P05 Public Governance Paradigms and Good Governance in Napoleonic Administrative Tradition Countries

Corresponding Chair:

Elisabete de Carvalho, Assistant Professor, ISCSP – University of Lisbon


Review Group Chair:

Rosária Ramos, Assistant Professor, ISCSP – University of Lisbon

Panel Co-Chairs:

Gema Pastor Albaladejo, Full Professor, ICCA – Complutense University of Madrid

Maria Jose Garcia Solana, Assistant Professor, ICCA – Complutense University of Madrid

Micheline Hoffman, Associate Professor, Santa Catarina State University

Suylan Midlej, Assistant Professor, University of Brasília



In recent decades, administrative reform has assumed an increasingly significant role in governmental agendas. This can be attributed to the global spread of public governance paradigms which are seen as providing effective solutions to public issues. These issues encompass a range of challenges such as enhancing states' competitiveness, improving provisions of public services, and ensuring competent and efficient management within public organisations.

This panel aims to contribute to the field of public management by exploring the influence of administrative reform paradigms such as Bureaucracy, New Public Management, Neo-Weberian State, and New Public Governance on countries with a Napoleonic administrative tradition. However, papers on countries facing similar problems are also welcome.

Countries characterised by a Napoleonic Administrative tradition have been implementing administrative reforms following the principles and discourse embodied in public governance paradigms. From an external perspective, its formal institutions seem to adhere to guidelines for better government. Nonetheless, patronage, clientelism, politicisation, and political interference in public management persistently undermine good governance.

Public Management holds that certain behaviours can be incentivized while others can be restrained through different rules, processes, procedures, and norms. But how effective are these public management arrangements in inducing changes in behaviour and values? Can they overcome entrenched patrimonialistic social and cultural patterns?

Papers should aim to answer questions about the effectiveness of these reforms in preventing and reducing patrimonialism while promoting better governance and inducing changes in behaviours and values.

Submissions may use various theoretical frameworks such as administrative reform trajectories, public governance paradigms, or new institutional theories. Papers may employ quantitative or qualitative methodologies or even a combination thereof.

Potential topics may include but are not limited to:

  • The effectiveness of administrative reforms in improving governance
  • Influence of public governance paradigms
  • Triggers and hindrances to institutional change
  • The gap between formal institutions advocating for good governance principles and prevailing behaviours.

Abstracts should be no longer than 500 words, clearly stating the research question, the methods used and the main contributions to the panel.