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Introduction: The Past and the Future of a Community at the Heart of the Administrative Sciences

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Public Administration in Europe

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The chapter argues that there are functional, cultural and institutional reasons that underpin the significance of a regional group for public administration (PA), like EGPA—the European Group for Public Administration. The chapter delves into the continued and even stronger today than ever rationale for establishing a platform for researching and studying PA at an ‘intermediate level of governance’ between the national and the global levels. The argument worked out in this chapter represents a common thread throughout the book, where the various chapters point at different facets of this underlying major claim and provide further evidence for it. The chapter then concludes with an overview of the book Public Administration in Europe: The Contribution of EGPA.

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Notes

  1. 1.

    EGPA is equally known by its French name and acronym: Groupe Européen pour l’Administration Publique (GEAP).

  2. 2.

    We here define ‘region’ as a part of the world composed by at least two countries—in our case many more, as EGPA stretches throughout the entirety of Europe.

  3. 3.

    It is interesting to this regard to look at the minutes of the meetings that lead to the setting up of EGPA, mentioned in a subsequent chapter, as they perfectly resonate with this argument, showing its enduring validity.

  4. 4.

    This argument is further developed in Ongaro and Van Thiel (2018).

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Ongaro, E. (2019). Introduction: The Past and the Future of a Community at the Heart of the Administrative Sciences. In: Ongaro, E. (eds) Public Administration in Europe. Governance and Public Management. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-92856-2_1

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