Conference Theme

“From Public Administration to XXI Century Collaborative Administration –  The role of public networks”

Governments have long been involved in reform processes. Under the umbrella concepts of the New Public Management, Public Governance and New Public Governance, a new model of administration eventually emerged. It is based on collaborative relationships among public and private actors, non-profit organizations and social enterprises. Within this context of connected and networked organizations, the current economic and social crises have further enhanced the importance of “Collaborative Administration” as a new way of involving public/private actors to manage administrative processes in a cooperative manner. Despite a general consensus on the importance of such collaborative settings for the solution of “wicked” problems, questions of how to manage and govern public networks remain unanswered.

The goal of the 10th TAD is to bring together scholars and practitioners from both sides of the Atlantic to stimulate a dialogue on the functioning of collaborative settings in the public sector and develop sound knowledge about how to make them succeed.