The 26th NISPAcee Annual Conference

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In the conference participated 317 participants

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Almost 250 conference participants from 36 countries participated

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The 28th NISPAcee Annual Conference will be organised in Split, Croatia in May 2020

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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Wednesday, May 23, 2018            9:45 - 10:00

Welcome coffee (JCPA, PhD workshops) 
Room Corridor in front of Sala Senatului  1st floor

Wednesday, May 23, 2018            10:00 - 12:00

The 20th Anniversary JCPA Workshop: Comparing Public Policy Process and Effects: Well-Being and Growth in Central and Eastern European Countries 
Session 1
Room Sala Senatului 1st floor
Related to JCPA Workshop
Marius Profiroiu, Workshop Convenor , Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania 
Calin Hintea, Discussant, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Ada-iuliana Popescu, Discussant, University "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" Iasi, Iasi, Romania
Mihaela Tofan, Discussant, University "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" Iasi, Iasi, Romania
The 26th NISPAcee Annual Conference hosts the 20th Anniversary Workshop of the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis (JCPA: https://comparativepolicy.org) affiliated with our partner scholarly society, the JCPA-Forum.  Such workshops are taking place throughout 2018 with ten other international associations. The JCPA is the only explicit journal of comparative policy studies and is recognized as having pioneered this domain. It grants the award for the best comparative paper at partner associations including NISPAcee, and involves institutional and individual members as well as authors, editorial board and council members, from Central and Eastern Europe (www. Comparativepolicy.org).

The theme of the Workshop is Comparing Public Policy Process and Effects: Well-Being and Growth in Central and Eastern Europe Countries. This will be addressed in a comparative perspective, with the focus on the way public policy processes and their effects influence well-being in terms economic, social and cultural growth.

The goal of the workshop is to involve established and young scholars in a dialogue advancing comparative policy studies. By comparative it is meant comparisons between the policies or policy experiments of social units (nations, institutions, organizations, and others). The comparisons can put forward comparative methods, comparative theories, supporting or reinforcing policy practices.

Faced with unprecedented challenges, such as globalization, corruption, government mistrust, economic changes, an aging society and migration, governments across Central and Eastern Europe need more than ever to be able to design modern governance and policy instruments. Public policy comparisons can facilitate the design, implementation and know-how transfer of public policies between governments in the region. It is believed that the comparative approach allows for lesson drawing, inspiration, transfer or adaptation of success stories, and avoidance of failures. These can considerably improve the decision-making processes, as well as citizens’ participation and quality of life.

Paper: The Influence of Gender Policies on Leadership in Central Public Administration of Romania
Author(s):
Corina Cristiana Nastaca, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania
Teodora Monica Fulga, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania
Presenter(s):
Corina Cristiana Nastaca, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania

Paper: Sponsoring Medical Specialists - Bribery or Activity regulated by the Law?
Author/Presenter:
Sandra Gradinaru, University "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" Iasi, Iasi, Romania

Paper: Evolving policies on institutional architecture of the state in Europe: from agencification towards consolidation
Author/Presenter:
Dawid Szescilo, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland

The time allocation for each presentation is 40 minutes, divided as follows:
20 minutes for author presentation, 10 minutes for discussant presentation and 10 minutes for group discussion .

Wednesday, May 23, 2018            10:00 - 12:00

PhD Pre-conference Seminar 
Session 1
Room Sala Ferdinand 1st floor
Related to PhD pre-conference seminar
WG Programme Coordinators:
Michiel de Vries, Radboud University Nijmegen, Nijmegen, Netherlands
Iwona Sobis, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden
During the first part of this seminar, PhD students will receive information and advice from the Chairs and discuss how to improve the presentation of a paper and how to organise papers in such a way that these papers conform to the standards required to have them published.

