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Public Management for the Future: 
Innovative ways of Governing and Managing

Governments and their administrative systems are being reinvented. The drivers are not only efficiency, information and communication technology innovations, environmental challenges or implications of economic crises and austerity, but also the results of scientific enquiry about the complex relationships of society, culture, technology, history and how we think about them for achieving public good.

25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall we can draw an account of the generational change of the post-cold-war era. In Central and Eastern Europe, the mixture of tremendous progress and disappointment in the slow development of the modern welfare state has resulted in new ways of developmental path finding. For example, in a context of continued austerity and major limitations for conventional public management responses, the role of both civil society and other actors working with (not just for) the public sector is becoming more important.   There is a growing literature on New Public Leadership which picks up on some of this… namely that you no longer ‘control’ the resources nor even commission the response from others…rather the challenge is to ‘lead’ when, like Gandhi, your only leverage may be espoused values, a clear example and persuasion.

IPMN’s 2015 conference, being hosted in the hub of Central and Eastern Europe, Budapest, will explore how public management could be redesigned for the future to better address these new challenges. What would it look like? Who would be involved? How would it function and operate? Will some academic disciplines/methods be more useful than others as guides to operating public programs and/or building the capacity to deliver services going forward? If so, what are they and why?

National University of Public Service (NUPS), Budapest, Hungary

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The mission of the International Public Management Network (IPMN) is to provide a forum for sharing ideas, concepts and results of research and practice in the field of public management, and to stimulate critical thinking about alternative approaches to problem solving and decision making in the public sector.


The National University of Public Service (NUPS) started its operation as the key educational institute and think-tank of Hungarian public service on January 1, 2012. Serving as a network hub in the crossroads of government and higher educational institutions, training centers, research institutes, consultancy firms and other agencies, NUPS is a unique higher educational institution within the European Higher Educational Area. In addition to its career-long training and education platform, the university represents a “comprehensive approach” by developing a portfolio that recognizes the growing complexity of social, economic and security problems ahead of the public sector and by enabling the mobility and cross-career paths in public service.