75 years is a remarkable lifetime for any institution, especially if one considers the impressive changes that public administration has undergone. The ICT revolution has radically altered the way public administration operates. Also the traditional design of bureaucratic organizations has been seriously reshaped because of a communicational flow that is intense and pervasive as never before. But the most intriguing change affecting public administration is the world-wide battle for democracy and political participation. Later, the issue of globalization and the growing mismatch between governments, legal frameworks, territories and communities came into view. This publication consists of six essays; the first gives us a general account of the history of the Institute; the second describes the evolution of the governance, the membership, and the activities of the IIAS. Essay three reconstructs the international dimension of the Institute’s life from its earlier stage to World War II. Essay four is about the relation between IIAS and that sphere of knowledge which has been termed “administrative sciences”. The fifth essay focuses on the special relationship between the IIAS and Brussels. The final essay traces the main lines of the recent history of the Institute, projecting those lines into the coming years. Altogether the six chapters bring fresh information and new appreciation about the history of IIAS and offer reliable material to work at an explanation of the history of this institution, notably for its capacity to continuously adjust itself to a deeply changing world, to overcome crises and even to recover from lethal attacks.
It is a pleasure to commend to you this short book designed to commemorate the 75 years that the Institute has existed. Under the chairmanship of Professor Fabio Rugge and guided by our Director General a group of eminent academic historians of administration have produced a powerful and, in total, balanced account of the evolution of our Institute since it was founded at Madrid in 1930. From the time of Albert Devèze, the first President until today, the International Institute of Administrative Sciences has played a key role in advancing international public administration. In this book you will find accounts of our early days, of the modern evolution, of the scientific impact, of the role of our host state, Belgium, and some suggestions also about the future.
All institutions embody an idea. In IIAS, of which I have the honour to be president, we develop and disseminate scientific knowledge and best practice for academics and practitioners in our field of administration and public management through our international networks. The goal is to share knowledge across generations and cultures and to provide our stakeholders with new competences for future challenges. We do this in Brussels and around the world. The articles attached from an international group that includes Guy Braibant, a former President himself, and reflects in its French and English texts the bilingualism and the diversity of the IIAS, contains some impressively detailed and concrete historical research. I hope that those who will in future hold responsibility for the growth of expertise in administrative science will find this text useful and inspiring.
O. Univ. Prof. Mag. Dr. F. Strehl, MBA, Head of Internationale Managementstudien, Johannes Kepler Universitat Linz, Austria. Past Rector of Linz University, elected IIAS President in Seoul, South Korea in July 2004 after having served for many years as a member of the IIAS Research Advisory Council.
, President, International Institute of Administrative Sciences, Président, Institut International des Sciences Administratives
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