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This book considers the ways in which public administration (PA) has been studied in Europe over the last forty years, and examines in particular the contribution of EGPA, the European Group for Public Administration, both to the growth of a truly pan-European PA, and to the future of PA in Europe. The book provides a lively reflection on the state of the art of PA both over the past forty years and over the next forty years. It reflects on the consolidation and institutionalisation of EGPA as the European community for the study of PA in Europe, and demonstrates the need for such a regional group for PA in Europe, as well as for regional groups for the study of PA in other parts of the world. The book also demonstrates the functional, cultural and institutional reasons that underpin the significance of a regional group for researching and studying PA at an ‘intermediate level of governance’ between the national and the global levels. The book provides rich insights about the state of the art of PA in Europe from the leading public administration scholars.



Chapter 1. Introduction: The Past and the Future of a Community at the Heart of the Administrative Sciences

The chapter argues that there are functional, cultural and institutional reasons that underpin the significance of a regional group for public administration (PA), like EGPA—the European Group for Public Administration. The chapter delves into the continued and even stronger today than ever rationale for establishing a platform for researching and studying PA at an ‘intermediate level of governance’ between the national and the global levels. The argument worked out in this chapter represents a common thread throughout the book, where the various chapters point at different facets of this underlying major claim and provide further evidence for it. The chapter then concludes with an overview of the book Public Administration in Europe: The Contribution of EGPA.

Edoardo Ongaro

The Intertwined Histories of EGPA and of the Field of Public Administration in Europe


Chapter 2. German, American and European Roots of International Cooperation in Administrative Sciences. ‘The Speyer Conferences’ and the Origins of EGPA/GEAP up to 1975

The European Group of Public Administration/Groupe Européen d’Administration Publique (EGPA/GEAP) arose as a European complement to the International Institute of Administrative Sciences. The first European Conference was organized in 1968 by Fritz Morstein Marx. As an émigré from Nazi Germany he combined theoretical reflection and practical experience in the US public administration and came back in 1962 to a chair in Speyer. With the US experience of Brownlow’s PACA as a clearing house in mind, he brought together the Europeans including a renewed German administrative science. S. Cassese, K. König, N. Johnson, A. Leemans, F. F. Ridley, H. Siedentopf, K. Sipponen, J. Starosziak and others present at the Speyer conferences since 1968 finally made EGPA their constant network for cooperation in 1975.

Stefan Fisch

Chapter 3. The Idea of Publicness in Public Administration: Episodes and Reflections on European Group for Public Administration 40th Anniversary

The chapter revisits the idea of “publicness” in public administration. It notices, crucially, that for many decades since the (conventional) establishment of public administration as a science through Wilson’s most famous article, the term “public” has almost never accompanied “administration”. Woodrow Wilson never wrote the article “The Study of Public Administration”. He did write seminal pages titled “The Study of Administration”; but the addition, in the title, of the adjective “public” is posthumous. For decades “administration” has been nearly synonymous to public administration. It is only later on, after World War II, that a distinction between public as opposed to private administration (business administration and management) took roots. The chapter argues that we cannot explain this semantic change only through the appearance of new forms of “private administrations”. The fact is that also the state’s structure and functions had in the meanwhile undergone substantial changes, extremely relevant to the dialectic public/private. In order to capture those changes, the chapter reviews, necessarily briefly, institutional and economic developments that affected public administration.

Fabio Rugge

Chapter 4. “Unity in Diversity”: An Overused Motto—And Yet a Perfect Fit for EGPA

The kind of “diversity” which can be found within EGPA and its members belongs, at least, to three orders: cultural, disciplinary and in terms of reference model. A key question is whether this diversity is kept alive or reduced, and whether this is for the better or the worse. Diversity: it has always been strong within EGPA; it is sufficient to look at the list of the EGPA Permanent Study Groups to be convinced. Unity: more synergies within EGPA and with the other entities of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS) family; it is a work that constantly needs to be renewed, but it certainly is beneficial to all.

Jacques Ziller

Chapter 5. What Does It Mean a European Learned Society in Public Administration?

This chapter provides the reflection of the incumbent president of EGPA, the European Group for Public Administration (Edoardo Ongaro, President 2013 to present) about the significance of a European learned society for the study and practice of public administration. Europe is about science and the modern sciences—which were conceived in Europe—as it is very much about art and artistic expression. And Europe is about philosophy, a term that was invented in the then ancient Greece. Public administration is both a science and an art, and its roots lie in philosophy. Hence reflecting on the roots of the notion of Europe is also a fascinating journey into the roots of public administration.

