European Group for Public Administration (1975-2010) Perspectives for the Future (2010)

On the occasion of its 35th Anniversary, EGPA published “European Group for Public Administration (1975-2010) Perspectives for the Future (2010)”

This book throws the spotlight on those who have made, are making and will make an impact on the field of Public Administration in Europe, especially from an EGPA perspective. Building the discipline of Public Administration in Europe is a complex story of resources, languages, institutions, shared cooperation, platforms, visions, and interactions with practice in the field. This publication does not centre its attention on the historical perspective, but rather on future possibilities modelled by the experiences of the last 35 years; future perspectives based on the past and the present. The objective is to provide a perspective about the future, motivate the next generation of researchers and teachers in Public Administration and launch a debate on its future.

The table belows links to articles originally published in French in the book and translated in English for your convenience.



Introduction, by Geert Bouckaert, EGPA President, 2004-2010

“The Speyer Conference” : Some origins of EGPA/GEAP before 1975, by Stefan Fisch, Rector of the German University of Administrative Sciences Rektor der Deutschen Hochschule für Verwaltungswissenschaften Speyer .

1 «Rough Guides » in PA-Land

1.1. – Dialogues of disciplines: What should and could the PA-field learn from disciplines .

1.2. – How will Supply and Demand of PA-Ideas match in the Future: Journals and Organisations in PA-Land

1.2.1. – Christopher Pollitt – Editor in Chief – IRAS

1.2.2. – Rod Rhodes – Public Administration

1.2.3. – Jos Raadschelders – Public Administration Review (PAR)

1.2.4. – Fabrice Larat – Revue française d’Administration publique:

LA RFAP – Trois décennies de travail éditorial au service de l’étude de

l’administration en France et dans le monde

1.2.5. – Kuno Schedler – International Public Management Network

1.2.6. – Stephen Osborne – International Research Society of Public Management

1.2.7. – Gyorgy Jenei – Making Sound and Solid the System of Democracy in the New EU Member CEE Countries

1.2.8. – Ludmila Gajdosova – The Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe (NISPAcee)

1.3. – Where you stand is where you sit: What is the impact of institutional embeddednesses for PA?

1.3.1. – Helmut K. Anheier – Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, Germany.

1.3.2. – Giovanni Valloti – Universita di Bocconi, Milan, Italy

1.3.3. – Stavros Zouridis – University of Tilburg, The Netherlands

1.3.4. – Per Laegreid – Bergen, Norway

1.3.5. – Jean-Michel Eymeri-Douzans – IEP Toulouse, France

1.4. – Who will shape our future elites?

1.4.1. – Bernard Boucault, ENA, France

1.4.2. – Calin Hintea, Babes Bolyai, Cluj – Romania

1.4.3. – Paul H.A. Frissen, NSOB – The Netherlands

1.4.4. – Théo van der Krogt, EAPAA Secretary General

1.4.5. – Paul Joyce – New Thinking in the UK on University Education forPublic Services Leaders

1.5. – Who pays the piper, calls the tune: About commissioning and organising research in PA

1.5.1. – Mark Bovens, Utrecht, The Netherlands

1.5.2. – Geert Bouckaert – Future trends in organising research in PA

2 Cultural Diversity in PA-Land

2.1. – [email protected]: Saved in translation or How the PA-field is affected by the language in which it is conducted?

2.1.1. – German PA and PA in German – Klaus König, Speyer

2.1.2. – French PA and PA in French – Gérard Timsit, Paris

2.1.3. – Dutch PA and PA in Dutch – Walter Kickert, Erasmus UniversityRotterdam

2.1.4. – English PA and PA in English – Gavin Drewry, Portsmouth

2.1.5. – Finnish PA and PA in Finnish – Turo Virtanen, Helsinki

2.1.6. – Hungarian PA and PA in Hungarian – Lajos Lörincz, Budapest

2.1.7. – Spanish PA and PA in Spanish – Salvador Parado-Diez, Madrid

2.1.8. – Italian PA and PA in Italian – Marco Meneguzzo and Denita Cepiku, Roma

2.1.9. – Estonian PA and PA in Estonian – Rainer Kattel and Tiina Randma-Liiv, Tallinn

2.1.10. – Polish PA and PA in Polish – Barbara Kudrycka and Marek Wierzbowski, Warsaw

2.1.11. – Lithuanian PA and PA in Lithuanian – Vitalis Nakrošis, Vilnius

2.1.12. – Romanian PA and PA in Romanian – Lucica Matei and Ani Matei, Bucharest

2.1.13. – Slovak PA and PA in Slovak – Juraj Nemec, Banska Brystrica

2.1.14. – Greek PA and PA in Greek – Calliope Spanou, Athens

2.1.15. – Portuguese PA and PA in Portuguese – Silvia Mendes and Pedro Camoes, Minho

2.1.16. – Maltese PA and PA in Maltese – Emanuel Camilleri, Valetta

2.1.17. – Danish PA and PA in Danish – Torben Beck Jorgensen, Copenhagen

2.1.18. – Czech PA and PA in Czech – Sonia Skulova, Praha

2.1.19. – Slovenian PA and PA in Slovenian – Stanka Setnikar-Cankar, Ljjubljana.

