Public Administration Discussion Meeting

I am organizing and chairing the monthly Public Administration discussion meeting at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. Together with Jesse Campbell, who is currently working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Administration at Incheon National University in South Korea, I established this series in autumn 2015; in October 2016 the 9th PA discussion meeting took place. We started as a closed shop of some 10-20 people from the School, and now announcing events campus-wide. The meetings are open to researchers and students from across all disciplines. Prior registration is not required; however, if you do are not a member of HSE please contact me before an upcoming event.

(pictured above: view from Lubyanskaya Square onto with one of the seven sisters skyscrapers)

Prior meetings

9th Public Administration Discussion Meeting: “Stress Test for Public Finances – Policy-Responses to the Financial and Economic Crisis in the OECD”. Presenter: Uwe Wagschal, University of Freiburg, Germany. 2016, October 10th.

8th Public Administration Discussion Meeting: “Innovative Behavior and Patriotic Public Service Motivation of Russian Civil Servants”. Presenter Tim Jaekel, Higher School of Economics. 2016, May 23.

Abstract: Russian Civil servants self-report a high level of Patriotic Public Service Motivation (PPSM), and job satisfaction. In my paper I study how innovative and error-correcting behavior of Russian Public Civil servants correlates with PPSM, power motivation as well as the empowerment practice of informing employees about strategical goals of the organization. Civil servants with a higher level of (P)PSM are expected to correct existing errors in standard operating procedures (SOP) and to introduce “new ways of doing things” (Fernandez and Moldogaziev 2013); and so to improve their organizations’ performance and citizens’ well-being. For empirical analysis I use a new unique dataset with some 1,600 responses from a survey questionnaire among local civil servants in the Russian Leningrad region. The results from multinomial logistic regression (MNL) show that the effects of public service motivation (seven item scale, Cronbach’s alpha =0.72), power motivation (nine-item scale, Cronbach’s alpha=0.78), job satisfaction and the empowerment practice of providing information about goals aims vary on the motivation to innovate vary by response category of the dependent variable (five choice outcome). Employees with a high, but not the highest level of public service motivation, exhibit a notable level of innovative behavior. This confirms the hypothesis that public service motivation is positively correlated with innovation motivation. In contrast power motivation fails to achieve statistical significance throughout all models. The implications for practitioners and methodological issues for further research are discussed.

7th Public Administration Discussion Meeting: “From Skillset to Mindset: A New Paradigm for Leader Development of the Senior Civil Service”. Presenter: Robert Kramer, National University of Public Service in Budapest. 2016, April 18.

6th Public Administration Discussion Meeting: “Contemporary Russian otkhodnichestvo”. Presenter: Natalia Zhidkevich & Artemy Pozanenko, Higher School of Economics. 2016, March 14.

5th Public Administration Discussion Meeting (Three presentations; 2015, February 16):

  • Tobin Im, Seoul National University “Defining New Stages of National Development: A Time Perspective Approach”
  • Alexey Barabashev, Higher School of Economics: “Crisis of State Governance and Theoretical Tools for its Overcoming”
  • Alexander Kalgin, Higher School of Economics: “Performance management, satisfaction, and turnover: The role of organizational alignment”

4th Public Administration Discussion Meeting. “Public or private? Which values determine the choice of profession of MPA students?” Speaker: Tamara G. Nezhina, Higher School of Economics. 2015, December 14

3rd Public Administration Discussion Meeting: “How to determine optimal staff size in the local administrations”. Speaker: Ilya Akishin, Higher School of Economics. 2015, November 23

2nd Public Administration Discussion Meeting: “The Application of Quantitative Methods for Study of Civil Service Reform”. Speaker: Georgy Borshevskiy, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA). 2015, October 19

1st Public Administration Discussion Meeting: “Theory of an Effective State, and governmental Bodies Evaluation” Speaker: Alexey Barabashev, Higher School of Economics. 2015, September 21