Edoardo Ongaro

Chapter 6. Welcoming Twice the EGPA Annual Conference in Toulouse: Avè plaisir!

This short humoristic text expresses the gratitude of its author towards the team of the EGPA/IIAS for having entrusted him twice with the responsibility of welcoming avè plaisir (with great pleasure) the EGPA Annual Conference, in 2010 and 2015, in the radiant rose-brick city of Toulouse. Both the former capital of Languedoc with a rich cultural heritage from the Roman Empire and the Visigoths, and the present European capital of aeronautics and space industries (Airbus, EADS-Arianespace, Thalès), Toulouse is also the second university city in France after Paris, and thus an ideal place to host high-level scientific events, in a warm atmosphere.

Jean-Michel Eymeri-Douzans

Chapter 7. Doctoral Education in European Public Administration: The Contribution of EGPA’s PhD Symposium

This chapter highlights the role and contribution of EGPA in educating and socializing the next generation of young researchers into the interdisciplinary community of public administration, management and policy scholars in Europe. In doing so, it also provides an overview of the current state of the art in doctoral education in the field of public administration in Europe. Against this background, the chapter presents the annual “EGPA Workshop for PhDs and Young Researchers” (or for short: the EGPA PhD project) in the context of changing institutional settings and academic markets of PhD education in Europe. Consequently, EGPA carries an important responsibility as a representative of the public administration community in shaping the course of PhD education in our field in Europe.

Christoph Reichard, Eckhard Schröter

Europe and the World: The EGPA Dialogues on Public Administration and Management


Chapter 8. The Transatlantic Dialogue (TAD) on Public Administration and Management and the Strategic Partnership Between ASPA and EGPA

Established in 2005, the Transatlantic Dialogues (TADs) is a series of conferences that was initiated to address contemporary issues and challenges in public governance, public administration and public management arising from both sides of the Atlantic. The purpose of the TAD is to conjoin academics and practitioners from both Europe and the US around the joint investigation of key topics for the field, especially through comparative methods and approaches. By probing into a different topic of inquiry every year, the TAD series has enabled to integrate the perspectives and cognitive maps of scholars from both sides of the Atlantic to tackle a wide range of issues and produce countless publications. Since the establishment of the TAD series, over 30 conference co-chairs, over 150 workshop co-chairs and 14 American Society of Public Administration (ASPA) presidents from the American side and 3 EGPA presidents from the European side have enabled and supported the TADs. And, crucially, a total of about 1000 participants (at the time this book goes to press) have contributed to make the successive TAD conferences a success.

Fabienne Maron, Edoardo Ongaro

Chapter 9. EGPA and the European Administrative Space: Strategic Partnership with NISPAcee and the Trans-European Dialogue (TED)

The chapter aims at addressing collaboration between the two main professional organizations in the field of Public Administration in Europe—the European Group of Public Administration (EGPA) and the Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe (NISPAcee)—in their contribution to understanding, creating and institutionalizing the European Administrative Space. While the chapter gives an overview of both informal collaboration between Eastern and Western European scholars, and a joint accreditation initiative (EAPAA), its main focus is on Trans-European Dialogue (TED). The chapter outlines the challenges for the future of TED and proposes other potential ways of EGPA-NISPAcee collaboration.

Tiina Randma-Liiv, Mirko Vintar, Isabella Proeller, Marius Constantin Profiroiu

Chapter 10. From MED to EURO MENA: The Many Paths of an Expanded Dialogue

This chapter reflects on the experiences of the seven conferences of the Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue in Public Management (MED) and how it has further expanded its remit to become the Euro-MENA (Middle East and Northern African) dialogue. The chapter addresses three main issues. First, the central significance of the Mediterranean area for the European Group for Public Administration (EGPA). Second, the contribution of EGPA to the debate on the study and the practice of Public Administration in the Mediterranean area. Third, the role and place of EGPA in and for the EURO-MENA area in the future.

