The 26th NISPAcee Annual Conference

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In the conference participated 317 participants

Conference programme published

Almost 250 conference participants from 36 countries participated

Conference Report

An opportunity to learn from other researchers and other countries' experiences on certain topics.

G.A.C., Hungary, 25th Conference 2017, Kazan

Very well organised, excellent programme and fruitful discussions.

M.M.S., Slovakia, 25th Conference 2017, Kazan

The NISPAcee conference remains a very interesting conference.

M.D.V., Netherlands, 25th Conference 2017, Kazan

Thank you for the opportunity to be there, and for the work of the organisers.

D.Z., Hungary, 24th Conference 2016, Zagreb

Well organized, as always. Excellent conference topic and paper selection.

M.S., Serbia, 23rd Conference 2015, Georgia

Perfect conference. Well organised. Very informative.

M.deV., Netherlands, 22nd Conference 2014, Hungary

Excellent conference. Congratulations!

S. C., United States, 20th Conference 2012, Republic of Macedonia

Thanks for organising the pre-conference activity. I benefited significantly!

R. U., Uzbekistan, 19th Conference, Varna 2011

Each information I got, was received perfectly in time!

L. S., Latvia, 21st Conference 2013, Serbia

The Conference was very academically fruitful!

M. K., Republic of Macedonia, 20th Conference 2012, Republic of Macedonia

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Meeting DETAILS of Conference Programme

for the  26th NISPAcee Annual Conference
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Thursday, May 24, 2018            14:00 - 15:30

III. Working Group on Public Administration Reform 
Session 1: Change and Performance in Public Sector: Comparative Insights
Room Room Alexandru Myler Ground floor
Related to III. PA Reform
WG Programme Coordinators:
Veronica Junjan, University of Twente, AE Enschede, Netherlands
Diana - Camelia Iancu, National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania
The Working Group on Public Administration Reform has traditionally been an arena for debating and comparing the dynamics of institutions and organisations promoting a professional, merit-based and neutral civil service. Its initial focus on new EU Member States from Central and Eastern Europe and the Baltics has developed and today, the Group also benefits from the research contributions and grassroots experiences of academics and practitioners from Europe, Central Asia and beyond.

For 2018, the Group aims to channel discussions around the core values of public action – such as well-being and happiness, and their reflection in current state leadership.

Whilst some scholars have increasingly focused on finding what makes people happy and why policy-makers should learn about that (Helliwell et al. 2014, Clark et al. 2017), others have critically approached the measurement of well-being and suggested alternatives to the existing trends (Diener et al. 2009, Daeton 2012).Additional researches investigated resilience (at individual, organisational and community level) as the capacity to endure, adjust to, and recover from unexpected events. Resilience, such as the capacity to recover, was seen to be important in the process of re-constructing well-being at different societal levels. Given the multiple waves of reforms and challenges of the recent years (ranging from economic and financial crises to climate change), resilience needs to be better understood as part of providing societal well-being.

As such, and following the commitment from OECD (2016) "to put people’s well-being at the centre of governments’ efforts” and the conditions necessary for achieving their happiness, as described in The World Happiness Report (2017): "high levels of mutual trust, shared purpose, generosity and good governance”, the Working Group on Public Administration Reform welcomes researches that explain and reflect on the current political, social and economic turmoil and its impact on the traditional scope of governance. What roles should governments undertake in order to support the sustainable growth of their respective communities? How could think tanks, community leaders and ordinary citizens contribute to making policy-makers aware of their misery or well-being? What impact does the ideological envelope of good governance bear and what stories does the research on development aid have to share? Comparative analyses on different policy choices in support of sustainable growth, as well as innovative models for measuring well-being and resilience are especially welcome.

Paper: Sector Characteristics and Change-Oriented Behavior by Public Employees: Cross-National Evidence from the Government Competitiveness Global Survey
Jesse Campbell, Incheon National University, Incheon, Republic of Korea
Tobin Im, Seoul National University
Jesse Campbell, Incheon National University, Incheon, Republic of Korea

Paper: Institutions and Trade in the Republic of Moldova – European Union Economic Integration Process - Empirical Evidences of the Association Agreement Implementation
Ion Muschei, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi, Romania, IASI, Romania
Carmen Gabriela Pascariu, Center for European Studies Faculty of Law ,,Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iași, Romania
Ion Muschei, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi, Romania, IASI, Romania