EGPA’s French-Speaking Seminar (F2S) is primarily born as a tribute to IIAS’ tradition of cultivating its co-founding languages, English and French. As the idea gathered up speed, and the academic community became aware of this new opportunity, it appears also that this event responds to a need of our community. It moderates the leveling effect of the acknowledged lingua franca of administrative sciences, and reopens major academic debates to a linguistic space that provides alternative vocabulary, patterns of thought, scientific approaches and norms, and political-administrative cultures.
The Seminar became a supportive space providing additional value to EGPA’s members and Permanent Study Groups in the following ways:
- Enriching academic debates. We feel that the precocious transposition of research work and ideas into English by French-speaking contributors is made at the risk of impoverishing the concepts, homogenizing patterns of thought, and limiting the depth and wealth of debates. The French-Speaking Seminar must become a maturing space for original ideas and concepts that will, once stabilized, come to enrich the debates of EGPA’s PSGs.
- Stimulating and consolidating EGPA’s followership in the French-Speaking world and Romance-language countries. The F2S can function as an area of first contact with researchers and professionals whose command of English is not yet perfected, actively working against language-bound inhibitions. Il must provide a convergence point for colleagues from countries of Napoleonic administrative tradition, as well as considerable numbers of Central- and Eastern-European academics.
- Supporting the enforcement of ties between the academic community and the practitioners of public administration through friendlier language environment.
- Deriving a new stream of publications towards IRAS / RISA and IIAS’ collective books series.
- Complementarity: The sessions and round tables of the F2S are organized in parallel to EGPA’s PSGs.
- Changing topics: Through its evolving themes, the F2S has a potential to reach out to EGPA French-speaking contributors from all areas of public administration, policy, and management.
- Acknowledge and integrate practitioners’ expertise into the debates. The Seminar organizes round tables, panels, and feedbacks from recognized national and European experts.
- Cross-functioning with the other PSGs. F2S does not require a permanent followership. We encourage the parallel presentations of the papers in both English (PSG sessions) and French, on condition both language versions exist. Joint sessions were organized with Anglophone Permanent Study Groups and we also invite them in the future (i.e. 2014 with PSG XIX ‘Public Network Policy and Management’; 2015 with PSG XVII ‘Sociology of the State: Reforms and Resilience’).”
- Linguistic permeability: French and English communications are equally welcomed during F2S. Translation facilities may be arranged, and sessions are organized by bilingual chairs.
- Promote the scientific criteria of the RISA and support publication in journals or collective books.
Networking and partnerships
The Seminar garners the support of the Institute for Public Management and Economic Development (IGPDE) established by the French Ministry of Economy and Finance. As training and research establishment, the IGPDE is a tool for the modernization of public services, promoting innovative management tools and economic culture to French civil servants and beyond (seminars for best-practice diffusion, international conferences, professional colloquia, study groups, specialized workshops).
IGPDE is part to F2S scientific committee and co-organizes the Seminar’s round table.
It enhances the Seminar’s output through publication aids, and contributes to the reunion of academics and European civil servants thanks to its national and international professional networks.
List of Round Tables co-organized by IGPDE and EGPA:
2012: “Impacts of citizen feedback and involvement on public decision-making: An international comparison”
Table ronde: «Impacts de la rétroaction des citoyens et leur implication dans la décision publique: une comparaison internationale»
Represented countries:France, Suisse, Luxembourg, Italy
Pays représentés:France, Suisse, Luxembourg, Italie
2013: “When all things ‘new’ jostle the public manager: New technologies, new generations, new public management, and new organizational forms”
Table Ronde : Quand la « nouveauté » percute les managers publics : nouveau management public, nouvelles générations, nouvelles technologies et nouvelles formes organisationnelles
Represented countries: France, Belgium
Pays représentés:France, Belgique
2014: “Management roles for pooling-in and monitoring resources for public sector networks” (with the support of IGPDE)
Table Ronde : « Rôles des managers publics dans la mobilisation et le suivi des ressources au sein des réseaux »
Represented countries: Canada, France
Pays représentés:Canada, France
2015:”Francophonie: A culture and communication medium for public administrations in Europe”
Table Ronde 2 : « “La Francophonie : Culture et cadre des échanges des administrations publiques en Europe”»
Represented countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, France, European Commission
Pays représentés: Belgique, Bulgarie, Canada, France, Commission Européenne
Jean-François ADRIAN, Institut de la Gestion Publique et du Développement Economique, Paris, France.
Annie BARTOLI, professor, Université de Versailles St-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France.
Véronique CHANUT, professor, Université Panthéon-Assas, Paris, France.
Yves EMERY, professor, IDHEAP, Lausanne, Switzerland
Robert FOUCHET, professor, Université d’Aix-Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, France.
Bachir MAZOUZ, professor, ENAP, Québec, Canada.
Martial PASQUIER, professor, IDHEAP, Lausanne, Switzerland
Marius PROFIROIU, professeur, Académie des Études Économiques, Bucharest, Romania.
Jan MATTIJS, professor, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Emil TURC, lecturer, Université d’Aix-Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, France.