PSG XVII: Sociology of the State: Reforms and Resilience


Aims and Objectives

Established in 2011, the EGPA Permanent Study Group on Sociology of the State: Reforms and Resilience addresses the constant processes of change and continuity, reforms and legacies – “A state without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation”, Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France – so, the co-chairs propose the full title “Sociology of the State: Reforms & Resilience”. They want to underline the common observation that the major changes which affected our states and public administrations during the latest decades considered as the era of NPM have not killed or “hollowed out” our States. The real outcome of these reforms, which proved to be in practice much more differentiated than expected, due to social and cultural contexts must be cautiously assessed by scientists, in a comparative perspective. As a matter of fact, such a cautious perspective opens up the vast and stimulating debate on the degree of resilience of the State as a neo- or post-Weberian institutional apparatus of politico-administrative power.

Such a broader focus of our new Study Group on the State as a core and federative topic, with sociology as a widely open and welcoming common approach, would allow us to develop pragmatically our perspectives along various lines, and to adapt them over time.

Since 2012, the Permanent Study Group theme is: Look at the s(S)tate of Prefects



2011 EGPA Conference – 7-10 Septembre 2011, Bucharest, Romania, Sociology of the State: Reforms and Resilience (call-for-papers)

2012 EGPA Conference – 5-8 September 2012, Bergen, Norway, Look at the s(S)tate of Prefects I (call-for-papers)

2012 Special Seminar – 4 October 2012: Opening Up the Prefectoral Box, Rome, at the Scuola Superiore dell’Amministrazione dell’Interno on the theme:

Opening Up the Prefectoral Box – A Comparative Perspective on Prefects and States in the European Union (Download the programme for information)

2013 EGPA Conference – 11-13 September 2013:  Edinburgh, Scotland – Look at the s(S)tate of Prefects II (call-for-papers)



2014 EGPA Conference – 9-12 September 2014:  Speyer Germany – Look at the s(S)tate of Prefects III (call-for-papers)


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