Vol 21, No 1-2 (2009)

A "New Look" ARPA

This first issue of the "new look" ARPA is marked most obviously by a new cover design and conversion of the volume numbering from Roman to Arabic numerals.  We have added a map image of the Asia-Pacific region on the new front cover to reflect our regional interests and our wish to promote more solid regional academic discourse in the field of public administration and policy in the Asia–Pacific region – although we welcome manuscripts from all over the world. This first issue of the new series repeats the practice of the last few years in presenting itself as a joint (two-number) issue, but the intention is in future to have two issues in each annual set so that the next two issues will be Vol.22 No.1 and Vol.22 No.2. Our ideals are similar to those which motivated the initial establishment of ARPA.  Our aim is to promote good study and good practice in public administration/public management.  As indicated, we want especially to serve the EROPA region, but we want to do this in such a way that we are in no sense cut off from currents of new thought and new practice circulating in the world arena. We want ARPA to help our region to benefit from those currents and at the same time to contribute to them.  To this end, we seek articles that draw attention to and/or discuss important developments with wide international relevance, but that is on the understanding that, since ARPA is essentially a regional journal, some preference will be given to manuscripts that focus on developments within our region. The articles in this issue reflect these intentions. The first, which began life as a keynote address at the 2009 EROPA Conference in Seoul, directs attention to major issues facing public administration today: while it is United States-oriented, its message has much wider relevance. The second article in this issue is effectively a call for action to move forward from the Reaganesque notion that government is the problem and should be used sparingly. It connects with informed scholarship and more general commentary about the GFC and other administrative malaises of the recent period, and urges a return to respect for government within the framework of democratic governance in the interests of the broad community and society, at both national and international levels. There is strong argument here, but it relates to issues of fundamental importance to all concerned with good public administration, good public management, in the EROPA region and elsewhere.  We are pleased to be able to bring it to the attention of ARPA readers. The other articles are essentially case studies of public sector developments in EROPA-region countries, though one of them also seeks to establish connections with the world-wide Global Financial Crisis (GFC) of the 2007-2010 period. 

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Pan Suk Kim, Roger Wettenhall
Paul L. Posner
Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, Demetrios Argyriades
April Dream Rico Teodosio
Roger Wettenhall