Harbouring Francophone Public Administration in an International Congress: Challenges, Benefits, and a Glance Forward

EGPA French-Speaking Seminar
  • Emil TurcEmail author
  • Jan Mattijs
Part of the Governance and Public Management book series (GPM)


In acknowledgment of its two founding languages, EGPA decided in 2011 to reinstall a French-speaking area of scientific debate alongside its main English-speaking study groups. This raises several questions among which are (a) the role of languages as media of scientific exchange in context-bound disciplines such as public administration, (b) the existence of a public administration ‘Francosphere’ apposite to an established ‘Anglosphere’, (c) the risks of centre-periphery homogenization of concepts induced by cultural and linguistic artefacts in the anglophone and the francophone world, and (d) the potential benefits of scientific exchange in a dual-language setting. A discussion ensues as to the capacity of the French-speaking seminar to act as moderator between research networks of different languages; the circulation of scientific concepts and public administration hot topics between EGPA and francophone networks is analysed through a retrospective discussion of the themes of scientific gatherings and special issues over five years.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut de Management Public et Gouvernance Territoriale (IMPGT) – Aix-Marseille UniversitéMarseilleFrance
  2. 2.Solvay Brussels School – ULBBrusselsBelgium

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