Robert Fouchet, Sofiane Sahraoui, Marco Meneguzzo, Céline du Boys, Fabienne Maron

Forty Years of Public Administration Research in Europe: The EGPA Permanent Study Groups and French-Speaking Seminar


Chapter 11. From Informatisation to e-Government and Beyond

Permanent Study Group 1: e-Government

The impact of information and communications technology on government and public administration today is profound and pervasive. It was not always so. When the Permanent Study Group on Informatisation became EGPA’s sixth Permanent Study Group (PSG) in Valencia in 1987, the Web had not yet been invented, the wider world had yet to discover the Internet and smart phones and social networking were far in the future. This chapter describes the evolution of this group as it has tracked, debated and discussed technologies and theories over the past 30 years.

Frank Bannister

Chapter 12. Thirty Years of Performance Research at the European Group of Public Administration

Permanent Study Group 2: Performance in Public Sector

Van Dooren, Askim and Van de Walle describe the orientation of research on public sector performance since 1988, and especially the last 15 years, using Study Group 2’s call for papers and the European Group of Public Administration (EGPA) conference venues as lieux de memoires. Changes in orientation over time show how performance research connects with developments in the wider public administration research community. Over time, scholarly attention has increased to, for example, the social construction of performance and the role of politics in designing systems for measuring performance and in using the information generated. The linkage with new public management (NPM) has weakened; the research reflects that performance management has become an integrated element in the governance of the public sector beyond NPM.

Wouter Van Dooren, Jostein Askim, Steven Van de Walle

Chapter 13. Public Personnel Policies and HRM: Developments Within the Field and in the (Long History) of the EGPA Study Group on Public Personnel Policy

Permanent Study Group 3: Public Personnel Policies

The field of Public Personnel Policies and HRM analyses how active leadership and HRM strategies can motivate employees and ultimately improve in public organizations in diverse contexts. Key changes have been the relative emphasis on performance versus motivation in itself and the methods used in scientific investigations. A key message is that the methodological pluralism has increased significantly over time. It is a field with high impact on policy makers and institutions through publications and public talks. In addition to discussing these issues, the chapter begins to answer the following question: What will characterize public personnel policy research and practice in 40 years from now?

Lotte Bøgh Andersen, Peter Leisink, Wouter Vandenabeele

Chapter 14. Combining European Research on Local Governance and Local Democracy

Permanent Study Group 4: Local Governance and Democracy

The contribution summarises the scientific discussion and research activities of the EGPA Permanent Study Group 4 (PSG 4) “Local Governance and Local Democracy”, founded in 2005. The impetus for proposing this specific PSG was the growing importance of the local level within the multi-level governance system in the European Union and most of its member states. The PSG 4 acts as a European network of research activities inside and outside EGPA, producing joint publications and organising scientific debates on many problems of the development of municipalities and local authorities. Our focus was on discussing both how to improve democracy by increased participation and deliberation, and how to secure provision of services in an efficient way in developed welfare societies. This includes analysing several forms of administrative changes and reforms at the local level and research of representative, direct and cooperative democracy at local level in a cross-European comparison.

Tomas Bergström, Colin Copus, Jochen Franzke, José M. Ruano, Linze Schaap, Hanna Vakkala

Chapter 15. Subnational Government in the Research Spotlight: The Merit of EGPA Permanent Study Group 5

Permanent Study Group 5: Regional and Local Government

Kuhlmann, Laffin and Wayenberg point out three main strands of subnational changes that have significantly dominated the research field and focus of Permanent Study Group 5. Elaborating upon the Study Group’s contributions, the chapter overviews relevant research questions, approaches and findings that have been touched upon concerning local and regional government systems, subnational reforms and their evaluation in a multi-level governance setting. The chapter concludes with zooming in on austerity as a main driver of future developments upon and amongst all levels of government.

Sabine Kuhlmann, Martin Laffin, Ellen Wayenberg

Chapter 16. Reform Waves and the Structure of Government

Permanent Study Group 6: The Governance of Public Sector Organizations

This chapter addresses the main changes in the governance of public sector organizations by focusing on administrative reforms. The main finding is that there is a loose coupling between administrative doctrines and actual changes. There is no convergence to one European reform trend. A special focus is on contribution of EGPA-related research on the governance of public sector organizations. A core argument is that the reform process has been a combination of robustness and flexibility producing hybrid organizational forms that combine Old Public Administration, New Public Management (NPM), and post-NPM reforms. A major future challenge is to get more reliable comparative data over time and across countries about the effects of different administrative reforms.

