Public administration is an applied, interdisciplinary field which may properly be conceived as both ‘science’ and ‘art and profession’.
EGPA contributes to the scientific endeavour in public administration by providing a unique system of Permanent Study Groups that cover both consolidated and emergent areas of social scientific inquiry in the field.
EGPA also contributes to the profession of public administration throughout Europe, by furnishing the cutting-edge knowledge for the development of the skills and the expertise required for practising the art of managing the public services. To this purpose, EGPA operates in close cooperation with EUPAN, the European Union Public Administration Network gathering the Ministries/Departments for Public Administration throughout Europe. EGPA is also one of the constituent institutions of EAPAA, the European Association for Public Administration Accreditation that provides accreditation to Masters of Public Administration in Europe. EGPA takes responsibility for the development of public administration and public service in Europe, and aims at being an active contributor to the debate on the future of European governance.
EGPA runs a major Annual Conference every year, as well as a range of initiatives, developed by the Permanent study Groups.
EGPA promotes the Dialogues Conferences. These are the Transatlantic Dialogues in public administration, bringing together European and American scholars and organised jointly with the American Society for Public Administration; the Trans-European Dialogues organised together with NIPSAcee, the Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe, and the Euro-Mediterranean Dialogues on Public Management , which provides a unique platform for scholars and practitioners of public administration throughout the Mediterranean basin. Public administration is an art and profession practised in different cultural, linguistic, historic, linguistic, politico-administrative and societal ‘contexts’: the development of public administration passes through diverse identities engaging into dialogues. EGPA aims to promote further dialogues with communities of public administration scholarship all over the world.
I really hope and trust you will find in EGPA a place in which the science, the art and the profession of public administration can thrive, a community of persons where the pursuit of the highest standards of scholarship goes hand in hand with the development of a collaborative and supportive environment, beneficial to scholars and practitioners alike in successfully developing our fascinating profession.
EGPA activities are directed by a Steering Committee , which provides guidance and support to the works of the Permanent Study Groups.
Prof. Edoardo Ongaro