Paper: Sustainable and Inclusive Innovation? – How the Quintuple Helix Model works in Practice
Author/Presenter:
Judit Szakos, National University of Public Service, Budapest, Hungary

Paper: Scientific Advice Platform at the Slovak Academy of Sciences
Author/Presenter:
Tomas Michalek, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia

Paper: Policy of free Lunches for Children from Unprivileged Families in the Czech Republic – Discourses and Frames
Author/Presenter:
Kamila Vlckova, Charles University, Prague 1, Czech Republic

Paper: Local Initiative in Poland as a Form of Co-production of Public Services
Author/Presenter:
Bartosz Wilk, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland

Paper: Institutions and Trade in the Republic of Moldova – European Union Economic Integration Process - Empirical Evidences of the Association Agreement Implementation
Author(s):
Ion Muschei, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi, Romania, IASI, Romania
Carmen Gabriela Pascariu, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi, Romania, IASI, Romania
Presenter(s):
Ion Muschei, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi, Romania, IASI, Romania

Paper: Relevance of Ethical Principles in Managerial Decisions in Romanian Public Hospitals
Author(s):
Marinela Carmen Pesclevei, University "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" Iasi, Iasi, Romania
Daniela-Tatiana Agheorghiesei, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi, Romania, IASI, Romania
Presenter(s):
Marinela Carmen Pesclevei, University "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" Iasi, Iasi, Romania

Wednesday, May 23, 2018            12:00 - 13:00

Lunch (JCPA, PhD workshops) 
Room University Cantina Titu Maiorescu Strada Titu Maiorescu 7-9, Iași

Wednesday, May 23, 2018            13:00 - 15:00

The 20th Anniversary JCPA Workshop: Comparing Public Policy Process and Effects: Well-Being and Growth in Central and Eastern European Countries 
Session 2
Room Sala Senatului 1st floor
Related to JCPA Workshop
Marius Profiroiu, Workshop Convenor, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania 
Calin Hintea, Discussant, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Marius Profiroiu, Discussant, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania
Bogdana Neamtu, Discussant, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Paper: Taxes and General Public Services. An Empirical Investigation
Author(s):
Sebastian Lazar, University "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" Iasi, Iasi, Romania
Bogdan Gabriel Zugravu, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi, Romania, IASI, Romania
Adina Dornean, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi, Romania, IASI, Romania
Presenter(s):
Sebastian Lazar, University "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" Iasi, Iasi, Romania

Paper: The Comparative Analysis of the State Policy in the Sphere of the Education of Police Leaders in Great Britain and in Russia (XXI Century)
Author/Presenter:
Goulya Nurlybaeva, The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Moscow, Russian Federation

Paper: A Comparative Framework for Studying the Policy-Making in the EU Pre - and Post - Accession CEE Countries: The Case of Quality Infrastructure Policy Making in Serbia
Author(s):
Jelena Ruso, Belgrade University, Belgrade, Serbia
Jovan Filipovic, Belgrade University, Belgrade, Serbia
Presenter(s):
Jovan Filipovic, Belgrade University, Belgrade, Serbia

The time allocation for each presentation is 40 minutes, divided as follows:
20 minutes for author presentation, 10 minutes for discussant presentation and 10 minutes for group discussion .

Wednesday, May 23, 2018            13:00 - 14:30

PhD Pre-conference Seminar 
Session 2
Room Sala Ferdinand 1st floor
Related to PhD pre-conference seminar
WG Programme Coordinators:
Michiel de Vries, Radboud University Nijmegen, Nijmegen, Netherlands
Iwona Sobis, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden
In the second session of the seminar, PhD students will learn how to improve their presentations and papers within a trusted environment. One part focuses on the structure of presentations; the second on the structure of the introduction and conclusion of papers; the third on the theoretical section; the fourth on the methods section and the last one on the section in which the outcomes are presented.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018            14:30 - 14:45

Coffee break (PhD workshop) 
Room Corridor in front of Sala Senatului  1st floor

Wednesday, May 23, 2018            14:45 - 16:00

PhD Pre-conference Seminar 
Session 3
Room Sala Ferdinand 1st floor
Related to PhD pre-conference seminar
WG Programme Coordinators:
Michiel de Vries, Radboud University Nijmegen, Nijmegen, Netherlands
Iwona Sobis, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden
The third session of the seminar addresses topics related to writing a dissertation. This can involve issues related to substance as well as the writing process. In this part of the seminar PhD students present their research plans and/or listen to other PhD students presenting their research plans, discuss these amongst themselves in a closed and trusted environment and will receive advice from the Chairs. Depending on the number of participants, one or more time-slots will be reserved for this part of the seminar.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018            15:00 - 16:00

The 20th Anniversary JCPA Reception (Closed Event only for invited JCPA Friends) 
Room Corridor in front of Sala Senatului  1st floor
Related to JCPA Workshop

