In Public Administration there have been several and repeated attempts trying to review the ‘state of the art’ and to formulate future directions. This may even be a sign of a certain lack of maturity of the field, but it may also be an indication that we should try harder. The most important attempts so far are probably the so called Minnowbrook conferences (1968; 1988; 2008) and the Bielefeld interdisciplinary project (1986). Even though these undertakings offered many inspirations, we are convinced that this discussion needs new inputs, and that we need a distinctively European view.
In the ‘Potsdam-Leuven-Perspective‘ (PLP)
- we want to take stock of the most important developments in recent years,
- we want to develop a distinctively European perspective of the field,
- and we would like your support in this undertaking.
How can you help?
In our Web Survey we have formulated a few rather general questions, in order to get a first impression about the main concerns and ideas of our colleagues and peers, i.e. you!
We would like you to give a short answer to each question, but you are also welcome to add comments, ideas, hints, contradictions etc. If you are interested you can find more information about our initiative on our website.
The project is led by Geert Bouckaert (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) and Werner Jann (University of Potsdam) and is funded by the prize money of the Anneliese Maier Research Award, awarded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Geert Bouckaert received the Anneliese Maier Research Award on September 11th 2014, and when he accepted the invitation of Werner Jann to come to Potsdam, he suggested launching the common Potsdam-Leuven Perspective.
The project will prepare minor and major seminars around the most important topics, resulting in a prospective state of the art conference on ‘The Future of Public Administration’ and an edited volume. If you are interested in cooperation, please contact one of us.
EGPA-IIAS is inviting you to take part to this survey which will be open on Thursday, August 27.