Traut presents paper at conference in Paris

Traut presents paper at conference in Paris University of South Dakota Political Science Professor Carol Traut was invited to present a paper at the 24th Meeting of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences in Paris, Sept. 7-11.

The theme of the conference was "The Citizen and Public Administration" and addressed the issues of efficient and responsive governmental service in a time of world wide movement toward decentralization and governmental downsizing. Over 450 people from 46 different countries attended.

Traut's paper dealt specifically with the role of information technology in governmental activities.

"It is remarkable how similar the problems facing governments worldwide are," Traut said.

Of major concern to the conference participants, especially those from African countries, is the lack of resources that rural and poorer regions possess in trying to better the lives of their citizens.

"These are the very same concerns that rural communities face in South Dakota," Traut said. "We are to the point in the upper Midwest, with predictions of continued rural exodus in the region, of needing to decide just how we want to provide governmental services to people in rural areas so that they have the same advantages as their urban counterparts."

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