CFP: 12th workshop of the Study Group “Quality and Integrity of Governance”

12th workshop of the Study Group “Quality and Integrity of Governance” of the European Group for Public Administration (EGPA)
Speyer, Germany
(10-12 September, 2014)

The 2014 Annual Conference of the European Group for Public Administration will be held in Speyer, Germany from 10 to 12 September.

The Permanent Study Group on Quality and Integrity of Governance brings together academics and practitioners interested in the ethical dimension of administration and organization. The group’s mission is to establish a long-term network aimed at stimulating research on the quality of the public sector Europe. The Study Group was launched at the 2003 EGPA Annual Conference and had an average attendance of about 40 participants in the 11 subsequent annual meetings. The group also co-organized two specialized conferences: the 2005 Transatlantic Dialogue in Leuven and the 2009 Global Dialogue in Amsterdam.

The aim of the annual sessions is to present an overview of the cutting-edge academic research on quality and integrity of governance with relevance for the practice of European governance and government. The Study Group particularly wants to contribute to making progress in comparative research, building on previous initiatives in transnational and global dialogues and the increasing cooperation between European researchers.

For the Speyer conference in September 2014, we invite papers within the broad field of quality and integrity of governance. Because of international developments, with ‘broad’, we also mean papers that are about the relationships between ethics/public values and the Quality of Governance or Good Governance. Possible themes could include (but are not limited to) the following:
– What is the quality of governance and how can it be improved?
– What are important public values and how to manage conflict between them?
– Integrity policies: What works, how and when?
– Criminological perspectives on corruption and employee deviance
– Historical and sociological analyses of ethics in governance in countries or European regions
– Concepts of administrative ethics research
– Theoretical and empirical research on ethical leadership
– Methodologies of administrative ethics research
– Developments of public integrity (and corruption) within administrations (and predictions)
– Normative analyses of public governance
– Theoretical and empirical research on consequences of ethics violations (for example, the management of organizations, legitimacy, citizens, state budgets, trust, etc.)

As usual, we like to emphasize that the study group particularly welcomes comparative research (comparing respectively countries and organizations). Single case studies can only be considered on the condition that they go beyond mere description and are embedded in a theoretical framework.

Deadline for submission:
Researchers interested in the workshop theme are kindly invited to submit a short abstract (max. 1 page).

For submitting, selecting and downloading abstracts and papers a central electronic system is being set up. The deadline for the online submission of the abstracts is 15 May 2014. Papers will be selected by the co-chairs no later than 1 June 2014. Authors whose abstracts have been accepted should submit their completed papers by 5 August 2014, at the latest.

Practical information on the EGPA 2014 conference and online submission can be found on the conference website:

For more information on the study group, please check our website:

Permanent Study Group Co-chairs:

Dr. Gjalt de Graaf
Department of Political Science and Public Administration
Research Group Quality of Governance
VU University Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1081
1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Prof. dr. Michael Macaulay
School of Government
Faculty of Commerce
Victoria University of Wellington
Pipitea Campus
Lambton Quay
Wellington 6140, New Zealand