|February 2017||April 2017||May 2017||May - June 2017||August 2017||September 2017||November 2017||December 2017|
|EPPA Seminars||14-15 September: EPPA Seminar "The many Disciplines of Public Administration", Potsdam||14-15 December: EPPA Seminar "Cultures, Diversity, and Public Administration", Leuven|
|Conference contributions and activities||27 February: EGPA Steering Committee, Brussels||5-8 April: EPPA session at the EGPA-ASPA Transatlantic Dialogue (TAD), Florida||23-24 May: FoJus, Potsdam||30 May - 2 June: IIAS World Congress 2017, Aix/Marseille||28 August - 1 September: EGPA Annual Conference, Politecnico, Milan|
TAD website see more: http://ta-dialogues.org/
IIAS World Congress Session European Perspectives for Public Administration (EPPA)
In this session, the EPPA project will introduce its agenda and vision to the 'World'-community of Administrative Sciences. In line with major initiatives within the US Public Administration community to periodically reflect about the academic field of researching and teaching Public Administration, the European PA community is organising a similar effort to debate its future directions. In this session we want to present the initiative and discuss it with colleagues from around the world.
Our basic question is how we will and should deal with the changing role of public administrations and the public sector. Our aims are
• to define the future role of Public Administration (as a discipline and profession),
• to take the world and different cultures into account,
• to guarantee the practical relevance of Public Administration,
• and to take multidisciplinarity seriously.
EPPA will present the findings from an internet-based survey amongst European Public Administration scholars about how colleagues and peers see the most important challenges, but also the most important developments in the field of Public Administration. One of these challenges starts with the observation that diversity and cultures are an increasingly major feature of societies with a great impact on how to administer and govern our public policies and organisations. The concern that diversity and these cultural features should be taken more into account is even more pressing than ever in times of the migration crisis.
Plenary Session - Closing Ceremony: Update about the European Perspective for Public Administration (EPPA) Project by Geert Bouckaert and Werner Jann
The many Disciplines of Public Administration
The EPPA-seminar 'The many Disciplines of Public Administration' sheds light on the relationship of different social science disciplines to Public Administration, both as an academic field and as an object of teaching and research. In the seminar, EPPA aims to discuss the more or less problematic linkages between the major disciplines that constitute the field of Public Administration. Key questions are how disciplines such as political sciences, management sciences, law, economics, are dialoguing, sharing, collaborating (or not) with/within PA. How could this result in increasing and stronger synergies to produce relevant knowledge to understand the functioning of the field of public policies and administration: What can we learn and how can we cooperate across the established disciplinary boundaries, which seem to become ever more imperative and impregnable? From a thematic point of view, there will be a focus on relationships between ´PA and Political Science´, ´PA and Management´, ´PA and Administrative Law´, and ´PA and Public Policy´, ´PA and Sociology´ and ´PA and ICT/eGov/Digitalization´.
We gratefully acknowledge the funding of the Anneliese-Maier Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
EPPA Seminar “Cultures, Diversity and Public Administration”
The aim of the seminar is to demonstrate that cultures and diversity in the European scene is getting more relevant. The question is how we map the increase of change and relevance, and how this affects the multidisciplinary field of PA for the future.
The Logic of the “Cultures, Diverstiy and Public Administration”- Seminar
From a thematic point of view there will be a focus on the following elements:
First, Setting the Scene: what is Happening and going to happen? It is important to map cultures and diversities, now and in the future and to show ‘Facts and figures’ on the shifts which are happening. This may include languages and language policies in countries (national and non-national languages), migrations, multicultural administrations (e.g. the European Commission).
Second: theories and models in PA taking (or not) culture and diversity into account. How and to what extent is PA-research positioning itself vis-à-vis Languages, Religion, (Legal) Traditions, … Also, about policies in heterogeneous communities: what about effective policies in culturally diverse communities in a country. Also, how does recent multicultural organizational theory look like (national and international organisations).
Third: What about PA Country Clusters in research. How do clusters look like, are they changing? What are research strategies to explain differences based on types of Clusters. How does this affect research strategies of ‘Most Different Research Design’
Contacts for further questions:
Bertels, Jana | Project Coordinator | University of Potsdam | Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bouckaert, Geert | KU Leuven | Mail: email@example.com
Jann, Werner | University of Potsdam | Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org