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AUGUST 2016: Conference of the European Group of Public Administration
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8/24/2016 to 8/26/2016
When: 8/24/2016

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Call for the EGPA Study Group on “Civil Society, Citizens and Government”

Conference of the European Group of Public Administration, Utrecht, 24-26 August 2016




The position of civil society is changing, as many traditional organisations have become dependent on governments and markets for financial resources. They are requested to show more ‘entrepreneurship’, resulting in more focus on measurable performance and competition. This raises intriguing questions over loyalty, autonomy and identity. At the same time, new kinds of civil society are on the rise, in the shape of self-organisation and social movements. These new players challenge the position both of government and of traditional civil society.


Citizens are taking on new roles in relation to both government and civil society. They start acting as co-producers, participating in the design, production and evaluating of public services. They increasingly replace their initial long-term membership affiliation or volunteer engagement (e.g. based on ideological or religious beliefs) by a client-based perspective on engagement and by more privatized, project-based or individualized forms of participation.


The key question for our group is how governments and administrations are able to cope with new relations with civil society, with the emergence of new manifestations of civil society and with new roles for citizens.



Papers are invited on the following themes:

(1) Government – civil society relations;

(2) Civil society – citizen relations;

(3) The internal functioning and organization of civil society initiatives;

(4) The co-production and co-creation of public services.


In addition to the sessions centred around academic papers, we will dedicate sessions to valorization and policy relevant impact, comparative research perspectives, as well as directions for comparative research projects.



Please submit papers through the EGPA conference website ( 


Proposals should be uploaded through the submission website by April 15, 2016.


Deadline for submitting the complete papers: July 31, 2015.


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