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F I N A L C A L L F O R P A P E R S
(Deadline May 31, 1999)
C I P A ' 9 9
CITIZENS AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
IN THE INFORMATION AGE:
Constructing Citizen-Oriented Society for the Future
Date and Place: 18-20 August, 1999; University of Tampere,
Organizers: International Social Science Council (ISSC),
University of Tampere, ISFI Research Project,
University of Tampere, Information Society
Research Centre (INSOC)
Keynote Speakers: Prof. Ted Becker, Auburn University, USA
Docent Tarja Cronberg, Executive Director,
Regional Council of North Karelia, Finland
Prof. Christa Slaton, Auburn University, USA
The purpose of this conference is to discuss, in a multinational
and multidisciplinary context, the role of citizens and public
administration in the emerging information society. During the
conference issues like "what is the role of citizens and public
administration in the information age" and "how can we use
modern information and communication technologies,
organizational principles and knowledge in order to create a
citizen-oriented open society for the future" will be
The working language of the conference is English.
The general theme of the conference will be discussed under five
sub-themes or topics:
1) Information Society: Present State, Trends and Prospects
The opening section of the conference will concentrate on
systematic analyses, well-grounded opinions and visions on the
present state, current trends and future prospects of the
information society. Proposed papers may analyze issues such as:
* What are the current trends and directions for the information
Society? Where are we now and where are we going?
* What are the main economic, political, cultural, and societal
forces affecting the development of the information society?
* What are the main social and human problems of the information
society? And how can we deal with these problems?
* What does the recent development look like at the global
level? What will happen to the less developed countries in
second and third worlds? Are they left out from the global
information society; or if not, what is their role in the
emerging global village? Is there such village at all?
2) The Changing Role of Public Services and Public
Administration in the information society
In this section the role of public and private sectors and the
organization and production of public services and public
administration are discussed. Proposed papers should focus on
issues such as:
* How should the division of labor between the public, private,
and the "third" sectors be organized in the future society?
What is, will be, or should be the role of public sector,
public activities, public services and public administration
at the information age?
* What kind of public services are needed at the modern times?
Who should fund and who should produce these services, how
should their production be organized and controlled, and for
whom should these services be targeted?
* What is or should be the division of labor between different
levels of public administration, e.g. what is or should be the
division of labor between the central (i.e. state or federal),
regional, and local administrations?
3) Role of Citizens and Customers in Organization, Production
and Control of Public Services at the Information Age
This section will concentrate on the role of citizens and
customers in the organization, production and control of public
services in the information society. Proposed papers may analyze
issues such as, but not necessarily limited to:
* the need for, promises, and opportunities of citizen's
participation and control in the modern society
* different modes and types of citizen's participation and
control the strength and weaknesses, opportunities and threats
of citizen and customer participation
* the role of and need for self-help and spontaneous grass-root
level activities, cooperatives and/or indirect public
* the role of customers and citizens in commercially oriented
4) Use of Open Computer Networks and Modern Information and
Communication Technology in the Service of Democratic
In this section the role of open computer networks (i.e.
Internet) and the modern information and communication
technology are analyzed in politics, administration, and service
provision of the information society. Proposed papers may
concentrate on issues such as:
* How could open computer networks (e.g. Internet) and modern
information and communication technology be used in the
service of citizen oriented democracy? What kind of strengths,
weaknesses, opportunities, and threats can be seen in the use
of this technology? And what should be done in order to take
advantage of the new possibilities and promises offered by
* What is the role of public electronic networks, virtual
communities, and customer oriented information systems in the
service of modern democratic society? What are the challenges
of electronic democracy to modern society? How should these
challenges be responded, and what kind of results can or could
* What kind of technical solutions are available for
administrative and political processes and service delivery:
WWW, E-mail, electronic bulletin boards, discussion lists
(etc.)? What kind of systems can be used in electronic town
meeting, televoting, and public electronic access? How can
digital cities and wide area networks be used to create a new
form of local and regional government?
* What are the pioneering projects, how have they been
established, funded and managed? What kind of lessons have
been or can be learned on the basis of these projects? What
kind of new developmental projects are initiated and planned?
5) Speaking of Information Society: Values, Meanings, and
The last section of the conference will concentrate on ethics
and moral issues, rhetoric and politics of information society,
conceptual and terminological issues and clarifications, and
theories of and theoretization on information society. Proposed
papers may analyze issues such as:
* Are there, in fact, any comprehensive and plausible theories
of information society? If there are, what is their relation
to other developments in the field of social, political and
* Is the concept of information society appropriate for
theoretical reasoning, or is it just untheoretical catch-word,
appropriate only for visionary discussions and policy
* What are the differences between the rhetoric and the
realities of information society? Is the concept of
information society just a myth or utopia without sufficient
realist or theoretical grounds?
A selection of papers presented at the conference will be
published later on by the organizers.
Persons interested in participating this conference should offer
their papers or presentations, including a provisional title and
short abstract (150-250 words), to the organizers as soon as
possible. All submissions are processed as they come, and the final
acceptance or rejection of the proposed paper should be expected
normally within one month.
The final deadline to offer papers and presentations to the
conference is May 31, 1999.
Registrations for participants without a paper or a presentation
will be also accepted.
Registration fees for the conference are as follows:
Before June 15 After June 15, 1999
Persons, presenting a paper 500 FIM 700 FIM
Other participants 500 FIM 1000 FIM
The fee will cover access to the conference and the conference
material. 500 FIM is about 95 USD or 84 ECU.
Registration form will be available from the conference site at
Additional information concerning conference city (Tampere, and
how to reach it) and about organizers is available from the
conference www site.
For further information, please contact:
Matti Mälkiä, University of Tampere, Department of
Administrative Science, P. O. Box 607, FIN-33101 Tampere,
Tel. +358-40-5042498 (cellular); +358-3-2156362 (office);
Fax: +358-3-215 6020; Email: [log in to unmask]