Per Lægreid, Koen Verhoest

Chapter 17. Looking Back, Moving Forward: Reflections on the Developments in the Field of Quality and Integrity of Governance

Permanent Study Group 7: Quality and Integrity of Governance

In this chapter, Macaulay and de Graaf chart the history of the EGPA Permanent Study Group Quality and Integrity of Governance from its origins, as a European equivalent to the American Society for Public Administration’s ethics chapter, to its achievements in advancing European scholarship and the field of integrity and ethics itself. The authors will show how the Permanent Study Group (PSG) has championed research throughout Europe and beyond, and will highlight the range of jurisdictions that have been represented. They also explain how the PSG has sought to expand the range of methodological perspectives (including experimental psychology, historical method, Q-methodology; and many others) used in the field. In terms of knowledge development, the PSG has led the globe in specific areas (e.g. in local integrity systems) and has been used by national and supranational institutions to forward debate in transparency, integrity and governance.

Michael Macaulay, Gjalt de Graaf

Chapter 18. Civil Society and Citizens: From the Margins to the Heart of Public Administration Research

Permanent Study Group 8: Civil Society, Citizens and Government

The position of civil society is changing, as many traditional organizations have become dependent on governments and markets for financial resources. At the same time, new kinds of civil society are on the rise, in the shape of self-organization and social movements. These new players challenge the position both of government, of traditional civil society and of relevant institutions. Simultaneously, citizens are taking on new roles in relation to both government and civil society. They start acting as co-producers, participating in the design, production and evaluating of public services. The question is how governments and administrations are able to cope with these new developments.

Bram Verschuere, Taco Brandsen, Karen Johnston

Chapter 19. Some Reflections on the Development of Education for Public Administration in Europe

Permanent Study Group 9: Teaching Public Administration

The chapter presents an overview about the evolution of the teaching dimension in the academic debate within the EGPA community. Major topics of EGPA’s permanent study group on “PA and teaching” over the last decade are displayed. From a more general perspective, the authors discuss the various types and target groups of academic programs in Public Administration and their change over time. They also shed some light on the change of contents and pedagogical approaches in the last decades. Furthermore, different patterns and degrees of institutionalization of Public Administration as academic discipline across Europe are illustrated. In a short résumé the authors reflect about future educational developments in our field and about the role of EGPA.

Arthur Ringeling, Christoph Reichard

Chapter 20. Law and Public Administration and the Quest for Reconciliation

Permanent Study Group 10: Law and Public Administration

Dragos Kovač and Marseille address the long-lasting dichotomy of law and public administration (management), trying to make the case for a reconciliation of the two fields. On one hand, the law is an important discipline within the wider public administration domain, and therefore legal aspects should be an inevitable part of administrative science discourse. On the other hand, the empirical approaches to law promoted by public management clearly benefit the legitimacy of regulation. The chapter explains the history and achievements of the Law and Administration Group at EGPA and emphasizes the continuous need for such a venue, where public lawyers and public managers meet and work together for an interdisciplinary approach to public administration issues. It is the Study Group’s ambition to continue its endeavor of bridging the dialogue between managers and lawyers on common interest themes.

Dacian C. Dragos, Polonca Kovač, A. T. (Bert) Marseille

Chapter 21. Strategic Management in Government: Looking Backward, Looking Forward

Permanent Study Group 11: Strategic Management in Government

The research carried out into strategic management in government and the wider public sector has made a lot of progress since the early 1980s. As a result, there have been major steps forward in the theory and understanding of topics, such as the development of strategy in the context of stakeholders and their relative powers, the responses of individual public sector managers to their experiences of strategic planning, and how to make strategic planning more effective. Some research directions have proved less fruitful. For example, some studies have taken ideas and propositions from the private sector literature on strategic management and investigated their extension to the public sector; this has involved substantial and rigorous research endeavors and produced only modest results. Future priorities for research should include research into strategic learning within the public sector, both in the form of emergent strategy and of intentional evaluation and learning as part of formal strategic planning. A second major example of where more research is urgently needed is research into the reform of public governance to make it more strategic, which is a matter where policy-makers and practitioners have been quite active and experimental since the mid-1990s. In this case priorities include research into the role of leadership in the conscious and purposeful reform of public governance institutions, and, probably even more urgent at the present time, research into how governments can engage citizens and other stakeholders in the formulation and implementation of government strategies.