2.2. – The field of PA as a dialogue of Institutions and Individuals

2.2.1. – TAD: Transatlantic Dialogues between ASPA and EGPA – Taco Brandsen, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

2.2.2. – TED: TransEuropean Dialogues between NISPAcee and EGPA – Wolfgang Drechsler, University of Tallinn, Estonia

2.2.3. – MED: Dialogue Euro Méditerranéen de Management Public – Robert Fouchet, IMPGT, Université Paul Cézanne, Aix-Marseille III, France

2.2.4. – Moving from Switzerland to Germany: Isabella Proeller, University of Potsdam, Germany

2.2.5. – Moving from Belgium to the UK and the Netherlands: Steven Van de Walle, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2.2.6. – Moving from England to the European Continent – Christopher Pollitt, KULeuven, Belgium

2.2.7. – Moving from France to Italy – Jacques Ziller, University of Pavia, Italy

2.3. – EGPA and its Permanent Study Groups

2.3.1. – E-Gov – Frank Bannister and Albert Meijer

2.3.2. – Performance in Public Sector – Steven van de Walle, Wouter van

Dooren, Kai Wegrich

2.3.3. – Personnel Policies – David Farnham, Peter Leisink, Annie Hondeghem, Sylvia Horton, Lotte Bogh Anderson and Wouter Vandenabeele

2.3.4. – Local Governance – Marcel Boogers, Tomas Bergström, Jochen Franzke, Linze Schaap, Colin Copus, Jose Manuel Ruano de la Fuente

2.3.5. – Intergovernmental Relations – Edoardo Ongaro, Andrew Massey, Ellen Wayenberg

2.3.6. – Governance of Public Sector Organisation – Werner Jann, Per Lagreid, Koen Verhoest

2.3.7. – Ethics and Integrity of Governance – Jeroen Maesschalk, Leo Huberts

2.3.8. – Public Governance of Societal Sectors – Taco Brandsen, Willem Trommel, Bram Verschuren

2.3.9. – Public Administration and Teaching – Christoph Reichard, Arthur Ringeling

2.3.10. – Public Administration and Law – Philip Langbroek, Hélène Pauliat, François Lafarge.

2.3.11. – Strategic Management in Government – Robert Fouchet, Paul Joyce

2.3.12. – Public Policy – Harald Saetren, Peter Hupe

2.3.13. – EU Administration and Multi Level Governance – Edoardo Ongaro, Andrew Massey, Michael W. Bauer

Young, younger, youngest: PA as a story of generations

The previous short texts are separated by testimonies from a range of young to less young people, from starters to emeriti, from front line to establishment, across Europe. Each of the above mentioned persons will be introduced by mentioning their main position, and also by answering three questions.

The three questions are:

– Why are you a researcher/teacher in the field of PA?

– What impact do you want your work to have? What difference do you/did you want

to make?

– If PA would not exist, why should we invent it (or not)?

3 Some Conclusions for the future of Public Administration in Europe

Geert Bouckaert, Public Management Institute KULeuven, Belgium and

Wim Van De Donk, EGPA Vice President

PA: What can we know?

PA: What should we do?

PA: What may we believe?

APPENDIX : 35 years of EGPA: facts and figures

1. EGPA in brief

2. Questionnaire

3. List of Presidents

4. List of Conferences

Articles Translated Into English

  • Who Will Shape Our Future Elite – Bernard Boucault

    Bernard Boucault, ENA, France PDF VERSION  The translation of concepts from one language into another is reductive, in that the social and cultural connotations of a term in one language can rarely be rendered into another in all their complexity. Thus, in French, use of the verb “former”  in conjunction with the word “élites”, evokes […]

  • Where you stand is where you sit: What is the impact of institutional embeddednesses for PA? – Jean-Michel Eymeri-Douzans

    Jean-Michel Eymeri-Douzans –IEP Toulouse, France PDF VERSION  France is a country worthy of comparative observation as one of the “birthplaces” of bureaucracy, competitive examination, and the civil service.  It is also a country where the political and administrative leaders of a ruling government have claimed with more success than elsewhere to have a tutelary relationship […]

  • MED: Dialogue Euro Méditerranéen de Management Public – Robert Fouchet

    MED Euro-Mediterranean Dialogne on Public Management Robert Fouchet, IMPGT, Paul Cézanne University, Aix-Marseille III, France PDF VERSION  Three years ago, the EGPA decided to set up Euro-Mediterranean dialogues, not only to add to its territorial influence following the Transatlantic and Trans-European Dialogues, but also, and above all, to move within a space, the cradle of […]

  • The RFAP – Three Decades of Publication of Studies on the Administration in France and World Wide – Fabrice Larat

    Fabrice Larat, ENA, France PDF VERSION  Revue Française d’Administration Publique:  THE RFAP – THREE DECADES OF PUBLICATION OF STUDIES ON THE ADMINISTRATION IN FRANCE AND WORLD WIDE The part played by reviews and journals in the organisation and development of the various fields to which they relate, whether literary or scientific, is undeniable.  Vehicles for […]

  • The French Administration Reflected by Words – and Safe from Crises – Gérard Timsit

    Gérard Timsit, Paris, France PDF VERSION  The French Administration Reflected by Words – and Safe from Crises Words say it all – and perhaps give away more than we would like.  It’s often enough just to read between the lines. And sometimes beyond the words.  It’s strange to think that a language, just by naming […]


Originally published in French and translated in English: Bernard Boucault, Jean-Loup Chappelet, Jean Michel Eymeri-Douzans, Etienne Fivat, Robert Fouchet, Marcel Guenoun, Olivier Keramidas, Fabienne Maron, Martial Pasquier, Calliope Spanou and Gérard Timsit


  • Testimony: Marco Meneguzzo

    Marco Meneguzzo Age: 56 Position: Full professor of Public & Non profit Management Institution: University of Rome Tor Vergata & University of Lugano   – Why are you a researcher/teacher in the field of PA? During university studies, aged 21, I was elected in a local council of the City of Milan. Afterwards (28-30) I […]

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