The Camilla Stivers Award

“Complementary Bureaucracy: Reimagining Weberian Impersonalism with Indigenous Relationality” by Catherine Althaus, ANZSOG Deputy Dean (Teaching and Learning) and the ANZSOG Chair of Public Service Leadership and Reform at the University of New South Wales in Canberra, is the recipient of the 2023 Camilla Stivers award for Perspectives on Public Management and Governance, Vol. 5 (2), 135-150.

Members of the award committee identified this article as a standout in an exceptional field. The article focuses in on an important tension between the strengths of bureaucratic impersonalism and policy areas that rest of working with citizens and communities. She argues that drawing Indigenous worldviews with clan-based organisations can help to resolve tensions and chart a way forward bringing together relationality and impersonalism. Althaus has published an article that sets the direction for the field and signals where the field needs to move, in particular through its respect for Indigenous knowledge systems. The work is already guiding new empirical and theoretical directions.

The Camilla Stivers Award is given annually for the best article published in PPMG.

Past Recipients

2022 – “Artificial Intelligence and Administrative Evil” by Matthew M. Young, Johannes Himmelreich, Justin B. Bullock, and Kyoung-Cheol Kim, Vol. 4, No. 3, 244–258., wins the 2022 Camilla Stivers Award.

2021 – Greer, R. A., & Scott, T. A. (2020). A network autonomy framework: Reconceptualizing special district autonomy in polycentric systems. Perspectives on Public Management and Governance, 3(1), 59-76.

2020 – Joris van der Voet, Organizational Decline and Innovation in Public Organizations: A Contextual Framework of Cutback Managament, 2(2), 139- 154.