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Trans-European dialogue TED2022 Conference

Bureaucratic Transformations: Longitudinal Perspectives on Local and (Supra) National Public Administration

The Trans-European Dialogue (TED) is a scholarly conference organized jointly by the two key professional associations of Public Administration 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). It aims to bring together scholars from different regions, thus facilitating interchange and discussion across Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus (which also belongs to NISPAcee’s area).

Bryggen, Bergen
Erik Veland


The TED2022 conference focuses on bureaucratic transformations. Public administrations at different levels of government across all European countries have had to deal with economic crises (e.g., European debt crisis), global health emergencies (e.g., Covid-19 pandemic), environmental disasters (e.g., forest fires and floods) or large-scale terrorist attacks (e.g., Paris, Brussels, Utøya) over the last decade. Such major disruptive events draw attention to the distinctly temporal dimensions of public sector organizing, and raise key questions about the temporal dynamics and transformations of public organizations – and their staff – at the supranational, national and local levels of government. Participants of TED2022 address whether and, if so, how internal and external shifts in bureaucrats’ environment affect the functioning and performance of public administrations, test the resilience of their current practices and organizational forms, as well as impact upon civil servants’ behavioural roles and practices.

The conference will be organized using a hybrid format whereby participants can either join us in person in Bergen or participate digitally through Zoom (digital participants will receive a Zoom link upon payment of the registration fee).

Programme topics
Session 1: Administrative reforms: How do bureaucrats react to shifts in their organizational environment?
- Keynote speaker: Hussein Kassim (University of East Anglia)
- Theme: While a vast academic literature studies public sector reform strategies and consequences, this session shifts attention to the impact of such reforms on staff attitudes as well as civil servants’ opinions about public sector reforms.

Session 2: Public administration in crisis: Perfect time to change the tune?
- Keynote speaker: Vitalis Nakrošis (Vilnius University)
- Theme: This session examines whether, when and how major disruptive events call for new governance solutions, new forms of public administration leadership, and/or new forms of organizing public service delivery.

Session 3: Time and leadership: What do we know about administrative leadership in and for an uncertain time?
- Keynote speaker: Katarina Staroňová (Comenius University Bratislava)
- Theme: Top-level bureaucratic leaders play an important role in times of change, and this session assesses when and how they can develop of new mental models of the organization and cultivate external supporting mechanisms for legitimacy.

Session 4: Bureaucrats as (quasi)politicians?
- Keynote speaker: Kenneth J. Meier (American University)
- Theme: In this session, we discuss the political representation of civil servants from both empirical and normative perspectives, with central issues for discussion including eligibility rules, patronage, the politicization of the bureaucracy, and the rise of technopopulism.

Session 5: Lobbying (of) bureaucracies: Who lobbies whom, how and why?
- Keynote speaker: Cristina Corduneaunu-Huci (Central European University Vienna)
- Theme: As policy-makers often depend on lobbyists for information and revolving doors may blur lines between lobbyists and policy-makers, this session discusses the critical question who lobbies whom, how and why?

Session 6: Studying bureaucrats over time: Temporal dynamics and longitudinal research designs in public administration
- Keynote speaker: Muiris MacCarthaigh (Queen’s University Belfast)
- Theme: This session deals with the importance of developing new methodological tools and approaches that can help improve our understanding of individual- as well as organization-level temporal dynamics in public administration research.

Useful information
- Application deadline: 31 December 2021. The online application portal is now closed!
- Deadline for registration to TED2022: 23 January 2022
- Registration fee (incl. 25% VAT): 87,5€/895NOK (digital) - 167,5€/1655NOK (in person; two lunches and social event included)

Organizing committee
Local organizers
Zuzana Murdoch, professor at Department of Administration and Organization Theory, University of Bergen.
Lise H. Rykkja, head of Department of Administration and Organization Theory, University of Bergen

Gyorgy Hajnal, Immediate Past President of NISPAcee
Katarina Staroňová, NISPAcee member

Jean-Michel Eymeri-Douzans, President of EGPA
Dr.Fabienne Maron, EGPA Executive Secretary


TED Partners
TED Partners