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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 regional group of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS). EGPA provides a major contribution to IIAS 'mission: to develop public administration and public service at European and global level. The EGPA aims to be the European platform for public administration by bringing together academics and practitioners. EGPA contributes to the development of science and research (‘PA as Science’) in public administration through its 22 Permanent Study Groups and its specialized seminars on relevant contemporary themes. GEAP also contributes to the development of the profession ('art and craft') by providing a unique platform for exchanging best practices that support the work of public administrations and practitioners. More: link


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
TED9 Ljubljana, Slovenia “Openness, Transparency and Ethics in Public Administration: Do they Support Each Other?� 4-5 Feb 2016

The last TED – TED 10

Date: 1-2 February 2018
Venue: University of Portsmouth, Portland Street, Richmond Building, Room 1.15, Portsmouth, UK PO1 3DE

Theme: The Study and Practice of Public Administration in Europe

The Faculty of Business and Law hosted eminent scholars, from universities across Europe, for the tenth Trans-European Dialogue (TED). The Dialogue was co-convened by Prof. Karen Johnston (University of Portsmouth) and Prof. Gyorgy Hajnal (Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary). The dialogue took place 1-2 February 2018 to discuss pertinent and topical issues facing Europe in the field of public administration and public management across Europe. The dialogue was a high-level, focused discussion that brought together senior academics and practitioners. 2018 TED focused on The Study and Practice of Public Administration in Europe.

The distinguished guests included: Ministerial Advisor Johanna Nurmi (Ministry of Finance, Finland); Prof. Sabine Kuhlmann (University of Potsdam, Germany and Coordinator of COST Action LocRef : Local Public Sector Reforms: An International Comparison.  ), Prof. Calin Hintea (Babeş-Bolyai University, Dean, Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences · Cluj-Napoca, Romania and advisor to the Prime Minister), Dr. Sarah Cooper (Chair of Public Policy and Administration of the PSA), Prof. Joyce Liddle (Chair of the JUC), and Dr. Muiris MacCarthaigh (Queen’s University Belfast, Ambassador of Belfast). There were also a number of journal editors in attendance: Prof. Andrew Massey (Editor in Chief of the International Review of Administrative Sciences and Public Money & Management); Professors Edoardo Ongaro and Claire Dunlop (Editors of Public Policy and Administration); and John Diamond and Catherine Farrell (Editors Teaching Public Administration).

The TED, is a biennial dialogue, organized under the auspices of the two prominent learned societies in Europe: the European Group for Public Administration (EGPA), and the Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe (NISPAcee). EGPA has scientific status with the European Commission and is the regional branch of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS). The main objectives of EGPA are: Advancing knowledge in public administration, developing a thriving community for the study and the practice of public administration. IIAS is headquartered in Brussels and has scientific status with the UN. The President of EGPA, Prof. Edoardo Ongaro and the Director General of IIAS, Dr. Sofiane Sahraoui, were in attendance at the Dialogue. NISPAcee facilitates research, educational and training activities among academics and practitioners in Central and Eastern Europe. NISPAcee’ s core activities are to promote the development of public administration disciplines and training programmes in post-Communist countries. President of NISPAcee Prof. Juraj Nemec was also in attendance.

The Dialogue discussed critical questions and challenges posed by a changing political and socio-economic landscape (e.g. Brexit; the rise of populist political leadership, austerity, digital economy, ethical governance, accountabilities, etc.); the areas of current and future research to provide answers to policy practitioners and create impact; the status of taught public administration programmes to provide students, as future practitioners, with knowledge and skills capacity to address increasingly complex, societal challenges. Dr. Sylvia Horton provided a reflection of the field over her 50 years of teaching and research public administration.

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