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The EGPA Annual Conference is at the core of the EGPA workings. The EGPA Conference is hosted each year in a different European Country. At this occasion, all the EGPA Study Groups organise sessions. The EGPA Conference is preceded by the 2 days PhD Symposium. The French Speaking Seminar also convene at this occasion

ANNUAL CONFERENCES – list of previous conferences

Year Venue/Country Theme or Conference title
1975 Warsaw (Poland) The Responsibility of Civil Servants (1)
1976 Tampere (Finland) Administrative Reform in Central Government (2)
1978 Paris (France) Forecasting in Government and Administration (3)
1979 Palermo (Italy) Regional Industrial Development: Centralisation or Decentralisation (4)
1981 Veszprem (Hungary) Consultative Mechanisms in Central Government (5)
1982 The Hague (The Netherlands) Training and Education in Public Administration (6)
1984 Dublin (Ireland) Policy Implementation, with Special Reference to Agriculture (7)
1985 Leuven (Belgium) Policy Making: Politics and the Public Service (8)
1986 Copenhagen (Denmark) Current Trends in Public Administration (9)
1987 Valencia (Spain) Public Administration in Times of Scarce Resources (10)
1988 Leuven (Belgium) Workshop on Austerity and Productivity in Public Management (11)
1989 Chester (UK) The Role of Regulatory Bodies (12)
1991 The Hague (The Netherlands) The Information in Public Administration (13)
1992 Pisa (Italy) Administrative Implications of the European Integration (14)
1993 Strasbourg (France) Open Public Administration (15)
1994 Bad Tatzmannsdorf (Austria) Evaluation and Perspectives in Public Administration Cooperation. Between East, Central and West European Countries (16)
1995 Rotterdam (The Netherlands) Public Management and Administrative Modernisation (17)
1996 Budapest (Hungary) New Trends in Public Administration and Public Law (18)
1997 Leuven (Belgium) Ethics and Accountability in the Context of Governance And New Public Management (19)
1998 Paris (France) Re-inventing the Citizen in a Context of Governance: Alternative European Models (20)
1999 Cape Sounion (Greece) Delivery and Managing Justice in the 21st Century (21)
2000 Glasgow (Scotland) Managing Parliaments in the 21st Century (22)
2001 Vaasa (Finland) Governing Networks (23)
2002 Potsdam (Germany) The European Administrative Space: Governance in Diversity (24)
2003 Oieras (Portugal) Public Law and the Modernising State (25)
2004 Ljubljana (Slovenia) Four Months After: Administering the New Europe (26)
2005 Bern (Switzerland) Reforming the Public Sector: What about the citizens? (27)
2006 Milano (Italy) Public Manager under Pressure: between politics, professionalism and civil society (28)
2007 Madrid (Spain) Public Administration and the Management of Diversity (29)
2008 Rotterdam (The Netherlands) Innovation in Public Sector (30)
2009 St Julian's (Malta) The Public Service : Service Delivery in Information Age (31)
2010 Toulouse (France) 32nd EGPA Annual Conference PhD Symposium Meeting of EGPA Permanent Study Groups
2011 Bucharest (Romania) 2011 EGPA Annual Conference PhD Symposium Meeting of EGPA Permanent Study Groups French Speaking Seminar
2012 Bergen (Norway) 2012 EGPA Annual Conference PhD Symposium Meeting of EGPA Permanent Study Groups French Speaking Seminar
2013 Edinburgh (Scotland) 2013 EGPA Annual Conference PhD Symposium Meeting of EGPA Permanent Study Groups French Speaking Seminar with IGPDE
2014 Speyer (Germany) 2014 EGPA Annual Conference PhD Symposium Meeting of EGPA Permanent Study Groups French Speaking Seminar with IGPDE
2015 Toulouse (France) 2015 EGPA Annual Conference PhD Symposium Meeting of EGPA Permanent Study Groups French Speaking Seminar with IGPDE
2016 Utrecht (The Netherlands) 2016 EGPA Annual Conference PhD Symposium Meeting of EGPA Permanent Study Groups French Speaking Seminar with IGPDE
2017 Milano (Italy) 2017 EGPA Annual Conference PhD Symposium Meeting of EGPA Permanent Study Groups French Speaking Seminar with IGPDE


2017 EGPA Conference – Milano - 30 August 2017 to 1st September 2017

The 2017 EGPA Conference took place in Milano (Bovisa) from 30 August 2017 to 1st September 2017 and was preceded by the EGPA PhD Symposium –on August, 28-29.

The 2017 EGPA Conference was organised in close cooperation with Politecnico di Milano.


The President of the Italian Republic, Honourable Professor Sergio Mattarella, conferred a Medal as Prize of Representation for its outstanding scientific merits to the Annual Conference 2017 of EGPA. The EGPA President and EGPA community were most grateful to the President and enthusiastic at this most welcome recognition, a testimony to the great commitment, professionalism and passion which inspires the works of the entire EGPA community. The 22 EGPA Permanent Study Groups convened at this occasion.

We received more than 600 proposals and abstracts for the different permanent study groups and seminars. More than 542 participants from 48 countries attended the different sessions organised by the 22 EGPA permanent study groups’ co-chairs and seminars’ co-convenors.

