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Europe, Globalization and the Lisbon Agenda

Europe, Globalization and the Lisbon Agenda

Edited by Maria João Rodrigues

The Lisbon Agenda aims to prepare Europe for globalization by updating European policies for research, innovation, competition, trade, employment, education, social protection, environment and energy at both the European and national levels. Designed to inspire the new cycle of the Lisbon Agenda until 2010 and beyond, this timely and significant volume explores the intellectual elaboration of the agenda for the coming years.

Chapter 21: The Lisbon Agenda and Public Administration

Wolfgang Drechsler

Subjects: innovation and technology, innovation policy, politics and public policy, european politics and policy


Wolfgang Drechsler 21.1 PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND THE LISBON AGENDA, 2000–2007 The life-world of the Lisbon Agenda, today’s Europe, can be described as a primarily administered environment. Despite all the criticisms of the public sector, the latter retains a significant and often dominant role in economy and society. So it is baffling that the original Lisbon Strategy did not address this topic until 2006, when documents about the Lisbon Agenda first started to mention public administration, particularly in relation to innovation (which is very different from ‘innovative practices in public administration’). The 2006 Implementation Report states that the public sphere has a role to play in the innovation process (European Commission, 2006a: 17), which is also acknowledged in the Lahti conclusions (European Commission, 2006b: 6–7). All documents that mention the public sphere focus on e-government, public procurement and innovation (usually very loosely understood). 21.2 THE EUROPEAN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION NETWORK Virtually no attention has been paid to public administration in scholarly work on the Lisbon Agenda, with the notable exception of Seppo Määttä (2004, 2006), which is very strongly policy-oriented. This work was done in the context of the one institution that has addressed the topic fairly early on, EPAN (or EUPAN, the acronym seems to vary), ‘an informal network of Directors General responsible for Public Administrations in EU Member States and European Commission’ (, which is in fact the main European-level institution that dealt with the issue at the European level, although it is...

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