What Does It Mean a European Learned Society in Public Administration?
This chapter provides the reflection of the incumbent president of EGPA, the European Group for Public Administration (Edoardo Ongaro, President 2013 to present) about the significance of a European learned society for the study and practice of public administration. Europe is about science and the modern sciences—which were conceived in Europe—as it is very much about art and artistic expression. And Europe is about philosophy, a term that was invented in the then ancient Greece. Public administration is both a science and an art, and its roots lie in philosophy. Hence reflecting on the roots of the notion of Europe is also a fascinating journey into the roots of public administration.