Wednesday, May 23, 2018            16:00 - 18:30

Steering Committee Meeting (Closed Meeting) 
Room Sala BECA 1st floor

Wednesday, May 23, 2018            17:00 - 19:00

Conference Registration 
Room Sala Pașilor Pierduți  Ground floor - Hall of Echoing Footsteps

Wednesday, May 23, 2018            19:00 - 20:00

Meeting with Conference Coordinators (Closed meeting) 
Room Sala Senatului 1st floor

Thursday, May 24, 2018            9:00 - 13:00

Conference Registration 
Room Sala Pașilor Pierduți  Ground floor - Hall of Echoing Footsteps

Thursday, May 24, 2018            9:30 - 10:45

Opening Plenary Session 
Welcome and Opening Speeches
Room Aula Magna Mihai Eminescu  Ground floor
Related to Opening Session

Welcome Speech
Author/Presenter:
Juraj Nemec, NISPAcee President, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic

Welcome Speech
Author/Presenter:
Tudorel Toader, Elected Rector of Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iași and Minister of Justice, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi, Romania, IASI, Romania

Welcome Speech
Author/Presenter:
Mihaela Onofrei, Legal Representative of Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iași, University "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" Iasi, Iasi, Romania

Welcome Speech
Author/Presenter:
Petru Bogdan Cojocaru, Minister of Communications and Information Society, , Romania

Welcome Speech
Author/Presenter:
Maricel Popa, President of Iași County Council, , Romania

Welcome Speech
Author/Presenter:
Sergiu Cristian Manea, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Management Board at Banca Comercială Română, , Romania

Welcome Speech
Author/Presenter:
Cord Meier-Klodt, His Excellency, the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Romania, , Germany

IIAS Global Strategy for Partnership: Win-win Models of Partnerships with other learned Societies
Author/Presenter:
Sofiane Sahraoui, International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS), Brussels, Belgium

Thursday, May 24, 2018            10:45 - 11:15

Coffee Break 
Room Sala Pașilor Pierduți  Ground floor - Hall of Echoing Footsteps

Thursday, May 24, 2018            11:15 - 12:45

Opening Plenary Session  
Room Aula Magna Mihai Eminescu  Ground floor
Related to Opening Session
Conference Key-note Presentations
Alena Brunovska Award Ceremony
Mzia Mikeladze Award Ceremony

Key-note Speech: Public Values in Private Hands, Synergic or Conflictual Couple?
Author/Presenter:
Salvador Parrado, Key-note Speaker, Spanish Distance Learning University - UNED, Madrid, Spain

New Public Service Mindset and Competencies for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Author/Presenter:
John Mary Kauzya, Chief of Public Service Innovation Branch, Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations, New York, United States

Challenges to Doctoral Education in Public Administration in the NISPAcee Region
Author/Presenter:
Ringa Raudla, Alena Brunovska Award Winner 2018, Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia

Effective Governance for Public-Private Partnerships: Challenges and Solutions for existing Models
Author/Presenter:
Petr Witz, Mzia Mikeladze Award Winner 2018, Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark

Thursday, May 24, 2018            12:45 - 14:00

Lunch 
Room University Cantina Titu Maiorescu Strada Titu Maiorescu 7-9, Iași

Thursday, May 24, 2018            14:00 - 15:30

Main Conference Theme 
Session 1: Projects and Plans directly related to promoting Economic Development
Room Sala Senatului 1st floor
Related to Main Conference Theme
WG Programme Coordinators:
Calin Hintea, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Roger Hamlin, Michigan State University, East Lansing, United States
The main conference theme "Public Administration for Well-being and Growth” represents a focus of public administration across all types of governments and agencies and countries. As a focus, it is a thought process that should be on the mind of all public administrators.
In some people’s view parts of the theme can be opposed to the other. A focus on wellbeing might be viewed as a goal for a healthier environment, greater emphasis on recreation, social justice, medical institutions and mental health systems. It can be interpreted as a need to slow down growth and focus on the individual, think more about their environment, social needs, and health concerns.
‘Growth’ might be perceived in just economic terms and may conjure up images of industrial expansion, massive transportation infrastructure, and sprawling cities. For some growth, means traffic congestion, a greater cost of living, more complicated bureaucratic systems and an increase in life’s tensions.
However the phrase, ‘work smarter not harder’ may be relevant here. Growth can mean a variety of things. Economic growth does not have to lead to negative consequences. Yes, chaotic economic growth can cause environmental cost burdens that take years to clean up and ultimately slow down growth. It often means uneven development which enriches some, to the detriment of many others, and which will often restrict economic development further down the road.
But, careful, more thoughtful and controlled economic growth can avoid these concerns and create a more sustainable, long-term development. Economic growth is important to wellbeing. It provides the opportunity for work and income which enhance one´s wellbeing not only materialistically, but, by providing hope and offering the independence, dignity and self worth of employment and income.
Also, the word ‘grow’ implies more than just economic growth. It can mean maturity, the maturity of our understanding of the importance of the public sector and its effective function. Growth in maturity can mean raising our ethical standards, and improving the way in which we interact with and empower citizens.
The theme of the conference calls for papers that address the focus of public administration on the well-being of every individual while promoting the wealth, and stature and maturity of our communities through sustainable development, including building the capacity of public institutions. How can we balance these goals, look for synergistic and complementary growth while focusing on wellbeing? How can we develop the quality of life of our national and local communities by building smarter public institutions?

