A șaptea ediție a Trans European Dialogue

The Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences will host on 6th – 7th February 2014 the 7th edition of the Trans European Dialogue (TED 7), an event aimed at offering a platform for exchanging ideas, opinion and experiences on key issues of Public Administration. The Conference is jointly organized with EGPA (European Group for Public Administration) and NISPAcee (The Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe).

TED7 will focus on issues of strengthening the link between the local governments and the communities they represent, govern and serve.  Though local government is differently perceived in different European countries/administrative systems, there seems to be a disconnection between citizens who no longer feel part of only one community but rather to a variety of localities/territorial units with which they have functional relations. In this context, the topic is very important for all EU States: The capacity of local governments to connect with the community, to put together viable strategies for local development and to integrate within the (supposed) European common framework as a key factor for the development of public administration and democracy within Europe.

The conference will serve as an opportunity to explore current trends concerning local democratic governance. Within this broad framework the conference will explore the way in which the traditional relationship between public administration, local democracy and local communities which  is evolving under several pressures – increasing social fragmentation; the loss of the relationship between the citizens and their communities; emergence of networks which are engulfing local communities and governments, etc.

TED7, like the previous Trans-European Dialogues, is a focused, mainly but not exclusively by-invitation meeting of 40-50 participants from Europe. Rather than formally presenting all attendees’ papers the format centers around intense dialogue and discussions between the participants. The discussions will be structured into 4 sessions, each of which starting with a keynote presentation followed by participants’ oral contributions reflecting on the key elements of their research.