SICA seeks to bring together members of the American Society for Public Administration committed to introducing an international and comparative perspective into public administration practice and academic endeavors. SICA provides a forum for practitioners, instructors and researchers to share experiences and to reflect on challenges facing the field worldwide.
To further this mission SICA aims to:
- Sustain an organizational context within which scholars and students can improve their understanding of public administration and management around the world;
- Develop the community of scholars dedicated to research and publishing on international/comparative public administration and management topics;
- Publish results of research in scholarly journals and books in the field;
- Continue to support the publication of the Section’s International Public Management Journal edited by Steven J. Kelman, Professor in the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University;
- Facilitate professional networking worldwide;
- Identify “best practices” in worldwide public administration and management;
- Link professional and technical resources to foster the adaption of “best practices” to diverse cultural and institutional contexts in the U.S. and especially in other nations;
- Stimulate, develop, and disseminate teaching materials in the field;
- Build student interest in the field of international/comparative administration;
- Support young professionals entering the field.
SICA members are dedicated to meeting the global challenges of the 21st Century. SICA supports initiatives to:
- Build administrative and managerial capacity for societal transformation in the areas of democratization, free market economies, security and political alliances.
- Explore the potential for innovative institutional arrangements, including public-private collaboration/partnerships.
- Develop innovative administrative and operational responses to trans-boundary global problems, such as those related to protection of the environment, combating terrorism, working to halt the spread of HIV/AIDS and to provide better treatment capacity, seeking the end to religious and ethnic conflict, fighting against worldwide drug trafficking and abuse.
- Integrate international, comparative knowledge and approaches into public administration training in all sectors of government.
- Respond to global economic interdependence by expanding professional, scientific, and cultural exchanges worldwide.