Paper: Social Movements of Central-Eastern Europe: Examining Trends of Cooperation and Antagonism by Using Big Data
Author/Presenter:
Reka Zsuzsanna Mathe, National University of Public Service, Budapest, Hungary

Paper: Cluj-Napoca´s Metropolitan Area´s Economy; Competitiveness and Challenges
Author/Presenter:
Bogdan Andrei Moldovan, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Paper: Sustainable Development for Metropolitan Areas in Romania: A Plea in favor of Functional Specialization
Author(s):
Bogdana Neamtu, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Calin Hintea, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Viorel Stanica, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Presenter(s):
Bogdana Neamtu, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Paper: Perceptions of and Measures to Reduce Tax-Related Administrative Burdens in SMEs
Author(s):
Dejan Ravselj, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Polona Kovac, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Aleksander Aristovnik, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Presenter(s):
Aleksander Aristovnik, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Marko Ropret, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Paper: Public Governance Models: A systematic Review of 30 Years´ Research
Author(s):
Marko Ropret, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Aleksander Aristovnik, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Presenter(s):
Marko Ropret, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Thursday, May 24, 2018            14:00 - 15:30

I. Working Group on Local Government 
Session 1: Local Government Reforms and Consequences
Room Sala Ferdinand 1st floor
Related to I. Working Group on Local Government
WG Programme Coordinators:
Michiel de Vries, Radboud University Nijmegen, Nijmegen, Netherlands
Ilona Palne Kovacs, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary

The Working Group on Local Governance deals with all sub-national levels of governance from several points of view: regulation, structure, organisation, functioning, finance, representation, election, and public policies etc. The WG especially welcomes empirical research results, comparative analysis, but also welcomes theoretical contributions.

 

Central theme for 2018: Shift between centralisation and decentralisation

In many countries, local governments have been given more functions within the framework of decentralisation. Nowadays, the consequences have become visible in sometimes an improved, but also a deteriorated service delivery. In addition, recently, the opposite trend, namely towards re-centralisation is seen. This takes place, if not in taking back the responsibility of policies from local governments by national governments, then by setting stricter regulations and boundary conditions on the workings of local governments in decentralised areas. Local governments react differently. Sometimes one sees amalgamations, and at other times, inter-municipal cooperation and/or mergers of local administrations. All these trends have their merits and drawbacks.

Furthermore, these developments beg the question as to what municipalities can learn from developments taking place in this regard in other countries. The developments have an impact on urban-rural networks, as well as on the classic issue of decentralisation and centralisation.

Paper: Lasting Independence or creeping Re-centralization? The Case of Polish Local Government
Author/Presenter:
Jowanka Jakubek-Lalik, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland

Paper: Decentralization in Kazakhstan and Poland: A comparative Study
Author(s):
Bakhytzhan Kurmanov, Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan
Ilyas Yesdauletov, Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan
Presenter(s):
Bakhytzhan Kurmanov, Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan

Paper: Regarding Designs for Fiscal Rule and Fiscal Decentralization in Romania
Author(s):
Mihaela Onofrei, University "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" Iasi, Iasi, Romania
Tudorel Toader, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi, Romania, IASI, Romania
Elena Cigu, University "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" Iasi, Iasi, Romania
Presenter(s):
Mihaela Onofrei, University "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" Iasi, Iasi, Romania

Paper: Local Government Reforms in Poland and Hungary from a Comparative Perspective. Convergent and Divergent Developmets
Author/Presenter:
Lucyna Rajca, Jan Kochanowski University, Kielce, Poland

Thursday, May 24, 2018            14:00 - 15:30

II. Working Group on E-government 
Session 1
Room Room III.12 - A. Philippide 1st floor
Related to II. e-Government
WG Programme Coordinators:
Andras Nemeslaki, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Budapest, Hungary
David Duenas-Cid, Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia
The e-Government Working Group invites innovative contributions concerning the influence of information communication technologies (ICT) on government, public administration, public policy and the public sector in general. The main focus and differentiation is not only discovering some of the special challenges originating from the CEE region, but also contributing to the general discourses on digital transformation of citizens, institutions and governance.

