly arrived refugees while resisting the notion of securitization. 


The purpose of this sub-theme is to draw on various experiences from transnational settings to discuss such solidarity initiatives emerging in conditions of economic crisis—with a particular focus on contexts of dispossession and expulsion of different groups of local populations. This sub-theme seeks to specifically engage with organization management theoretical perspectives to analyse various pertinent questions. The idea is to approach the topic from a transdisciplinary perspective while involving activists and academics working in different sites and contexts. We invite contributions that consider the organizational implications of borders/enclosures aiming to prevent the entry for various intruders/police borders and different categories of migrants, undesirables, seasonal 'illegal' workers, mixed migrants forced migrants and refugees.  The overarching questions of the sub-theme are:

·         How the idea of refugees and migrants as threat that needs to be contained at the outer boarder of Western geopolitical contexts (e.g., the European Union, the USA, Australia) functions performatively for volunteers, activists and local communities?

·         How such developments shape (and perhaps limit) transnational solidarity responses towards these groups across redefined boarder/spaces?

·          What are the means of resisting and reimagining solidarity in the neoliberal wastelands?    


Specifically, we invite contributions on the following topics but do not limit the potential research or activist interventions:

·         What is the role of activist organizations in assisting the cross-border movements?

·         What is the impact of supranational organizations such as bilateral charities and international volunteers on local communities and what are the areas of potential conflict or collaborations?

·         Gender dimension of the refugee movements and migration: practical & ethical challenges and implications

·         Human trafficking and nefarious forms of cross-border trade

·         How discourses of 'the Other' are produced and what is the role of the media in re-producing such discourses?



·         Bauman, Z. (2016) Strangers at Our Door. Cambridge: Polity Press.

·         Cholewinski, R. and Taran, P. (2009) 'Migration, Governance and Human Rights', Refugee Review Quarterly 28(4): 1-33.

·         Fotaki, M. (2017) TEDx Talk Turning Fear to Purpose

·         Fotaki, M. and Prasad, A. (2015) 'Questioning neoliberal capitalism and economic inequality in business schools. Academy of Management Learning & Education 14(4): 556-575.

·         Foucault, M. (1979) Michel Foucault on Refugees – A Previously Untranslated Interview From 1979.

·         Long, K. (2012) 'In Search of Sanctuary: Border Closures, "Safe" Zones, and Refugee Protection', Journal of Refugee Studies 26(3): 458-476.

·         Sassen, S. (2013) Expulsions. Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.

·         Stonebridge, L. (2016) Placeless People: Rights, Writing and Refugees. Oxford: Oxford University Press.




Call for Submissions
Philanthropy & Education is pleased to announce a call for submissions for the inaugural November 2016 publication. The journal is sponsored by Teachers College, Columbia University and published by Indiana University Press.
The journal’s mission is to promote scholarship and inform practice around philanthropy, which is broadly defined as including, but not limited to: fundraising, volunteerism, civic engagement, alumni relations, corporate social responsibility, prosocial behavior development, and the professionalization of the field of practice. Thus, Philanthropy & Education seeks to publish empirical and scholarly studies that are accessible to practitioners with clear implication for implementation.
The Editorial Board will welcome papers from all aspects of education (K-20+), both domestically and internationally, from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including but not limited to: anthropology, economics, history, law, management, political science, psychology, public administration, religious studies, social work, and sociology. To further the journal's mission, Philanthropy & Education encourages submissions from scholar-practitioners, particularly those who have recently completed their dissertations.
More information about Philanthropy & Education, as well as detailed submission guidelines and instructions, can be found here: Question can be directed to:
We look forward to reviewing exciting submissions in the coming months




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