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Trans-European Dialogue - TED 2022 Conference

24-25 February 2022, Bergen, Norway.

Bureaucratic Transformations: Longitudinal Perspectives on Local and (Supra)National Public Administration

Main topics of the TED2022 Conference:

  • Administrative reforms: How do bureaucrats react to shifts in their organizational environment?
  • Public administration in crisis: Perfect time to change the tune?
  • Time and leadership: What do we know about administrative leadership in and for an uncertain time?
  • Bureaucrats as (quasi)politicians?
  • Lobbying (of) bureaucracies: Who lobbies whom, how and why?
  • Studying bureaucrats over time: Temporal dynamics and longitudinal research designs in public administration

Important deadlines and information:

  • Deadline for contribution proposals (research papers and/or policy briefs): Extended deadline: December 31, 2021
  • Date of notification of participation: January 9, 2022
  • Deadline for submission of final contributions (research papers and/or policy briefs): 23 January 2022
  • Deadline for registration to TED2022: 23 January 2022

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Origins and Description :

The idea of a European Administrative Space has been developed and used to describe a common core of shared values, principles and administrative capacities that is expected of and assumed for European administrations. The European Administrative Space is therefore a concept largely dealing with and concerned with administrative organizations and landscapes within the European Union. The discussion on the emergence and development of a European Administrative Space has been raising the idea of “convergence of a common European model? (Olsen 2003: 506). While in the meantime the idea of convergence has been refined and adapted to more diverse and differentiated perspectives (Trondal and Peters 2013), the core interest on questions of if and how to influence and shape European administrations, and based on what kind of reference values, has remained of core relevance. With the Eastern enlargement, the reference frame for the European Administrative Space could not only span the Western European countries, but had to include also Central and (parts of) Eastern Europe. Along came special challenges and perspectives for the discussion of the European Administrative Space with established Western democratic, industrialized nations on the one side, and former communist countries that had to undertake democratic institution building, on the other side.

As two main professional organizations in the field of Public Administration, EGPA and the Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe (NISPAcee) were natural addressees of such discussions. They have been committed to make their contribution to understanding, creating and institutionalizing the European Administrative Space. NISPAcee was established in direct response to the fall of the Soviet Union as networking platform for the newly created schools and programmes in Public Administration and to promote Public Administration teaching and research in the former communist countries (Gajdosova 2010: 51). The region covered by NISPAcee makes it unique among existing associations active exclusively in the CEE region and former Soviet states. EGPA’s mission has historically been to strengthen contacts and exchanges among European specialists in Public Administration, both scholars and practitioners. In line with this mission, its engagement and contribution would aim at activities and efforts to better connect a variety of European administrative traditions. With regard to the European Administrative Space, the challenge and task is to enable getting to know one’s European neighbours, their administrative systems and cultures. This would ultimately serve the Europe-wide discussion by better understanding each other’s history, institutions and values. The TEDs are jointly organised by two leading learned societies in Europe: EGPA and NISPAcee.

Learned Society Partners


European Group for Public Administration

The European Group for Public Administration (EGPA) is the leading learned society in the field of administrative sciences on the European continent, and a regional group of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS).

EGPA supports the development of the IIAS and makes a major contribution to the achievement of the Institute's mission to develop public administration and public service worldwide.

EGPA aims to become the European Platform for Public Administration, involving specialist researchers as well as practitioners.

EGPA contributes to the development of science and research in public administration through its 23 Permanent Study Groups and its specialized seminars on relevant contemporary themes. EGPA also contributes to the development of the profession by providing a unique platform for exchanging best practices that support the work of public administrations and practitioners


The Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe

NISPAcee originated from the genuine effort of people and institutions from the region to share the knowledge and skills and unite the effort to cope with present and future challenges in the field. We believe that thorough and appropriate identification of the present and prospective needs of member institutions along with the effective means of their satisfaction is the most crucial element of the success of our organisation. That is why we accept this mission statement in order to identify, steer and orientate our future activities within the next three to five years. more: link

TEDs: List of previous TEDs

TEDs Place Topic Date
TED1 Tallinn, Estonia “Towards the Neo-Weberian State? Europe and Beyond? 30-31 Jan 2008
TED2 Helsinki, Finland “Citizens vs. Customers? 6-7 July 2009
TED3 Ljubljana, Slovenia “Public Management Reforms Now and in the Future: Does Technology Matter? 11-12 Feb 2010
TED4 Vienna, Austria “Law and Public Administration Revisited? 9-11 Feb 2011
TED5 Budapest, Hungary “The Politics of Agency Governance? 1-3 Feb 2012
TED6 Potsdam, Germany “Education and Training in the European Public Sector? 6-8 Feb 2013
TED7 Cluj-Napoca, Romania „Strong Local Governments: Community, Strategy, Integration“ 6-7 Feb 2014
TED8 Milan,Italy “Towards Meaningful Measurement: Performance Management at the Crossroads of Internal Efficiency and Social Impacts? 5-6 Feb 2015
TED9 Ljubljana, Slovenia “Openness, Transparency and Ethics in Public Administration: Do they Support Each Other? 4-5 Feb 2016
TED10 Portsmouth, United Kingdom The Study and Practice of Public Administration in Europe 1-2 February 2018

NEXT TED 11 - 2020

Bratislava, Slovakia
12–13 February 2020
Politics of Bureaucracy: Roles of Top Public Officials in Turbulent Times More information and registration at: http://www.ted2020.eu/

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