Comparative Public Administration

Workshop Description

May 10 | 6PM—10PM & May 13 | 9AM—5PM

This workshop will give the participants an understanding of the national variables that comprise the context of comparative public administration (history, political systems, and policy-making). Although it will review the role of public administration systems in some foreign countries, the presentations and discussions will focus primarily on how the knowledge of comparative public administration can benefit American students of public administration by deepening their understanding of today’s policy-making process at the US federal, state, and city levels. In this age of globalization all public servants in an executive position need to better understand how policy-making by foreign bureaucracies and by trans-national and international organizations (such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the Inter-American Development Bank) affect some of their daily routine decisions. More and more US States and Cities are organizing trade missions abroad, a phenomenon that was initiated only at the federal level some years ago. Thus a keen understanding of other bureaucratic realities will help these States and Cities greatly in the creation of new markets for their goods and for expanding their tourism industry. Public servants at the executive level who can demonstrate some knowledge in comparative public administration are today in a better position when competing for new bureaucratic positions or for promotion within their own agencies.

Facilitator Biography

Dr. Jean-Claude Garcia-Zamor

Dr. Jean-Claude Garcia-Zamor is presently a tenured Professor in the Department of Public Administration at Florida International University (FIU). He has also been doing research and teaching at Leipzig University in the former East Germany during the summer of May, June and July. In June 2007, the President of that University (Rektor) designated him an Honorary Professor (Honorarprofessor). Before going to FIU he was a Professor of Public Policy and Administration in the Department of Political Science at Howard University. Previously, he taught in the Department of Government of the University of Texas at Austin and at the Brazilian School of Public Administration of the Getulio Vargas Foundation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He has also lectured at the Venezuelan National School of Public Administration in Caracas, Venezuela; the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs; the Catholic University of Argentina in Mendoza, Argentina; the University of Pittsburgh; the American University in Washington, D.C.; the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. Department of State; the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho; the Canadian National School of Public Administration in Montreal and Quebec City; the Bialystok School of Public Administration in Poland; and Delhi University and Madras University in India. He has also visited the Caribbean, Eastern and Western Europe, Latin America, New Zealand, Australia, South Korea, and the People’s Republic of China to lecture on U.S. public administration practices.

Dr. Garcia-Zamor was a Senior Specialist in Public Administration at the Organization of American States and he was President of the International Development Group, Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm with twenty-five Associates. Later, he was elected by the Board of Directors of the Inter-American Development Bank to a two-year term to join the Board as Controller. He has done extensive consulting work in Latin America and Africa for the World Bank, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Food and Agricultural Organization of the U.N. (FAO), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Pan American Development Foundation, the National Institute of Public Management and several U.S. universities.

Miami-Dade County Mayor Alex Panelas, on behalf of the Board of County Commissioners and the community proclaimed Thursday April 12, 2001 as Jean-Claude Garcia-Zamor Day “in recognition to this distinguish professional for his outstanding contributions to the community” and on April 12, 2002, Dr. Garcia-Zamor was presented the “Outstanding New American Award” by Miami Catholic Archbishop John C. Favalora.

Dr. Garcia-Zamor is the author of six books and editor of three volumes. He also co-edited three other books. His 12th book entitled: Planning Strategies for Urban Development in Leipzig, Germany: Harmonizing Planning and Equity was published in 2014. He is the author of numerous articles that have appeared in professional journals in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Belgium, Great Britain, the Netherlands, India, South Korea, Poland, Lithuania, and the People’s Republic of China.

In the Spring of 2014 the Board of Directors of the Section on International and Comparative Administration (SICA) of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) decided to give his name to the Best Paper Award that SICA gives every year at the national ASPA conference to the best paper in the field of international and comparative administration presented in the Fred Riggs Symposium. The award is now officially named the “Garcia-Zamor Best Paper Award.”

Dr. Garcia-Zamor holds a Master in Latin American History and a Ph.D. in Public Administration from New York University. He also holds a Master of Public Administration and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Puerto Rico. He is a life member of the American Society for Public Administration, and a member of the American Political Science Association, the International Political Science Association and the Urban Affairs Association.

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