The 2017 EGPA Annual Conference has brought together a large community of researchers, experts, academics and practitioners around key issues for the study and the improvement of Public Administration in Europe.

The pre-conference PhD Symposium was coordinated by Prof Eckhard Schroeter, Prof Christoph Reichard and Prof Emanuele Lettieri. 29 PhD Students and young researchers attended the Symposium and presented their research and papers.

The programme was articulated around plenary sessions and parallel sessions. The parallel sessions were organised on the following tracks:  Analysis of Public Administration and Policy, Management of Financial and Human Resources and Innovation in Public Sector and Health Care Organizations. Three plenary sessions were organised as follow: I. Introduction to the Symposium methodology; II. How to Build an International Career and Pursue International Research Agendas; III. Panel on publication strategies, career development & academic community building.

We also organised a joint AGPA-EGPA Seminar prior to the Annual Conference on the theme: the theme of Human Resources Management and Personnel Policies in Asia and Europe The participants addressed the following topics:

  • the cultural differences regarding HRM practices between Western and Asian countries
  • public service motivation under a comparative perspective
  • n terms of organizational performance (organizational efficiency and efficacy) do HRM practices really matter?

The French Speaking Seminar focused on the theme: “Turnarounds, turnarounds everywhere! Public management in times of political changeovers and volatile public opinions?. A round table with IGPDE was organised on this same theme. We organised plenary sessions around the theme of “Big Data’

At the opening ceremony, Prof Ines Mergel (University of Konstanz) presented a keynote speech on: Big Data in Public Affairs and her presentation was discussed by Prof Frank Bannister (Trinity College).

Ines Mergel provided the participants with an overview of the types of data considered as part of the big data deluge, the type of analyses that can be done with big data, organizational units in the public sector that are conducting data science, and then provided three examples from her own research. She also talked about the challenges and open research questions for public administration as a field.

Frank Bannister, co-chair of the EGPA Permanent Study Group I on e-Government, gave a response to Ines Mergel and presented some arguments on this important question: Big Data. A lively discussion followed. Two parallel plenary sessions were organised on key topics:

  • A first session on Big data with a presentation by Prof Patrick Dunleavy (London School of Economics) on Digital change, modern bureaucracy and big data.
  • His presentation was articulated around four key elements:
    • Public bureaucracies rapidly differentiated, yet they all handled information via ‘bureaucratic reductionism’
    • Digital changes now pose an existential threat to this organizational paradigm
    • Digital changes now have unprecedented salience for all public management
    • ‘Big data’ pushes new ‘intelligent centre/ devolved delivery’ structures and a ‘robotic’ state

Prof. Albert Meijer (Utrecht University), co-chair of the EGPA Permanent Study Group I on e-Government, discussed Professor Dunleavy presentation and presented a note on Government as a Platform.

A second session on Co-production with a presentation by Prof Stephen Osborne (University of Edinburgh) on Delivering public services: adding value to citizens through co-production? Stephen Osborne presented arguments around adding value to citizens through co-production amongst other:

  • Meet the social or economic needs of citizens/communities
  • Improve the quality of their life experience
  • Create capacity for citizens/communities to change in the future
  • Make Scotland a ‘’better’ society

He underlined that Public Service Organisations only facilitate value creation - value is only created by citizens and service users Prof. Elio Borgonovi (Bocconi University), Co-chair of the EGPA Study Group XX on Welfare State Governance and Professionalism, discussed his presentation and underlined several elements on : Delivering public services: adding value to citizens and made interesting conclusive remarks on the relevance of the concept of public value in service delivery:

  • Is a way to create a better power balance/sharing among four stakeholders: politicians, public managers, individual citizens, communities
  • Is a way to balance individual interest and community/common interest
  • Is a way to regenerate the representative democracy in Western countries
  • Is connected to new technologies perspective
  • Is a dimension of sharing economy
  • Is an intellectual challenge to promote the shift from «management as knowledge, competences and skills to do things in the right way» to «management as knowledge, competences and skills to do the right thing (value for all) in the right way»

In 2017, several Permanent Study Groups organised special panels as:

  • Special Session PSG XI: Strategic Management in Government: Special Issue of Public Money and Management
  • A discussion panel of PSG XIII: Public Policies on the theme: Public Policies and Inequality: Is it getting any better?
  • Joint Panel PSG XIV: EU Administration and Multi-Level Governance and PSG XVII: Sociology of State – Reform and Resilience
  • Author Meets Critic – Didier Georgakakis - The EU’s Civil Service in (Times of) Crisis – A Political Sociology of Changing Power of Eurocrats
  • Joint Session of the PSG 4 and PSG 5: Innovations in Multilevel governance and intergovernmental relation
  • Other panels and joint sessions were also organised

The 2017 EGPA Conference was a good opportunity to demonstrate that EGPA is the regional platform of IIAS for advancing knowledge in public administration, developing a thriving community for the study and the practice of public administration in Europe and beyond.


The 2018 EGPA Conference will be held in Lausanne from 5-7 September 2018 and will be preceded by the EGPA PhD Symposium on 3-4 September 2018 and by EPPA I Final Conference on 4-5 September 2018. The 2018 EGPA Conference is organized in close cooperation with IDHEAP –UNIL (Lausanne). More information on the Conference website: link

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