Anne Drumaux, Paul Joyce

Chapter 22. Financial Management and Public Sector Accounting in an Age of Reforms: Developments and Changes in Public Sector Financial Management

Permanent Study Group 12: Public Sector Financial Management

The chapter discusses the recent multifaceted developments in public sector financial management and in particular the contribution of the permanent study group (PSG) XII in the debate regarding the reforms and the innovations occurring at all governmental levels and different public sector organizations.Guiding the reader through the journey of the PSG, the chapter outlines the key challenges that future studies dealing with public sector financial management will be called to envisage. In parallel, it focuses on the harmonization of governmental accounting systems towards IPSAS or EPSAS and national accounts in Europe by shedding light on the existing situation and the imminent trends.

Francesca Manes Rossi, Eugenio Caperchione, Sandra Cohen, Isabel Brusca

Chapter 23. Public Policy in Practice

Permanent Study Group 13: Public Policy

The main purpose of the Permanent Study Group (PSG) is to develop and strengthen the ties between the fields of public administration/public management and political science/public policy by bringing scholars from these fields together. Special attention is given to implementation theory and research. Over the past years, the Study Group has contributed to gathering older and new generations of implementation researchers who contribute and publish on cutting-edge topics of policy implementation. The future agenda of PSG XIII includes making work of systematic comparative research, addressing both the limits and capacities of administration, and developing dialogues between academia and practice.

Aurélien Buffat, Peter Hupe, Harald Sætren, Eva Thomann

Chapter 24. EGPA and the Study of EU Public Administration

EGPA Permanent Study Group 14: EU Administration and Multilevel Governance

Administration has always been a focal point of European Union (EU) research. Yet, the study of multilevel and EU administrations as research subject in its own right is more recent. The Permanent Study Group has assembled some of the key contributors to the most prominent debates, namely the EU’s core administrations, the interplay between international or supranational and lower level administrative units, questions of administrative autonomy in public and semi-autonomous agencies, systemic changes due to multilevel interactions and questions of compliance, as well as normative questions of accountability and control more broadly. In sum, multilevel administration, crucially studies in the EU context, has developed an elaborate research agenda that generates generalisable findings for multilevel administrations and their implications for contemporary governance.

Gijs Jan Brandsma, Eva G. Heidbreder, Ellen Mastenbroek

Chapter 25. Public Administration, Technology and Innovation: Government as Technology Maker?

Permanent Study Group 15: Public Administration, Technology and Innovation

In this chapter, we summarize the historical roots and development of public sector innovation research and discuss its main current weakness—lack of an explicit evolutionary perspective. To remedy this weakness, we develop further the co-evolutionary perspective on public administration (PA), technological development and innovation. Relying on Christopher Pollitt’s framework of government as “placemaker”, we propose a complementary framework of government as “technology maker”. In the concluding section, we discuss the implications of the proposed framework for PA research.

Erkki Karo, Rainer Kattel

Chapter 26. Public and Nonprofit Marketing: Determinants and Developments, and the Contribution of an EGPA Study Group to the Field

Permanent Study Group 16: Public and Nonprofit Marketing

Integration of public and nonprofit marketing issues into the current public administration research agenda is the result of the continued expansion in the last decades of spheres and content of the mentioned domains.Public and nonprofit marketing become an instrument for discovering, adapting and applying the techniques and principles of marketing to public organizations and process, which requires the development of a specific and distinctive body of knowledge. Re-evaluating and detailing the marketing objectives applicable to the public and nonprofit sectors have been the rationale and support of the establishment and existence of a permanent study group (PSG) of EGPA. This chapter brings the necessary arguments for further research in the field of public and nonprofit marketing and makes an evaluation of the activity up to the present moment, within the PSG XVI we mentioned.

Ani Matei, José Luis Vazquez-Burguete, Christophe Alaux

Chapter 27. State and Society: Taking the Broad Perspective

Permanent Study Group 17: Sociology of the State: Reforms and Resilience

This short humoristic text expresses the gratitude of its author toward the team of the EGPA/IIAS for having entrusted him twice with the responsibility of welcoming avè plaisir (with great pleasure) the EGPA Annual Conference, in 2010 and 2015, in the radiant rose-brick city of Toulouse. Both the former capital of Languedoc with a rich cultural heritage from the Roman Empire and the Visigoths, and the present European capital of aeronautics and space industries (Airbus, EADS-Arianespace, Thalès), Toulouse is also the second university city in France after Paris, and thus an ideal place to host high-level scientific events, in a warm atmosphere.

