Call for Chapters

Hybridity and Cross-Sectoral Relations in the Delivery of Public Services

Emerald Book Series, Vol. 6



Luca Gnan, Alessandro Hinna, Fabio Monteduro, Andrea Bonomi Savignon (University of Rome Tor Vergata)



The complex and ever-evolving relationship between the public sector and civil society at large is high on the policy and political agenda for the transformation of administrative and socio-economic systems in most developed countries. In this context, citizens associations, private businesses and non-profit organizations play a crucial role as potential actors of collaborative governance arrangements for both the prioritization and direct provision of public interest services. These settings are increasingly seen as powerful policy tools by which States may not only address issues related to the expenditure constraints which, in the current public financial situation, contingently limit and condition the direct delivery of such services by public institutions. They are also viewed as an opportunity for a definitive shift from traditional models of public administration in the sense that policies may be better designed, articulated, and governed through a collaborative approach, while service provision could be enhanced in terms of proximity, representativeness and innovativeness. New Public Management and welfare state reforms of the mid 1990s contributed to the emergence of hybrid organisations; Neo-Institutional theory has also been used to explain this phenomenon.

Based on this framework, we invite contributions aiming at deepening our understanding of cross-sectoral dynamics in the definition and delivery of public interest services. These can be articulated along three main lines of interest:

-        Government relations with non-profits (externalisation vs. cooperation)

-        Government and non profit relations with citizens (co-production; co-creation; participatory governance)

-        Government and non profit relations with businesses (hybrid organizations; networks; State-Owned Enterprises; Public-private partnerships)

These themes should be investigated with regards to (but not limited to) the following research questions:

-        How do these arrangements impact and influence public strategic management and performance?

-        How is it possible to measure the outcomes of such arrangements?

-        What do we know and what should we know more about features of governance and control systems in hybrid organizations and SOEs?

-        What are the drivers and obstacles to successful co-creation, co-production and partnership initiatives?



Our Expectations

We seek both theoretical and empirical chapters that tackle the issue of public and non-profit governance by addressing one or more of the above mentioned RQs.

The text will be made up of about ten chapters submitted by different authors, and organized by the four editors.

Each chapter should contain an original analysis. We expect a critical analysis and the consideration of the different points of view within the area should be addressed.

Authors will be expected to work in close collaboration with the editors to ensure the abovementioned expectations are met. Additionally, all authors will be expected to review at least one of the other accepted chapters.

A particular consideration will be given to papers presented in the context of the SIG Public and Non-Profit Management at the European Academy of Management (EURAM) annual conferences, and topic-related tracks at the International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM) and European Group for Public Administration (EGPA) Conferences.



Submission Procedure

Authors are invited to submit on or before April 3, 2017, his or her proposed chapter (full paper). All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Authors of accepted chapters will be notified by May 15, 2017 about the outcome of their proposals and about the reviewers’ comments. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by June 19, 2017.

Volume 6 is anticipated to be released in early 2018.

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Important Dates

April 3, 2017: Chapter Submission

May 15, 2017: Notification of Acceptance and Review Result

June 19, 2017: Final Chapter Submission

June 30, 2017: Definitive notification of Acceptance


Proposal Specifics

A complete proposal submission requires:

  1. Author bio(s): 75-100 words plus contact information, credentials, title & place of employment (on a separate page)
  2. Indication of why you believe the chapter would fit in the outline described above (on a separate page)
  3. Chapter proposal: about 10.000 words. The proposed chapter does not have to meet specific editorial requirements (only accepted manuscripts must conform to the editorial guidelines of the series), however we suggest to adhere to the following structure (per chapter):
  • Title page (Title, Author(s), Affiliations)
  • Running head (up to 65 characters in length)
  • Structured Abstract
  • Main text
      • try to subdivide into sections using headings/subheadings
      • Headings of sections and subsections must be short, clearly defined and not numbered
  • Acknowledgements
  • Appendix
  • References: APA 6th Edition is used.
  • Figures
  • Tables

Full author guidelines can be found on http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/ebookseries/author_guidelines.htm



This book is scheduled to be published by Emerald Publishing. Emerald is a global publisher managing a portfolio of over 295 journals and over 2,500 books and book series volumes. The cornerstone of Emerald’s portfolio is the well respected and established book series, which includes our book series entitled “Studies in Public and Non-Profit Governance” (see below).



Book Series

For release in the Emerald Book Series “Studies in Public and Non-Profit Governance” (http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/books/series.htm?id=2051-6630)

Series Editor(s): Luca Gnan, Alessandro Hinna and Fabio Monteduro

ISSN: 2051-6630

Studies in Public and Non-Profit Governance (SPNPG) is a new annual series publishing double-blind peer reviewed articles in a growing area of governance research. The series focuses on the “micro” level of governance in public and non-profit sector. Compared to the wider debate on corporate governance in the private sector and to the literature on the “macro” and “meso” levels of governance in the public sector, the organizational (micro) level of governance remains “a neglected area of governance” in

the public and non-profit sector. Therefore, governance systems, mechanisms and roles are primarily investigated at organizational level.

SPNPG allows for the establishment of an engaged community of researchers very active in the field. It aims to contribute to the definition of the theoretical components that assign an innovation role to governance systems in public and non profit organizations. It also highlights the opportunity for a deeper analysis of governance mechanisms in their relationships with both the external (stakeholders) actors and the internal (management) actors and address the conditions which enable governance mechanisms to effectively cover their own roles.




Andrea Bonomi Savignon This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fabio Monteduro This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Alessandro Hinna This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Luca Gnan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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