Recent Showcases

Showcase 3: 28 January 2013

In Researching public trust in local government in China” Huaxing Liu (INLOGOV PhD, FT) presented his current work identifying the key drivers influencing public trust in local government in non-democratic countries like China.  His talk explored how such drivers inter-relate and compound with each other to affect trust in local government.  Enquires and questions about this research please contact Huaxing Liu on HXL152@bham.ac.uk .

In “Collaboration between local governments in Thailand: Lessons from the UK”Pobsook Chamchong (INLOGOV PhD, FT) outlined her comparative case study exploring motivation to collaborate, models of collaboration and explored factors promoting and prohibiting collaborative working. She also explained her decision to combine convenience sampling and purposive sampling in order to select cases in the UK and Thailand. Enquires and questions to Pobsook on PXC052@bham.ac.uk .

In The role of evidence in the policy process Rebecca O’Neill (INLOGOV PhD FT) discussed the conceptual issues surrounding evidence in the policy process. Her talk introduced her research exploring the use of evidence informing introduction HS2.  Rebecca set out her design using a claims-making framework and plans for the next phase of the research. For more information rxo503@bham.ac.uk

Showcase 2: 3 December 2012

In “Commissioning and Procuring Social Value” William Jabang introduced his research into the role of social value in procurement.  He discussed his current thinking about research design and selection of case studies in light of the Social Value Act 2012.  For more information contact william.jabang@gmail.com

In “Public Entrepreneurship and Local Economic Development”   Tutik Rachmawati  outlined her approach of comparing four case studies and the cultural and administrative challenges related to interviewing and surveying local leaders, administrators and NGOs in Indonesia.  For more information rachmawati.tutik@gmail.com

In Performance Accountability and  Provincial Government Service Delivery” Dumisani Jantjies introduced his work on four dimensions of accountability and how he was applying this to two of South Africa’s 9 provisional governments.  He discussed emerging findings in terms  of principal-agent approaches.  For more information contact djj907@bham.ac.uk

The discussion focused on the challenge of researching ‘slippery’ concepts in public administration such as accountability, entrepreneurship and social value and the importance of  research questions leading the decisions related to research design choices.

Showcase 1: 27 November 2012

In “Talking to the Taxman about Poetry: Policy implementation, culture and tackling tax avoidance” Julia Mlambo (INLOGOV PhD, FT) presented her current work exploring the role of culture and morality in the implementation of tax avoidance policy including an example of the recent media interest in comedian Jimmy Carr’s tax affairs.  Enquires and questions to Julia on jxm940@bham.ac.uk .

In “Messiness, method, mapping: the use of mapping in qualitative research,” Maureen O’Connor (INLOGOV PhD, PT) used the presentation to discuss her search for systematic and creative approach to capturing the “sense-making” of public officials engaged in a process of organisational change.   Maureen introduced the potential of cognitive and conceptual mapping as a means of revealing taken for granted assumptions of those engaged in change.  For enquiries and questions regarding this approach and related software packages contact maureen.oconnor@talktalk.net.

Finally, in “The Time Trend of Happiness in China” Jiayuan Li (INLOGOV PhD, FT) introduced the challenge of measuring national happiness and wellbeing.  He demonstrated how multiple datasets and discussed findings revealing a decline in happiness in China in recent years, a trend at odds with economic growth.  For more information and enquires about Jiayuan’s model please contact kawing1126@gmail.com

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