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Special Issue and Workshop on: BEYOND BUREAUCRACY
Can we ... ?

... govern without bureaus? Can we go beyond what human kind had so far in terms of governing societies – go beyond electing representatives every couple of years, who then steer the vast bureaucratic machinery which we perceive as "the state"? Can we use ICTs to enable humanity to fundamentally restructure the government of the public domain?

Think about it for a while: we're the first generation in human civilization, which has available a ripe set of ICTs. Never ever in human history before we could interact in a way we can do nowadays. Besides: ICTs have reached a level of maturity and penetration in the last ten years, which enables us to go truly beyond approaches we have seen so far.

In the last few decades we have seen radical transformation in telecommunications, in transport, logistics, credit transfer, navigation, etc., etc. But we haven't yet seen transformation in the government of public matters. Well, sure, we saw things like online tax returns, e-voting, open data. But, let's be frank - that's only using ICTs to imitate old principles of government, it's not reaching beyond bureaus!

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June 5-7, 2015 (deadline: April 15, 2015)
The BEYOND BUREAUCRACY workshop, June 2015, Vienna (Europe)
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You are young, ambitious, and (or) have great knowledge how to shape the future of government? Or just a great idea how to do so? Then come, participate in the "Beyond Bureaucracy" workshop in June 2015 (5-7th) at the Vienna University of Technology (Austria, EU), which will happen as part of the ISIS Summit Vienna 2015.

Curious? Go to http://research.apaulin.com/bb15 and find out more!

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August 10, 2015:
IJPADA SI "Reaching Beyond Bureaus: 
Perspectives and Challenges of 
Sustainable, NOn-Bureaucratic Government"
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This issue will contain at a proportion of 50%-75% the best papers received and presented in the corresponding “Beyond Bureaucracy” workshop (http://research.apaulin.com/bb15/), but it also invites independent articles, which will not be presented in this event (the remaining proportion).

This issue aims to present path-breaking visions, arguments and experiments towards self-managed government / community self-management enabled by the possibilities of the digital age. More specifically, it aims to answer the following questions:

Can dislocated (potentially very large) groups of people make decisions about common assets or common matters, which do not need to be interpreted by institutions? 
Is it unavoidable to delegate decision-making to institutions (like parliaments, government agencies, ...)?
How can a society self-organize its common budget (taxes etc.)? 
Are institutions to collect, govern, and redistribute public assets absolutely necessary or can exaction be done self-organized?
Can core public-domain institutions be realized without central institutions? 
How can a society dynamically self-organize its public sector institutions / projects / programmes and bind them directly to collaborative decision making?
What are the challenges of the electronic identity? How can we overcome them to reach a system that will provide sustainable global identification for centuries to come?
Increased computerization of societal interactions comes with significant computing challenges. Can these be sufficiently addressed with classical computing approaches?
What would be the architecture and organization of such a government?

RECOMMENDED TOPICS:
Sustainable, Non-Bureaucratic Government
E-government, open government and future government
Liquid Democratic Collaborative Decision-Making
Mass Online Deliberation
Crowd sourcing
Participatory Budgeting
Self-Organized Virtual Communities
Peer Production
Virtual Communities
Peer-to-Peer Credit Transfer, Virtual Currencies
Sustainable e-Identity
Sustainable Technology
Historical Lessons of Self-Organization

Pro/Contra discussions on above topics
Technologies that enable above topics

SUBMISSION PROCEDURE:
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit papers for this special theme issue on Reaching Beyond Bureaus: Perspectives and Challenges of Sustainable, Non-Bureaucratic Government on or before Aug. 10, 2015.

All submissions must be original and may not be under review by another publication. INTERESTED AUTHORS SHOULD CONSULT THE JOURNAL’S GUIDELINES FOR MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSIONS at http://www.igi-global.com/Files/AuthorEditor/guidelinessubmission.pdf. All submitted papers will be reviewed on a double-blind, peer review basis. Papers must follow APA style for reference citations.

All submissions should be should be directed to the attention of:

Alois A. Paulin
Guest Editor
International Journal of Public Administration in the Digital Age (IJPADA)
E-mail: apaulin@caa.tuwien.ac.at 

Leonidas G. Anthopoulos
Guest Editor
International Journal of Public Administration in the Digital Age (IJPADA)
E-mail: lanthopo@teilar.gr 

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ABOUT International Journal of Public Administration in the Digital Age (IJPADA):

Description
The International Journal of Public Administration in the Digital Age (IJPADA) is an international journal that examines the impact of public administration and information technology (IT) in developed and developing countries. Original research papers published in IJPADA focus on the impact of new and innovative technologies on improving public service delivery in public and nonprofit organizations. This journal will also provide case studies examining technology innovations in specific countries. The editor invites author(s) to submit original research papers that examine important issues in public administration and information technology.


Mission
The mission of the International Journal of Public Administration in the Digital Age (IJPADA) is to examine the impact of information technology (IT) on public and nonprofit organizations. Through its mission IJPADA examines the impact of IT on reforming and changing public and nonprofit organizations. This journal compares the adoption of IT in public and nonprofit organizations in developed and developing countries. IJPADA will examine emerging and innovative technologies and their adoption in public and nonprofit organizations. This journal also examines differences in the adoption of IT in private and public sector organizations.

Topics Covered
Topics to be discussed in this journal include (but are not limited to) the following:

Administrative law and IT
Digital divide
E-Governance
E-Government
Emergency management and IT
Emerging technologies in the public sector
Environment policy and IT
Internet and public administration
Leadership and IT
Mobile technology and government
Nonprofit fundraising and IT
Nonprofit management and IT
Political institutions and processes and IT adoption
Public budgeting and finance and IT
Public human resource management and information systems
Public management and IT  
Public policy and IT
Public sector organizational change and IT
Urban management/planning and IT

This journal is an official publication of the Information Resources Management Association http://www.igi-global.com/IJPADA 

Editor-in-Chief: Christopher G. Reddick
Published: Quarterly (both in Print and Electronic form)


PUBLISHER:
The International Journal of Public Administration in the Digital Age (IJPADA) is published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference”, “Business Science Reference”, and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit www.igi-global.com.
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