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Minnowbrook IV in 2028: From American Minnowbrook to Global Minnowbrook


Bidhya Bowornwathana is an associate professor of public administration at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. His publications and research interests are in the areas of governance, administrative reform, and comparative public administration.


The first Minnowbrook Conference in 1968 was a big success. The ideas and directions that the field of public administration followed later on were very much influenced by the spirit of Minnowbrook I. Since then, it has become a practice for American scholars in the field of public administration to meet every 20 years to discuss the future direction of the field. Thus, we had Minnowbrook II in 1988 and Minnowbrook III in 2008. When the next 20 year-cycle arrives in 2028, what will happen to Minnowbrook IV?