SEPTEMBER 2019: Call for papers: EGPA Annual Conference
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9/11/2019 to 9/13/2019
When: Wednesday, September 11, 2019

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Conference of the European group of public administration

Study Group VIII: ‘Civil Society, Citizens, and Government’


Focus: the future of the relationship between civil society and government


The relationship between civil society, citizens and government has been changing under the influence of trends such as individualisation, digitalisation and shifts in governance.On the part of civil society, one can observe the evolution of civil society organisations towards new, hybrid types of organisations, under the influence of shifts in governance. At the same time, there is the growth of a new civil society: a notable rise in the visibility of activist and online groups that self-organise without leadership; in the area of services, grassroots organisations that fill the gap between a rising market and a retreating state. The landscape of civil society, always complex and plural, is becoming ever more so.


During our meeting, we welcome empirical studies that show how the relationship between civil society, citizens and government is evolving. At our meeting, we will not only discuss the individual papers, but also, with the help of the group, join up these separate discussions into future scenarios. Can we see forward, beyond the current uncertainty?



Please note that we do not accept abstracts. Instead, we expect full papers by 15 May. There is the opportunity to revise papers after initial acceptance. Experience shows that submission of full papers at an earlier stage leads to better texts and better discussions. We aim for a maximum of 15 papers, in order to allow for thorough discussions and debate.


After the conference, we will compile a special issue for the International Review of Administrative Sciences, with a collection of the most promising conference papers. Each accepted paper will receive feedback during and after the conference, prior to submission.


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More information

For more information, please contact the study group convenors.  If you are in doubt whether the topic of your paper fits the meeting, feel free to check.


Taco Brandsen,

Marlies Honingh,

Bram Verschuere,

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