Pierre De Celles Award

pierre_de_celles1[1]The Pierre De Celles Award is given to the author(s) of the best paper presented at the IASIA Annual Conference. It is named in honour of former IASIA Vice-President (North America), Pierre De Celles.

Each year, the Working Groups’ Chairs and Project Directors forward the best papers presented in their respective Working Groups to a selection committee consisting of members of the IASIA Board of Management. The papers are then reviewed in line with the following criteria:

  • the relevance of the paper for the practice of Public Administration research and training
  • the relevance of the paper for the discipline of Public Administration
  • the relevance of the paper for the practice of public administration
  • Is a multi-disciplinary approach visible in the paper?
  • Does the paper contain a novel viewpoint?
  • The soundness and consistency of the argumentation
  • the originality of the research question/problem formulation
  • the quality of the theoretical grounding
  • the reliability and validity of the research
  • the significance of the findings
  • Is the research question/problem answered at the end of the paper?
  • the quality of writing
  • the readability and lay out

The Pierre de Celles Award for the best paper presented at the 2016 IIAS-IASIA Joint Congress in Chengdu is awarded to:

Mobakeng SENAGO and Christoffel HENDRIKS (University of the Free State, South Africa

For their paper: Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations And Local Government Service Delivery: A Case Study Of Xhariep District In South Africa presented in Working Group IV “Subnational governance and development”. 


Winners of the previous Pierre De Celles Awards were:

2015: Adrian VELAZQUEZ VAZQUEZ (University of La Verne, USA)  Migrant Voluntary Organizations: Developing Transnational Outcomes presented in Working Group IX “International Dimensions of the Public Administration” 

2013: Christina W. ANDREWS, Simone RESENDE and Wilson M. ALMEIDA (University of Sao Paulo, Brazil), Delivering Education to the Poor: Lessons from Local Governments in Brazil

2012: Frank NAERT and Stijn GOEMINNE (University College Ghent, Belgium), Credibility of Fiscal Policy and Politics: An Empirical Assessment

2011: Tom CHRISTENSEN, Lisheng DONG, Martin PAINTER, Richard WALKER, Imitating the West? ? A Survey of Chinese Civil Servants on Public Sector Reform

2010: Wilberforce TURYASINGURA, Public sector competence development methods for effective service delivery in the global era: The ?what? and ?how? question- lessons from Uganda<

2009: Benon C. BASHEKA, Social Determinants of Public Procurement Corruption in Uganda: Implications for the Delivery of Public Service

2008: Terrell G. MANYAK, Belay SEYOUM, The Impact of Public and Private Sector Transparency on Foreign Direct Investment in Developing Countries

2007: Pan Suk KIM, Jongsoon JIN, Action Learning and its Applications in Government: A Case of South Korea

2006: Bamidele OLOWU, From Capacity Building to Capacity Development. The Challenge of Attracting and Retaining Scarce Skills for Rebuilding African State (Governance) Capacities

2005: Christina W. ANDREWS, Michiel S. DE VRIES, High Expectations, Varying Outcomes: Decentralization and Participation in Brazil, Japan, Russia, and Sweden

2004: Robert CAMERON, Metropolitan Government Reorganisation in South Africa

2003: AM SINDANE, Public Administration versus Public Management: Parallels, Divergences, Convergences and Who Benefits?


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