Welcome message from EGPA President - Prof Edoardo ONGARO

Lausanne 2018

A step forward!

As President of the European Group for Public Administration, I am especially delighted to invite you to join us for the 2018 EGPA Annual Conference in Lausanne (Switzerland)

It will be a great occasion to convene together and to gather European academics and practitioners during three very intense days, hosted by the he Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration (IDHEAP) at the University of Lausanne (UNIL)

This will be also an opportunity for the young European Researchers in public administration to convene during the PhD Symposium that will be held the two days before the Conference opening. Young public administration researchers will have a unique opportunity to share their research experiences, to benefit of the theoretical and methodological recommendations of the Chairs and the invited Speakers. This year, they will also have the opportunity to discuss the EPPA (European Perspectives for Public Administration) project during a plenary session organized by EPPA co-chairs and coordinator: Prof Dr Werner Jann, Prof Dr Geert Bouckaert, and Jana Bertels.


The participants will also have the opportunity to take part to the EPPA I final Conference to be organized on 4-5 September 2018. The EPPA project led by Prof Dr Werner Jann and Prof Dr Geert Bouckaert is a strategic priority of EGPA and addresses the following themes: PA and Futures, PA and Disciplines, PA and Practices, PA and Cultures and the future of EPPA: The Way Forward.


The 22 Permanent Study Groups and the French Speaking Seminar will organise their sessions and special panels.

In close cooperation with the local organising committee, three plenary sessions will be prepared on contemporary topics: Coordination challenges in advanced welfare states, Direct Democracy and the Round table of the French Speaking Seminar.

The 2018 EGPA Conference will be marked by the publication of the EGPA book: Public Administration in Europe – The Contribution of EGPA. This book considers the ways in which public administration (PA) has been studied in Europe over the last forty years, and examines in particular the contribution of EGPA, the European Group for Public Administration, both to the growth of a truly pan-European PA, and to the future of PA in Europe. The book provides a lively reflection on the state of the art of PA both over the past forty years and over the next forty years. It reflects on the consolidation and institutionalisation of EGPA as the European community for the study of PA in Europe, and demonstrates the need for such an IIAS regional group for PA in Europe!

In Lausanne this year, the participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the Swiss Public Administration thanks to the publication of the book entitled: “Swiss Public Administration – Making the State Work Successfully” coordinated for that occasion by our colleagues from IDHEAP/UNIL.


In Lausanne, the participants will enjoy the venue of IDHEAP/UNIL and the wonderful site of Leman Lake surrounded by the mountains.

We look forward to welcoming you in Lausanne and to your active participation to the 2018 EGPA conference!


Prof. Dr. Edoardo Ongaro

EGPA President

Welcome Message of the IIAS Director General

Dear all,

The 2018 conference of the European Group of Public Administration (EGPA) has started in Lausanne, Switzerland, in the high grade facilities of the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration (IDHEAP) /University of Lausanne (UNIL). This conference is crowning a series of very successful IIAS conferences that were held in late June in Tunis (IIAS Congress) and late July in Lima, Peru (IASIA conference).

The EGPA conference is increasingly becoming a global enterprise of PA thought and knowledge sharing and dissemination.  This year’s conference in Lausanne has multiple components that involve different stakeholders:  The EGPA conference itself, the PhD seminar, the EPPA project, ICAPA meetings, etc.

