The Transatlantic Policy Consortium is a project of several European and American academic and training institutions in the fields of education and research for public policy and administration. The organization provides a network for these institutions to facilitate a variety of activities, including joint research and publications, faculty and student exchanges, and occasional colloquia and conferences.
The Transatlantic Policy Consortium grew out of an on-going relationship between Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) and the École Nationale d'Administration (ENA) in Paris, France. The two organizations jointly sponsored an international conference on transatlantic public policy issues in Paris in June 1997. The foci of the conference were "Development and Security Issues for the EU and the US in the 21st Century" and "The Next Generation of World Trade Issues." In addition to the SPEA and ENA faculty and staff involved, several content experts and public policy leaders participated in the program. The conference was quite successful, and many of the participants argued strongly for a continuation of this type of activity on transatlantic policy issues. As a result, Charles Bonser, Dean Emeritus of SPEA, and Jean Marie Duffau, Director of Studies at ENA, developed a plan that would continue these programs, and in addition would include several other European and American public policy/administration academic programs in the consortium.
A second transatlantic issues colloquium was held in 1998 on the topic of "Globalization and the Environment" at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. In addition to SPEA and ENA, other organizations participating in that colloquium included the German government’s Bundesakademie (Bonn, Germany); Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona); German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer (Speyer, Germany); Netherlands School of Government; Erasmus University School of Social Sciences (Netherlands); Instituto Nacional de Administracao (Lisbon, Portugal); and Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (Milan, Italy). The participants included 40 individuals of both faculty and outside experts from the various countries involved. The colloquium was held in a round table format, which allowed plenty of time for informal exchanges, and as a result became the preferred format for future meetings.
Establishment of the TPC
At the Bloomington meeting, it was decided to formalize the activity by establishing a consortium. Since then, colloquia and meetings have been held annually, alternating location between the the US and Europe. There are currently 34 member and associate member institutions involved in the consortium, and the TPC supports joint research of member institutions. In 2004, a sub-consortium of 22 member institutions from both sides of the Atlantic participated in a bidding procedure within the Sixth Framework Programme for European Research and Technoloical Development of the European Union. In 2009 the TPC received a grant from the Bosch Foundation for inviting three US and three German junior scholars to the colloquium at Jönköping University in Sweden.