EGPA Virtual Sessions

Permanent Study Group (PSG XXII) on “Behavioral Public Administration”
Connecting Behavioral Public Administration and Computer Science.

The study group’s strategic aim is to study the micro-foundations of public services from both the supply (e.g., public employees and organizational models) and the demand side (e.g., citizens and clients). The theme of 2020 will be on analyzing how Behavioral Public Administration can connect to
new developments in Computer Science, including – but not limited to – Machine Learning, Algorithms, and Surveillance (see for instance Anastasopoulos & Whitford 2018; Mikhaylov, Esteve & Campion,
2018). A great share of the challenges that public managers face concern questions of how to change human behaviors in desirable ways, and how to design organizational models and management processes that consider new developments in big data, algorithms, and IT more generally.

Next to this particular yearly theme, we invite theory-based and/or rigorous empirical contributions about other substantive and methodological topics with a clear link between the behavioral sciences and public administration. Examples may include (but are not limited to):

  • Citizen-state interactions;
  • Citizen-state interactions during and after the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Performance evaluation of government agencies;
  • Administrative burden in the public sector;
  • Judgment and decision-making in public organizations;
  • Administrative reforms and their effects on citizens and civil servants;
  • The use of behavioral science to change behavior of citizens and professionals, including but not limited to nudges;
  • The use of behavioral science to key public administration themes, including but not limited to networks, strategic management, HRM and leadership, street-level bureaucracy, network management, performance management, emergency management.
  • Methodological contributions to study Behavioral Public Administration, including but not limited to particular methods (experiments, interviews, document analysis, mixed-methods,
    text mining) and meta-science (many lab studies, replications, prospective meta-analyses)

The meetings of the permanent study group will be used to develop a joint research program on the topic of Behavioral Public Administration, including international publication opportunities.


  • Abstract length: max. 300 words, including references. Clearly link to Behavioral Public Administration, and if possible (but not needed) to this year’s theme. Submission of abstracts can be made directly to the EGPA Conference Management System:
  • For questions, please contact Lars Tummers (

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Registration fee A registration fee will be charged for those who would like to have a certificate of participation. The rates will be available on the designated EGPA website.

Conference Website and Conference Management System
EGPA 2020 Conference Management System:
EGPA 2020 Conference Website:
EGPA 2020 Virtual

Permanent Study Group Co-chairs:

  • Sharon Gilad, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem,,
  • Paola Cantarelli, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies – Italy,
  • Sebastian Jilke, Georgetown University – USA,
  • Lars Tummers, Utrecht University – The Netherlands,

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