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American Society for Public Administration 2020 Annual Conference

April 3-7, 2020 | Anaheim, CA | Hyatt Regency Orange County



ASPA's 2020 Annual Conference will engage and empower scholars, administrators, nonprofit leaders and public service professionals across the field through thoughtful dialogue, information sharing and respectful debate on a 2020 Vision for Politics, Policy and Administration. As this year's theme implies, 20:20 vision is a perfect state. Often, however, that vision is tempered by realities and dynamics frequently outside our control. Yet when we emphasize and model effeciency, effectiveness, economy, equity, ethics and empowerment--along with ASPA's core values and the foundations of public service--we get closer to realizing that vision.


The 2020 conference will delve into this theme by acknowledging our imperfect past, understanding current challenges and identifying innovations and paths toward a 20:20 future. Five concentrations will guide our time together: finance; global public administration; governance; infrastructure; and leadership and management. Detailed track descriptions are below, including sub-categories to guide your submissions. Please review each description and think carefully about where your proposal fits best. Many topics featured in prior conferences—human resources, public safety, emergency management, public administration theory, legal and ethical frameworks, the environment and technology—are as important to this dialogue as ever. They are incorporated below.


Proposals must pay special attention to efficiency, effectiveness, economy, equity, ethics and empowerment, and the role they play in the research or practice you intend to discuss. They are our cornerstone. Our research is not complete without considering their effects. Our practice is not balanced if they are not fundamental to our programs.  


Public Finance.   Infrastructure.   Leadership & Management. Social Equity.   Public Service.   Global Public Administration.


Remember: the deadline is October 4, 2019! Start planning your proposal now!

We suggest you read the Presenter Policies and Guidelines, where you'll also find Evaluation Criteria used by the Track Reviewers.

To begin your submission, click here.