P03 - Encountering development and public management in the evolving post-covid era

Corresponding chair:

Prof Danture Wickramasinghe, Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow


Panel chairs:

Prof Andre Carlos Busanelli de Aaquino, University of São Paulo

Prof Pawan Adhikari, Essex Business School, University of Essex

Prof Thankom Arun, Essex Business School, University of Essex

Prof Tat Kei Alfred Ho, City University of Hong Kong

Prof Kelum Jayasinghe, Essex Business School, University of Essex

Prof Lihua Yang, Peking University 

The IRSPM 2022 panel calls for papers under two interrelated themes - development and public management. On the one hand, development is considered as an analytical content rather than merely a context in which it is enacted. It captures localized issues in emerging initiatives such as social accountability and citizen engagement (Hopper et al., 2009; Van Helden et al., 2021). On the other hand, public management is considered as a set of localized agendas to gather rich and nuanced empirical material. While both themes are important in terms of generating public value and creating equitable and fairer society (Bracci et al., 2021), the post-COVID era has now warrants an excellent opportunity for a critical examination of how development discourses encounter public management in varying contexts with their localised issues.

The panel invites papers considering the notions of development and public management as two related theoretical constructs for framing and capturing varying encounters. For instance, the notion of development could be considered as an epistemology through which to study how global epistemic communities diffuse and propagate public management as a discourse being enacted within local development policies, programmes, and projects. Alternatively, development could also be envisaged as an ontology through which the social and political realities of neoliberalism can be understood in terms of new public management, neo-liberal accountability, and managerialist initiatives which broaden the arenas of public administration and public policy into a form of 'publicness' (Steccolini, 2019). The panel invites researchers to submit either theoretical or empirical papers focusing on the evolving notion of development and connecting it with wider social-political-administrative changes taking place in public management even within nascent territories which are marginalised or neglected previously.


The papers selected for the panel will also be considered for submitting to the special issue at Financial Accountability and Management on ‘Beyond NPM in public sector accounting research- “publicness” and “localised-led development” (https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/14680408).


Bracci, E., Saliterer, I., Sicilia, M., & Steccolini, I. (2021). Accounting for (public) value(s): Reconsidering publicness in accounting research and practice. Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, 34(7), 1513-1526.

Hopper, T., Tsamenyi, M., Uddin, S., & Wickramasinghe, D. (2009). Management accounting in less developed countries: What is known and needs knowing. Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, 22, 469-514.

Steccolini, I. (2019). Accounting and the post-new public management: re-considering publicness in accounting research. Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, 32, 255- 279.

van Helden, J., Adhikari, P., & Kuruppu, C. (2021). Public sector accounting in emerging economies: a review of the papers published in the first decade of Journal of Accounting in Emerging Economies. Journal of Accounting in Emerging Economies, 11(5), 776-798.