IIAS-Lien 2019 Conference "Effective, Accountable, and Inclusive Governance" 18-21 June, Nanyang Technological University Call-for-Proposals

    1) Introduction

The IIAS-Lien 2019 Conference will be jointly organized by the International Institute of Administrative Sciences and the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. This is the first time two of the leading international flagship events from the International Institute of Administrative Sciences and the Nanyang Centre for Public Administration (NCPA) at the Nanyang Technological University will be held together on a single platform.

The IIAS-Lien 2019 Conference will take place at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore on June 18-21. It will focus on the theme of “Effective, Accountable and Inclusive Governance”. The organizers hereby invite the members and partners of their networks, and interested individuals, to contribute to the Conference by submitting a Track proposal.


    2) Background on the Theme

This theme reflects the emerging consensus at United Nations level as to what the concept of good governance means in the Agenda 2030 context.

“Good Governance” remains strongly associated with the Structural Adjustment Policies and the Washington Consensus (Williamson, 1990). In the practice, it used to mean a “night-watchman” state (Meles, 2011) fulfilling minimal functions and enabling the “unfettered” functioning of markets (Stiglitz, 2004). This model of governance “without government” (Rhodes, 1996) has fallen short of expectations.

In the meantime indeed, alternative, “unorthodox” (Headey, 2009; Wade, 1990) blueprints for development were synthesized on basis of the success stories of, Singapore, South Korea, and more recently, China. Despite significant differences, all cases have in common a strong role for government, with a professional public administration implementing powerful developmental visions designed at the top (Johnson, 1982; Leftwich, 1994). Most notably, Singapore’s success story lies on its continuous emphasis on integrity, confidence and trust in the form of an established governance structure and its embodying system.

Following the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) constitute the internationally legitimate framework for development. It sanctions the comeback of the state in development discourses. While baseline public administration constitutes a stand-alone development end in the 16th SDG, good governance is also an essential enabler, explicitly or not, of all other SDGs (Bouckaert et al. 2016).

It is also vital for governments and policy makers to put in place the enabling mechanisms to make the sweeping advances of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (“4IR”) towards achieving the SDGs. The 4IR characterised by the unique convergence of the physical, digital and biological worlds, offers huge potential to transform and realign our economies and societies but could also cause disruptions to citizens. The innovations and economic value unlocked by the 4IR must maximise positive social and environmental outcomes to bring abundance to all walks of society.

Although it is thus now widely acknowledged that public governance is part of the solution, there remains much room for discussion as to what constitutes intrinsically “good” governance. Fukuyama (2013) addressed the question, suggesting indicators decoupled from the ends of governance systems, and opening a vivid debate in the literature, also regarding whether “it is possible to have good governance without democracy” (Mahbubani, 2013).

Mandated to monitor progresses in public governance in the SDGs framework, the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration has brought forward the following principles of good governance (Committee of Experts on Public Administration, 2018):

  • Effective governance, where effectiveness refers to competence, sound policymaking and collaboration;

  • Accountable governance, were accountability refers to integrity, transparency and independent oversight;

  • Inclusive governance, where inclusiveness refers to leaving no one behind, non-discrimination, participation, subsidiarity, and intergenerational equity.


    3) Call-for-Proposals

The International Institute of Administrative Sciences and the Nanyang Centre for Public Administration with the School of Social Sciences of the Nanyang Technological University invite their institutional members and partners and interested individuals to contribute to the IIAS-Lien 2019 Conference by submitting proposals of Conference Tracks. A track proposal should have

  • A title;

  • One or several Chairperson(s), with contact data and institutional affiliation;

  • If applicable: the institution backing the proposal, its contact data and logo;

  • An own operationalization of the Conference theme (500 words maximum);

  • A call for contributions, providing guidance to authors regarding what is expected.


Proposals can be submitted to the IIAS-Lien 2019 Conference Organizing Committee (info@iias-lien-conference2019.org) by November 30, 2018.

Proposals will be evaluated by the Committee, which may could ask submitters to make reasonable adjustments.

Accepted calls will be published on the Conference website and diffused to a global audience by the organizers.

The Chairperson(s) will be responsible of the scientific organization of their track, involving the selection of received contributions.

Each Track will be granted a number of sessions depending upon the number of accepted contributions.

Track Chairpersons and participants will need to cover their transportation, accommodation and registration costs. Questions and requests should be addressed to info@iias-lien-conference2019.org.


    4)About the Organizers

      4.1) The International Institute of Administrative Sciences

The International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS) is an international non-profit organization headquartered in Brussels (Belgium). Established in 1930, its mission is to:


  • Organize high impact events for academe and the public service,

  • Produce and disseminate relevant knowledge on public governance,

  • Enable strategic projects with its members and partners, and

  • Accredit training programs.

Every year in late June, the IIAS organizes its flagship Congress, gathering more than 300 scholars, students and civil servants in a different region of the world.

The IIAS is also a Group of several public governance societies contributing to its mission through own events, publications, projects and accreditation services:


    4.2) Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU) has 33,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, and Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, and its Graduate College. NTU’s Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine was established jointly with Imperial College London. In 2018, NTU was placed 12th globally in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings and was also ranked the world’s best young university (under 50 years old) by QS for the fifth consecutive year. As a comprehensive university, NTU offers a diverse range of disciplines including public administration and global studies.

The Nanyang Centre for Public Administration (NCPA) is a leading institution in Asia that provides public governance and administration training programmes for regional and international organizations. The School of Social Sciences which includes Economics, Psychology, Public Policy and Global Affairs, Sociology, Geography and urban Planning have directed closed academic attention to the central themes of effective, accountable and inclusive governance.

Every alternate year, the NCPA supported by the Lien Foundation, organizes the Lien International Conference on Good Governance where more than 200 scholars, researchers and practitioners from all over the world gather to examine major issues in governance, public service delivery and evaluation.