Accreditation in European Public Administration

  • Maja KlunEmail author
  • Christoph Reichard
Part of the Governance and Public Management book series (GPM)


With the aim to improve the quality of public administration (PA) programmes in Europe, EGPA established in 1999—together with the Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe (NISPAcee)—the European Association for Public Administration Accreditation (EAPAA). This chapter presents the development of EAPAA in the last two decades and the experiences made with voluntary accreditation of academic PA programmes in Europe. The authors illustrate the basic accreditation concept of EAPAA, its integration into the European quality assurance institutions and the scope of accreditation missions over time. Finally, the effects of accreditation measures in the educational field of PA are discussed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of LjubljanaLjubljanaSlovenia
  2. 2.Potsdam UniversityPotsdamGermany

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