  • The Lausanne conference has only confirmed the tremendous progress in asserting the scientific leadership of EGPA in the European PA scene.  Maintaining an attendance level of approximately 500 participants with 400+ papers and presentations, EGPA conference has become the mecca of public administration events in Europe.  With an acceptance rate of 83% and an attendance rate of 71%, EGPA conference has steadily improved the quality of papers presented.  Leading journal editors, including Public Administration Research (PAR), IIAS’s own International Review of Administration Sciences (IRAS), as well as book editors like PalgraveMcMillan/Springer, Sage, IOS Press, and Edward Elgar Publishing never miss a GEAP conference to hunt for the latest intellectual contributions of EGPA conference participants.  
  • EPPA (European Perspectives for Public Administration) and other projects are further strengthening the scientific prowess of EGPA and IIAS.  This year’s EPPA event at the beginning of the EGPA conference has further positioned EGPA at the forefront of European strategic PA thought.  Led by Profs. Geert Bouckaert, Werner Jann with the support of Jana Bertels, the project is now entrusted to EGPA to carry the thinking forward.
  • The EGPAAGPA (Asian Group of Public Administration) dialogue is at its third edition and will be further developed next year to give it more prominence;
  • The PhD seminar is ever more successful, under the masterful leadership of Prof. Eckhard Schroeter, Emeritus Professor Christoph Reichard and Prof. Sophie Weerts.  This year, 24 PhD candidates will take part to this symposium.
  • With a view of further integrating and developing young talent into its network, a new service/event is planned for February 2019, “The IIAS Academy for Research & Professional Development.”  Its objective is to bring together young scholars and professionals for capacity development in research funding, networking, collaborative research, and career development opportunities.  It is likely that it will be primarily European at the beginning but will be quickly expanded become truly international in subsequent years.
  • The statutory meetings that are traditionally held in February or March will be combined with a “Governance Week” event to be held at the end of January 2019 (January 28thFebruary 1st).  The idea is to enhance the visibility of IIAS entities in Brussels and harness the presence of world class scholars and public figures to hold a public event on global public governance.  Moreover, special sessions will be dedicated to mingling between IIAS entities.  The 3 entities, IIAS, IASIA and EGPA will still hold their statutory meetings during that period.
  • Next year’s EGPA conference will be held in Belfast, Northern Ireland. We have already started planning for it and meetings are planned with Prof. Muiris McCarthy, from Queen’s University, Head of the local organization. We already have potential candidates for the 2020 conference and beyond.

In conclusion, I would like to address my most sincere thanks to UNIL & IDHEAP, especially Andreas Ladner, Dhouha Steiner, and their orange crew for the exemplary collaboration in staging this event.  Great thanks to Edoardo Ongaro, EGPA President for his support and positive involvement in shaping the program, the EPPA project team, Geert Bouckaert, Werner Jann and Jana Bertels, for enriching this year’s program; PhD Symposium facilitators Profs. Eckhart Schroeter, Christophe Reichard, and Sophie Weerts; our keynote speaker, Prof. Bas Denter; all our Study Groups’  Chairs, paper presenters and participants. Last but not least, special thanks to the IIAS Secretariat team led by Dr. Fabienne Maron, for continuing the tradition of successful EGPA conferences.

Special thoughts to IIAS and EGPA deceased, Ignace Snellen, Christopher Pollitt, and David Farnham. May their souls rest in peace. 



IIAS Director General

Welcome Message – Prof Dr Andreas Ladner, IDHEAP – Chair of the Local Organising Committee

The Swiss Graduate Institute of Public Administration (IDHEAP) is proud to host this year’s annual EGPA conference and its PhD symposium as well as the EPPA final conference. We consider that is a great honour to have the opportunity to organize this prestigious event, and we are looking forward to promising presentations and encounters.

The IDHEAP, founded in 1981, has constantly increased its importance in Public Administration. Today it is one of the leading institutes of the country. Since 2014, the IDHEAP is part of the Faculty of Law, Criminal Justice and Public Administration at the University of Lausanne. Its missions to improve the quality of the civil service and the tasks provided by the public sector are threefold: teaching, research and expertise for authorities and civil society.

To make state work successfully is not only the leading questioning of our efforts, it is also the overarching topic of this year’s event. In a fast changing society, knowledge is key. Research, teaching and advice have to rely on solid theoretical grounds, have to be empirically tested, and prove their usefulness when they are applied.

Such conferences are an excellent opportunity to share knowledge and experiences, and to learn from each other. There are things to be copied and things to be avoided. However, conferences are not only an excellent opportunity to meet colleagues and to discover the latest scientific achievements; they also offer the possibility to visit a city or a country you are most probably a little bit less familiar. Since time is short, you often leave the venue with a number of questions about the host country and the way it is organized.

In order spare you this kind of irritation, we prepared a little book. The title of the book is “Swiss Public Administration – Making the State Work Successfully” (you can access it openly under www.springer.com/de/book/9783319923802). The book is about everything you always wanted to know about Swiss Public Administration (but were afraid to ask). It tells you why the Swiss administration became what it is today, about how it is organized and managed; it addresses legal and financial aspects, and presents some of the major policies in more detail. The participants of the Conference will receive a copy of the book!

We do not claim that the Swiss systems work better than others do, neither that it does not need improvement, on the contrary. From various studies, however, we know that the Swiss political institutions enjoy a high degree of legitimacy, citizens trust their authorities, and are highly satisfied with the facilities and services offered by the public sector.

We hope that you will enjoy the conference, and that EGPA 2018 at the IDHEAP in Lausanne becomes a fruitful and enriching experience you always want to remember.

Andreas Ladner
Director of the IDHEAP
Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Law,
 Criminal Justice and Public Administration