International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS) Institut International des Sciences Administratives (IISA), Brussels
The IIAS is "an International Association with Scientific Purpose" whose seat is in Brussels. It is the sole organization at the international level which is devoted to the study of public administration and, in the field of comparative studies, it alone provides a forum for presenting and discussing practical experience and theoretical analyses of specialists of public administration from all regions of the world, from all cultures. As such, it has been at the crossroads of administrative development for many decades. The IIAS is thus devoted to all questions which address contemporary public administration at the national and international levels.
The Oldest of the Specialized Institutions
Established in 1930 by the International Congress of Administrative Sciences held in Madrid, the IIAS is the first of the specialized institutions to affirm, worldwide, its scientific willingness to resolve the problems and challenges facing national and international administrations. The Institutes history demonstrates its capacity to respond to the needs of the industrialized countries as well as to those of the countries in transition and the developing countries.
The vocation of IIAS has provided the Institute with its principle characteristics which are today, as in the early days of its development, its major attributes:
Indeed, owing to these attributes, the IIAS is a unique organization whose experience is both extensive and impressive.
A Remarkable Geographic and Professional Diversity
Membership in IIAS is largely open geographically, scientifically and professionally. There are specifically five membership categories. These are: States, governmental international organizations, national sections, corporate members, and individual members.
The IIAS is represented in approximately one hundred countries belonging to all regions and cultures of the world.
To better cover this diversity, without neglecting either specificities or the need to strengthen relations, the IIAS has established two Specialized Associations and a Regional Group:
At the Centre of a Worldwide Network
The IIAS works closely with the major international organizations. Since its establishment, the IIAS has been one of the United Nations earliest and faithful partners. As a recent example, the IIAS participated actively in the work of the Technical Committee set up by the United Nations to prepare the first General Assembly on Public Administration and Development.
The IIAS enjoys Advisory Status in the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (1948), UNESCO (1962), and the International Labour Office (1987).
The IIAS has priviledged relations with numerous international and regional organizations and is developing, to the greatest extent possible, its programs and activities in synergy with them.
In addition, the IIAS has set up an extensive file of experts in administration in all fields related to public administration as either science and/or discipline. The Institute thus has an exceptional network of highly qualified and experienced persons having most varied responsibilies, the scope of which covers the entire field of public administration and administrative systems worldwide. Experts may, without restriction, be included in the file providing that they have the competence required and request to be listed (submitted with request: a detailed curriculum vitae).
What Does the IIAS Do?
The purpose of the IIAS is to promote:
To fulfill these tasks, the IIAS has set the following objectives:
These ambitious tasks require that a scientific programme be defined and followed by all, a programme to be evaluated and renewed to meet needs and demands which are constantly changing.
The scientific programme is truly a basic pillar of IIAS. It is the cornerstone of its activities.
While focusing resolutely on the future, the IIAS scientific programme integrates the major challenges confronting contemporary administrations and States during this period of rapid change and major transformations.
The IIAS is thus
1. Qualities and Means
To attain its objectives and fulfill its purpose, the Institute has intrinsic qualities which are, indeed, its major, and often unique, attributes for carrying out its scientific programme:
Its means of action are diversified, in particular:
2. Pledge of Performance
A choice of relevant research themes:
The studies carried out by the Institute and those now in progress are the proof of a constantly diversified, renewed, as well as comparative and multidimensional approach to problems of public administrative agencies and their development.
Research themes in progress and to come:
Themes of the Major Meetings:
1996, Third International Conference of IIAS, Beijing, "New Challenges for Public Administration in the Twenty-first Century: Efficient civil service and decentralized public administration".
1996, Annual Conference of IASIA, Durban, "Professionalism and Ethical Conduct for the Public Servant: Challenges for the 21st Century".
1996, Annual Conference of EGPA, Budapest, "New Trends in Public Management and Law".
1997, Quebec Round Table, "Estates General of Public Administration: the changing world of government: How far have we come? Where are we headed?"
How is the IIAS Managed?
Its constituent bodies:
The IIAS also has in Brussels its Permanent Administrative Services which are comprised of a streamlined team headed by the Director General. The latter is responsible for drawing up and implementing the activity programme of the Institute and coordinating all activities undertaken by it.
An ad hoc Scientific Committee (7 members, of a very high scientific level) assist the Director General with his line of action, choices and evaluations.
