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CFP - Cannabis Policy: Challenges and Opportunities for PA
Cannabis policy is changing quickly at the state level. We contend that there are far more interesting questions regarding cannabis policy in the United States and its impact on public administration than have been touched by policy and administration scholars. The aim of this special issue is to foster greater attention to cannabis policy research within public administration. While cannabis lends itself to puns and plays on words about drug culture, we prefer titles and approaches that do not reinforce stereotypes or diminish the seriousness of cannabis policy. It is a significant industry that is reshaping American drug policy and requires rigorous social science research for understanding its implications on citizens and governance. See the attached call for details.
Draft Call for Papers: How Covid-19 Has Affected Social Inequalities
The Section for Professional and Organizational Development (SPOD) is requesting papers for a special edition of the Public Administration Quarterly that illuminates inequities in institutions since the onset of Covid-19. Some possible topics include:
• Government services and products
• Workplace relationships, such as collegial and superior-subordinate
• Financial and technological structures and processes on human systems
• Job security and promotability
• Retirement and healthcare benefits
• Community well-being and sustainability
• Leadership trust, particularly among elected and appointed leaders, in achieving social, racial, and economic equities
Please see the attached PDF for more details
"Those Who Agree to Play on our Terms will be Taken In": A Qualitative Study on the Perceptions of Public Authorities and NGO Representatives Regarding Self-Organizing Fourth-Sector Activity
HARRI RAISIO, ALISA PUUSTINEN, TEIJA NORRI-SEDERHOLM and JANNE JALAVA
PAQ, Vol. 43 No. 3,
Interest is growing in the role of spontaneous volunteers and emergent citizens groups in safety and security functions. This study connects those actors to the broad concept of the self-organizing fourth sector and analyzes the opinions of more than 200 Finnish representatives of public- and the third-sector organizations gathered through interviews and small group discussion on the tensions related to fourth-sector activity. The study reveals a strong desire to control the fourth sector, a desire that dominates any associated desire to enable it. The tension between enabling and controlling can be tamed by moving the fourth-sector actors under the control of the third sector. However, the role of the fourth sector is then reduced to being merely an extra pair of hands, and its self- organizing and emergent nature is subsumed. The debate over the paradox of spontaneous volunteering needs to be resolved before the fourth sector becomes a normal and acknowledged part of the security and safety functions.
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