EGPA Policy Papers on European Governance

EGPA Policy Paper n. 1

The changed EU governance and administrative reforms in Member States under fiscal stress:

Making the case for learning from similar countries

Edoardo Ongaro

Taking responsibility for practice: the EGPA Policy Papers on European Governance

It is central to the EGPA mission to take responsibility for practice: research and scientific knowledge is also required to have an impact on institutions and society. It is for this reason that EGPA promotes a series of policy papers addressing the key issues of the European Governance and public administration in Europe: The EGPA Policy Papers on European Governance.

Prepared by EGPA scholars (active in the EGPA Permanent Study Groups, in the projects hosted by EGPA, or other EGPA-related venues), the Policy  Papers are discussed with practitioners and policy-makers, on occasion of major events promoted by EGPA or where EGPA representatives are invited, before being published on the EGPA webpage. The EGPA Policy Papers on European Governance aim to constitute a repertoire of reflections on the key issues affecting governance and administration in Europe. Responsibility for the papers lies ultimately with the paper authors.

This paper has been discussed at the meeting of the Directors General and Executives of the Public Administration Departments and Ministries of the twenty-eight EU Member States, held in Athens, 19th June 2014, within the frame of EUPAN, the EU Public Administration Network. Some of the ideas in this paper have also been presented and discussed at the Keynote Policy Symposium ‘Prospects and Challenges for Administrative Reform in Greece’, Hellenic Observatory, European Institute, The London School of Economics and Political Science, London, 11th April 2014. The author is grateful to all the participants for the so highly valuable comments and inputs received.

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