The IIAS is an example of non-bureaucratic administration. It operates with a limited administrative team and annual budget. Its financial resources are derived mainly from the contributions/subscriptions of its members and, to a lesser extent, from research contracts and subsidies.
Its streamlined structures and freedom of action underlie the dynamism of IIAS and correspond well with its purpose.
Who Can Become a Member of IIAS?
Adherence to IIAS is open to:
How to Become a Member
Any candidate wishing to become a member must write an official letter requesting adherence to IIAS and agreeing to comply with the Statutes, notably to pay a contribution/subscription fee determined by a regulation drawn up by the Council of Administration which takes into account the candidates membership category.
Approval of membership by the Council of Administration, upon the proposal of the Executive Committee, is required for: States and governmental international organizations, National Sections in a non-Member State. The Executive Committees approval of membership suffices for: National Sections in a Member State, Corporate Members and Individual Members. Additional information may be obtained from the IIAS.
Services Rendered by IIAS to its Members
The IIAS offers many services, free-of-charge or at preferential rates, to its members in good standing. Some examples are:
IIAS publications can be recieved free of charge or at preferential rates by its members in good standing.
IIAS publications are received free of charge by the States, international organizations and National Sections, which likewise receive a quarterly circular. The publications are offered at reduced rates to the other members.
All members receive: a free subscription to the International Review of Administrative Sciences (Quarterly) and the Newsletter (three times per year).
Also accessible free of charge: bibliographic research, the use of the IIAS Documentation Centre.
Preferential rates are given to all members with regard to registration fees of Major Meetings of the Institute.
The members of IIAS have priority when participating in Working Groups, Major Meetings (Rapporteurs in particular), seminars, intern-ships and consultancy activities. Obtaining scholarships for study trips or other financial means may likewise be supported by the IIAS for the members of some countries (developing, in transition).
As members of IIAS are informed first and most rapidly of IIAS activities/projects and new developments in the international administrative community, they may, either together or individually, fully take part in and benefit from the Institutes activities, services, means, networks and exceptional reputation. Indeed, all activities in the field of administrative sciences at the international level pass by the IIAS.
As a reminder, all IIAS members participate in the General Assembly. The States, international organizations, and National Sections have a seat on the Council of Administration and have the right to vote. Their delegates may be elected to diverse IIAS functions. As members, they also participate in both the financial management of IIAS and the formulation of its scientific programmes.
IIAS Permanent Administrative Services
Giancarlo Vilella, Director General
- Catherine Humblet, Managing Editor of IRAS
- Cécile Poupart, Research and Publications Assistant
- Catherine Coninckx, Major Meetings
Library and Documentation
- Fernando M. Balsinhas Covas
- Monique Recloux
- Danièle Laurent
- Marina Cruysmans
- Hafida El Ouaghli
- Ann Delasalle
- Catherine Coninckx, Executive Secretary, IASIA & EGPA
- Gail Darge
Recent and Selected Books
La gestion de la réforme du secteur public: Une étude comparative
des expériences de divers pays en matière de gestion de
programmes de réforme des institutions administratives du gouvernement
central, sous la direction de Joan Corkery, Turkia Ould Daddah, Colm Ó
Nualláin et Tony Land, IISA-ECDPM. (Distribution: IISA / IIAS)
1998. 1400 BEF.
PUBLICATIONS OF IIAS AND ITS SPECIALIZED ASSOCIATIONS
International Review of Administrative Sciences IRAS (ISSN 0020 8523)
The Review is published quarterly in three editions: English, French and Arabic. It publishes original contributions on a wide range of topics related to public administration. The topics covered include the administration and the relationships between them. It also focuses on personnel management, administrative reform and public finance, and on the theory, philosophy and history of administration. Each issue includes a major bibliographic section listing outstanding new publications on public administration, book reviews and the Institutes chronicle.
Any further information relative to IRAS subscription is available from the IIAS-homepage.
List of Publications
The List of Publications includes all the books published since 1980 by IIAS and its Specialized Associations. These books present the outcomes of the studies carried out by the working groups, as well as the proceedings of the various major meetings (Congresses, Conferences) or joint activities (Seminars, Conferences, ...).
A cumulative List of Publications is available on the internet.
The Newsletter is published three times per year and provides information on IIAS and its specialized Associations activities and projects.
Available on the internet.
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