2015 Midwest Public Affairs Conference

“Restructuring Governance: Emerging Solutions for Advancing the Public Interest”

Hosted by the UWM Department of Public and Nonprofit Administration & the
Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management

University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Milwaukee, WI

 July 9-11, 2015

How should we reorganize institutions of government to advance the public interest? MPAC 2015 seeks to explore procedural innovations in the public and nonprofit sectors. Questions to be addressed include: As government addresses increasingly specialized problems, what can be done to ensure that policy discussions not devolve into conversations between agencies and regulated entities? What changes can be made to our institutions and processes that will help restore civic trust and help usher in an age of public value governance?

We encourage proposals that contemplate these questions, but need not address the conference theme. Opportunities include paper presentations, roundtables, workshops and panels; and we encourage participation from academics, practitioners and students. Our reviewers will accept proposals that entail research in progress, though they should have enough content to facilitate participant discussion. Relevant papers may be asked to submit to a symposium by the conference’s affiliated publication, Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs. More details on this and other opportunities will be available from the organization’s website, midwestpac.org


We welcome proposals from on the following topics:

Public administration, management and policy
Finance and budgeting
Nonprofit affairs
Urban and regional planning
State and local government administration
Emergency management
Transportation and infrastructure
Environmental affairs
Public sector technology and e-Government
Community organizing
Public affairs education
Criminal justice and corrections
Comparative administration and policy
Organizational theory and behavior
Professional ethics
Administrative theory
Federal management
International relations
Relevant themes in political science
Social equity in governance
Strategic foresight and planning

Additionally, a number of panels and workshops are in the development phase:

Academic publishing seminar
Undergraduate research symposium
Job candidate interviews
Graduate student poster session
Innovative strategies for teaching public affairs
Or propose your own!


Registration is $120 for academics and practitioners, and $60 for students. The conference submission opened October 1, 2014 and acceptances will be sent on a rolling basis. The submittal deadline is April 1, 2015. Early registration will end on May 22nd, after which time fees will increase to $140 for academics and practitioners, $70 for students. Late registrations must be paid by June 7th to be included in the program.

To submit a proposal, please send the following in an email to  mpacproposals@gmail.com: a) Paper/presentation title b) names of author(s) and email address for each, 3) institutional affiliation and title, and 4) an abstract not to exceed 200 words. If you plan on submitting more than one proposal, please each in a separate message.

If you would like to serve as a session chair, please add a brief statement indicating your interest. For more information about the conference, please contact: Fredrik Andersson, Ph.D., 2015 MPAC Conference Chair at: andersso@uwm.edu. If you have questions about the organization, including opportunities for sponsorship, please contact the MPAC President, Stephen Kleinschmit, Ph.D. at kleincs@ipfw.edu

About us: MPAC is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization that is proudly affiliated with the American Society for Public Administration. Now in our second year, we seek to expand opportunities for education and research throughout the Midwest, while providing a mechanism for socialization between faculty, practitioners and students in public and nonprofit sectors.



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