Lausanne, Switzerland, 5-7 September, 2018
Total Number of participants: 484
Countries represented: 43
TOP 5 Countries
The 2018 EGPA CONFERENCE took place in Lausanne, Switzerland on 5-7 September and was preceded by EGPA PhD Symposium on 3-4 September and by EPPA Final Conference on 4- 5 September.
The 2018 EGPA Conference was organized by EGPA in close cooperation with the IDHEAP, the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration/UNIL.
More than 483 participants from 42 countries participated to the sessions organised by the 22 permanent study groups and seminars. More than 390 papers were presented on this occasion
The EGPA PhD Symposium preceded the EGPA Conference on 3-4 September.
The opening session and the Keynote Speech: Swiss public administration: passé or path-breaking?
During the opening session of the 2018 EGPA Conference, Prof. Bas Denters made a presentation on Swiss public administration: passé or path breaking? With a touch of humour, Bas Denters provided the participants with his views on the Swiss model and its paradoxes. He also compared the Swiss and the Dutch PA models and emphasised some key perspectives for the future. His presentation was followed by comments made by Prof Sabine Kuhlmann, EGPA Vice President and Co-chair of the EGPA Study Group V on Regional and Local Government
Parallel sessions of the 22 EGPA Permanent Study Groups
The 22 EGPA Permanent Study Groups convened on the occasion of the 2018 EGPA Conference within the annual study group meeting.
All the study groups’ co-chairs prepared a stimulating programme for the different sessions of the Conference. Several joint sessions were also organised to underline the cross-cutting topics at the top of the European Agenda.
French Speaking Seminar
The Seminar provided a unique opportunity for debates in French within EGPA’s annual conference. This year, the French Speaking Seminar addressed the theme of Stability and instability of the environment of public affairs: Impacts on service quality and innovation
2018 EGPA Conference - Plenary Sessions
On Thursday, 6 September 2018, three plenary sessions were organised and addressed key themes and issues related to PA role in contemporary challenges for our societies.
Plenary Session 1: Coordination challenges in advanced welfare states
The panel started with two introductory notes on coordination challenges in recent welfare state governance. Tanja Klenk focused on horizontal coordination; taking the Swiss welfare state as an example, Giuliano Bonoli talked about federalism as a coordination challenge for advanced welfare states.
Together with the chairs of the permanent study group on Welfare State Governance and Professionalism, the participants discussed innovative coordination mechanisms for an integrated service delivery.
Plenary Session 2: Direct Democracy
In this panel, participants discussed the downfalls and opportunities of giving citizens the possibility to decide on political issues. On the one side, this may lead to decisions, which are not acceptable for the political elite and support claims of populists, on the other side, it can increase the legitimacy of a political system and has a positive impact on political participation or citizens’ satisfaction with public services.
The panel started with an introductory note on direct democracy in Switzerland on both the national and the local level. Andreas Gross, a former member of the Swiss Parliament and the Council of Europe, talked about his experiences while using the means of direct democracy (for example to abolish the Swiss army) and promoting them around the world
Plenary Session 3: The Round Table of the French Speaking Seminar organised with the support of the Institute for public management and economic development (IGPDE), French Ministries of Economy and Finance, and the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration (IDHEAP), was dedicated to the theme of: Enablers of innovation in public organizations: Feedbacks from senior civil servants in Swiss and French administrations
2018 EGPA Conference: A step forward …
The EGPA Conference was also a great opportunity to share knowledge, publications and perspectives for the Future.