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Public Seminar: Public Value and Deliberative Governance

Monday, 16th November 2015

In November, TRIC will be hosting a public seminar on public value and deliberative governance.  This seminar will be jointly presented by TRIC Director Professor Adam Graycar and Associate Professor Tina Nabatchi of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University.  Adam and Tina – along with Professor Leo Huberts of the VU University, Amsterdam – are the co-chairs of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences Study Group IV – Quality of Governance.  More information on this international study group can be found here.

Date:   Monday, 16 November 2015
Time:  1-2pm
Location: Theatre 2 Hedley Bull Building, 130 Garran Road, ANU


Adam Graycar: Corruption and Public Value

Where it is pervasive, corruption undermines public sector processes and outcomes.  As such, it undermines public value, which is the rationale for the public sector.  Adam’s presentation outlines examples of the diminution of public value in three spheres:

  • Poor process / poor record keeping
  • Unaccountable government behaviour - groups exceeding their authority
  • Conflict of interest (focus on lower level bureaucrats)

He discusses the ways to build integrity to address these situations.


Tina Nabatchi: Building a Public Participation Infrastructure for 21st Democracy

Although concern about public participation has waxed and waned over the decades, we are currently experiencing a revival, a resurgence of interest among scholars, public managers, elected officials, civic reformers, and others. The reasons for this renaissance are numerous, ranging from the practical to the philosophical, and growing knowledge about “good” process and advances in information, communication, and other technologies have led to the development of inspiring democratic innovations around the world. Despite these advances, however, most participation opportunities take place as one-off, solitary events rather than as recurring opportunities that are integrated into the fabric of governance.

In her presentation, Tina Nabatchi will draw on her recently published book, Public Participation for 21st Century Democracy (with Matt Leighninger, Jossey-Bass, 2015), to examine how public participation has developed over time to include myriad thick, thin, and conventional opportunities occurring in both face-to-face and online settings. She will also offer a practical framework for improving public participation that centers on reshaping participation infrastructures to meet the needs of public officials and citizens.

The Transnational Research Institute on Corruption (TRIC) was established in 2010 as a cross disciplinary centre to bring together ANU expertise in the study of corruption.  It is focused on policy relevant research related to international development, foreign bribery and corruption in the private and public sectors. TRIC has also developed a teaching capacity in corruption and corruption prevention, and has provided assistance to international, federal and state authorities.


Adam Masters

This seminar is free and open to the public

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