Jean-Michel Eymeri-Douzans, Daniela Piana

Chapter 28. Court Management: A Young Field of Public Management

Permanent Study Group 18: Justice and Court Administration

Court management as a field of research was the result of several factors, for example the debate on New Public Management (NPM) or the activities of the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ). The Permanent Study Group (PSG) XVIII justice and court administration began its activities in 2012. The participants have so far been researchers and practitioners from courts and from judicial administrations. This mix has proved to be interesting and there was a lot of successful knowledge sharing. The strategy for PSG XVIII will be to continue to combine forces with established groups and networks in Europe and beyond.

Daniel Kettiger, Andreas Lienhard, Philip Langbroek, Marco Fabri

Chapter 29. Public Network Policy and Management: A Mainstay in Public Administration

Permanent Study Group 19: Public Network Management

A “universal” euphoria towards network establishment in the public sector was apparent since the early 1990s, with a special focus on the three issues of governance: management, performance measurement and evaluation. The Permanent Study Group (PSG) “Public network policy and management”, one of the youngest EGPA PSG, launched at the 2013 EGPA Conference in Edinburgh was designed and conceived as a place for dialogue among academics, researchers and professionals at the European level. The PSG has promoted a dissemination strategy suitable to expand the network of public network scholars outside Europe (in cooperation with ASPA and other international association such as IRSPM, CLAD and IMPN). The chapter illustrates aims, activities and perspectives of this young EGPA study group. The dialogue developed in the last five years allowed us to identify some cutting-edge themes on which focusing future research on network policy and management. These topics are represented by the relevance of soft or intangible factors as predictors of network success (network trust, culture, personal relationships etc.) and by the criticality of network manager and network leadership as pivot of the network success.

Marco Meneguzzo, Daniela Cristofoli, Olivier Keramidas, Andrea Bonomi Savignon

Chapter 30. Harbouring Francophone Public Administration in an International Congress: Challenges, Benefits, and a Glance Forward

EGPA French-Speaking Seminar

In acknowledgment of its two founding languages, EGPA decided in 2011 to reinstall a French-speaking area of scientific debate alongside its main English-speaking study groups. This raises several questions among which are (a) the role of languages as media of scientific exchange in context-bound disciplines such as public administration, (b) the existence of a public administration ‘Francosphere’ apposite to an established ‘Anglosphere’, (c) the risks of centre-periphery homogenization of concepts induced by cultural and linguistic artefacts in the anglophone and the francophone world, and (d) the potential benefits of scientific exchange in a dual-language setting. A discussion ensues as to the capacity of the French-speaking seminar to act as moderator between research networks of different languages; the circulation of scientific concepts and public administration hot topics between EGPA and francophone networks is analysed through a retrospective discussion of the themes of scientific gatherings and special issues over five years.

Emil Turc, Jan Mattijs

EGPA and the Future of Public Administration in Europe


Chapter 31. Accreditation in European Public Administration

With the aim to improve the quality of public administration (PA) programmes in Europe, EGPA established in 1999—together with the Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe (NISPAcee)—the European Association for Public Administration Accreditation (EAPAA). This chapter presents the development of EAPAA in the last two decades and the experiences made with voluntary accreditation of academic PA programmes in Europe. The authors illustrate the basic accreditation concept of EAPAA, its integration into the European quality assurance institutions and the scope of accreditation missions over time. Finally, the effects of accreditation measures in the educational field of PA are discussed.

Maja Klun, Christoph Reichard

Chapter 32. Conclusion: EGPA, EPPA and the Future of Public Administration in Europe

This chapter outlines the strategy of the European Group for Public Administration (EGPA) and reflects on some of its key strengths, and how these may equip the European community of scholars and practitioners of public administration (PA) to contribute to the development of the field. The chapter reviews the key trait of the EGPA organisational model: the Permanent Study Groups, which are communities of scholars centred on the key areas of the administrative sciences in Europe. It also discusses the partnerships that EGPA has developed with key institutions in Europe and beyond, and highlights the significance of the EGPA policy papers on European governance. Finally, it discusses the strategic, forward-looking project European Perspectives on Public Administration, which aims to reflect on the future of the research and teaching of public administration.

Geert Bouckaert, Werner Jann, Fabienne Maron, Edoardo Ongaro, Sofiane Sahraoui


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