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“Leading the Future of the Public Sector”—The Third Transatlantic Dialogue
May 31–June 2, 2007 · University of Delaware · Newark, Delaware USA
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Introduction to the Conference

How can we improve leadership in the public sector, and what is the role of political and administrative leaders in shaping the future of the public sector? This is a central theme in American and European public administration. Cross-fertilization through joined dialog will strengthen and broaden the knowledge base of the field. The Third Transatlantic Dialogue (3TAD) was a sequel to the first two successful transatlantic dialogues—Ethics and Integrity of Governance, held in 2005, and A Performing Public Sector, held in 2006.  Jointly organized by an American (ASPA) and European (EGPA) network on public administration and public personnel policies, the conference aimed to strengthen cooperation among European and American scholars.

Conference Co-sponsors

SUAPP logo IPA logo * University of Delaware’s School of Urban Affairs & Public Policy and Institute for Public Administration IO logo * Katholieke Universiteit Leuven’s Instituut voor de Overheid (Public Management Institute)

Conference Location

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Clayton Hall Conference Center at UD
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The George Read Residence Hall
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The Courtyard Newark/UD Marriott

The conference was hosted by the School of Urban Affairs & Public Policy at the University of Delaware (UD) in Newark, Delaware.  Located in the northeast corridor of the United States, Newark is an hour from Philadelphia and Baltimore and two hours from New York and Washington, D.C.  The conference venue was the University’s John M. Clayton Hall Conference Center with an adjoining Marriott Courtyard operated by students, faculty, and staff from the Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management program at UD.

Speakers and Workshop Leaders

The keynote speakers were Patricia Ingraham from Binghamton University’s College of Community and Public Affairs, and Christopher Hood from All Souls College, University of Oxford. A leadership workshop was led by Robert Denhardt, featuring his new book, “The Dance of Leadership.” The closing plenary featured Geert Bouckaert (EGPA president) from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Harvey White (ASPA president) from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh, and Kathryn Newcomer (NASPAA president) from the School of Public Policy and Public Administration, George Washington University (and NASPAA president).


At the core of the conference were six workshops. These were jointly chaired by American and European convenors, and participants consisted of an internationally mixed audience. The conference keynote speaker presentations and practitioner workshops were open to all interested, but participants in workshops were expected to prepare a paper, subscribe to one workshop, and participate actively in the sessions. We will actively pursue publication opportunities.

The organizing committee of the conference invited papers on the topics of the six workshops.

Workshop 1: Leading for the Future (chairs Jim Svara and Eckhard Schröter)

Workshop 2: Diverse Leaders and Leading a Diverse Workforce (chairs Meredith Newman and Annie Hondeghem)

Workshop 3: Training and Developing Leaders (chairs Richard Callahan and Sylvia Horton)

Workshop 4: Leading in a Multi-Sector Environment (chairs Kathy Denhardt and Peter Leisink)

Workshop 5: Leadership and the New Public Management (chairs Maria Aristigueta and Per Lægreid)

Workshop 6: Ethical Leadership in the Context of Globalization (chairs Guy Adams and Judy Johnston)

Organizing Committee

Maria Aristigueta, Annie Hondeghem, Guy Adams, Peter Leisink

For more information, contact Maria Aristigueta (