Specific goals for 2018:
1. Digital service innovation: How various ICT and digital technologies are used in transforming processes, structures, stakeholder relations etc. in order to innovate government and public service delivery.
2. E-participation: How ICT enhances democratic processes, collaboration, co-creation and by doing so how e-solutions contribute to building better communities. Within this stream of research we are especially looking for cases, empirical findings relating to local governments and communities on how more active and effective citizens´ involvement can be achieved.
3. Social media use in the field of e-government and e-governance: Innovative use of social media in local or central government practices, communication processes, service delivery and in citizens’ engagement.
Beyond these specific topics, the Working Group is also open to contributions on other evergreen aspects of e-governance research, such as the concepts of open data, challenges of privacy and security, transparency and new dilemmas of multi-level governance.

Paper: Cost Analysis of the Estonian Municipal Elections
Author(s):
David Duenas-Cid, Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia
Robert Krimmer, Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia
Iuliia Krivonosova, Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia
Presenter(s):
David Duenas-Cid, Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia

Paper: Digital School Administration: Productive, destructive or irrelevant for Interaction?
Author/Presenter:
Johan Sandén, Sodertorn University, Huddinge, Sweden

Paper: Patterns of Social-Media Use in the Local Governments in selected CEE Countries
Author(s):
David Spacek, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
Nicolae Urs, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Andras Nemeslaki, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Budapest, Hungary
Mihály Csótó, National University of Public Service, Budapest, Hungary
Tina Jukic, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Presenter(s):
Nicolae Urs, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Paper: A stepping Stone to new Generation of proactive Disclosure of Information of Public Importance in Serbia
Author(s):
Sanja Nasevski, Belgrade Open School, Belgrade, Serbia
Presenter(s):
Vanja Dolapcev, Belgrade Open School, Belgrade, Serbia

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
Author(s):
Jesse Campbell, Incheon National University, Incheon, Republic of Korea
Tobin Im, Seoul National University
Presenter(s):
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
Author(s):
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
Presenter(s):
Ion Muschei, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi, Romania, IASI, Romania

Thursday, May 24, 2018            14:00 - 15:30

IV. Working Group on Regional Cooperation and Inter-regional Development 
Session 1: Regional Development, its Quality and Strategy
Room Room III.11 – G. Ibrăileanu 1st floor
Related to IV. Regional Development and Inter-regional
WG Programme Coordinators:
Alexey Barabashev, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russian Federation
The aim of the Working Group on Regional Development and Inter-regional Co-operation is to identify, explore and disseminate new research within the broad field of regional governance and create a platform for academics and practitioners to debate and advance new scholarship and solutions to pressing issues. Our main focus is on the theory and practice of regional development and inter-regional cooperation on different levels (from state to local, municipal) and aspects (administrative in its relations with social, economic, cultural), to cover the history and good practices of the process.


In 2018 the Working Group concentrates on the effects of social and political uncertainty on regional governance and inter-regional co-operation, and bring the work under the umbrella title of: "Regional Governance in Uncertain Times”.

We are therefore inviting contributions that broadly fall within the following topics:
●the challenges to regional governance in an age of social and political uncertainty;
●regional and municipal cooperation as a catalyst for regional development;
●the role of cooperative regional clusters in Europe and neighbouring countries in promoting good governance.

