Dr. Ann Bowman was elected to the executive council of the Section on Intergovernmental Administration and Management (SIAM) at the March 2015 annual conference of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA).
SIAM is one of numerous specialized sections established and supported by the Society that reflect the interests of ASPA members. SIAM focuses on the dynamic environment of governments (national, state, and local) as they deal with public policy problems and issues that require cross-boundary participation in order to be resolved. This participation occurs horizontally and vertically among governments and increasingly includes the nonprofit and private sectors.
Chartered in 1979, SIAM’s membership includes scholars and practitioners and is one of ASPA’s most active sections. The nine-member executive council to which Bowman was elected makes policy decisions for the section and also organizes events that facilitate interaction and learning between the two groups. Since 1993, the section has sponsored a journal, State and Local Government Review; Dr. Bowman served on the journal’s editorial board from 1991 to 1993 and again from 2012 to 2014. The section also maintains a blog that reports on developments in the field; explores techniques for improving management skills and practices; reviews significant publications, policies and trends; and provides information and news about the section and its members.
The section sponsors two Donald Stone awards each year to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the practice and study of intergovernmental management. Dr. Bowman won the Stone Scholar Award in 1998. The section also presents an award each year to the student who authors the best ASPA paper on intergovernmental administration or policy.
“This is a particularly important time for the section as it seeks to implement its recently revised mission, one that embraces more of a governance perspective and broadens its focus beyond traditional intergovernmental relations,” said Bowman.