Paper: Local Municipal Strategic Planning in Russia: Present Conditions and Empirical Testing
Author(s):
Alexey Barabashev, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russian Federation
Sergey Semenov, National University of Science and Technology (MISiS), Moscow, Russian Federation
Presenter(s):
Alexey Barabashev, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russian Federation

Paper: Study of Labor Market Flexibility in CEE Countries
Author(s):
Ana-Maria Bercu, University "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" Iasi, Iasi, Romania
Ana Iolanda Voda, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi, Romania, IASI, Romania
Presenter(s):
Ana-Maria Bercu, University "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" Iasi, Iasi, Romania

Paper: Quality of Governance and EU Regional Policy. Evidence from Bulgaria.
Author/Presenter:
Elena Kalfova, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, Sofia, Bulgaria

Thursday, May 24, 2018            14:00 - 15:30

X. Working Group on Non-Governmental Organizations in Central and Eastern Europe 
Session 1: NGO Operations and Performance
Room Room III.9 – Matei Cantacuzino 1st floor
Related to X. Non-Governmental Organizations in CEE
WG Programme Coordinators:
Michael Brintnall, Montgomery College, Rockville, United States
Gyorgy Hajnal, Corvinus University of Budapest and Centre for Social Research of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (CSR HAS), Budapest, Hungary
Reka Zsuzsanna Mathe, National University of Public Service, Budapest, Hungary
The Working Group’s aims are to better understand the role of NGOs in governance in the CEE region (in the geographically broad sense), to analyse the activities and performance of this sector, and to explore multi-sector strategies for meeting the public interest, amongst other things. Our definition of NGOs is broad and involves informal organisations, cooperatives, non-profits, civil society organisations, and so forth. Our focus is particularly on those NGOs whose mission is strongly related to the public interest and that work in the areas of governance, social and health services, public policy, citizen participation, human rights, and/or humanitarian aid. We also intend to explore the role that NGOs play – independently and in multi-sector collaboration with government institutions – in defining and achieving the public good.

The main theme of the Working Group on NGOs panel for the 2018 conference is the relationship between the state and the third sector regarding service delivery, broadly understood.

The WG is especially interested in learning about the following topics:
- What is the role of NGOs in delivering services at the national and local level in CEE countries?
- What are examples of existing cooperation between NGOs and national and/or local government in the region to deliver services in various policy arenas?
- How is such cooperation between various NGOs and the state occurring, and how do various countries compare to each other in this respect?What prompted this cooperation to occur and what form does it take?
- How is such cooperation – its process, outcomes, and success – influenced by government policy, legislation, financial support and public attitudes?
- How does this cooperation influence the internal structure and operational procedures of NGOs? What factors in NGO practices or structure facilitate or impede the success of collaboration with government?
- What methods of measurement are used in evaluating organisation and programme performance with respect to service delivery and inter-sector cooperation?

Paper: What are the Best Practices of Good Governance for Operating the Nonprofit Organization in the Czech Republic?
Author/Presenter:
Dina Abdelhafez, Charles University, Prague 1, Czech Republic

Paper: Nongovernmental and Public Organisations – Learning Organisations. Methods, Results and Impact
Author(s):
Corina Georgiana Antonovici, National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania
Carmen Savulescu, National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania
Cristina Sandu, National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania
Presenter(s):
Corina Georgiana Antonovici, National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania

Paper: Harm Reduction Services in V4: Barriers and Challenges in Effective Service Delivery
Author/Presenter:
Iga Kender-Jeziorska, Corvinus University of Budapest, Budapest, Hungary

Thursday, May 24, 2018            15:30 - 16:00

Coffee Break 
Room Sala Pașilor Pierduți  Ground floor - Hall of Echoing Footsteps

Thursday, May 24, 2018            16:00 - 17:30

General Session 
Session 1: The Agenda for Good Governance: Dealing with Inequality, Legal Disputes, Corruption and Fiscal Sustainability
Room Room III.9 – Matei Cantacuzino 1st floor
Related to General Session
WG Programme Coordinators:
Marius Profiroiu, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania
Eka Akobia, Caucasus University, Tbilisi, Georgia

In order to include a wide array of potential contributors and to make the NISPAcee Annual Conference even more attractive to Public Administration and Policy scholars, experts, and practitioners and to further enhance its position as one of the most important meetings in the field internationally, the NISPAcee Annual Conference again includes General Sessions, in which papers that cover topics, which go beyond the conference or working group themes, can be presented.

Paper: Inequality of Income: Causes and Consequences
Author/Presenter:
Donald Fuller, American University of Armenia, Yerevan, Armenia

Paper: The Process of Separation of Ownership in Co-owned Companies of the Tel Aviv Municipality and the State of Israel - Case Study
Author(s):
Avi Ketko, Tel Aviv Municipality, Tel Aviv, Israel
Maria Viorica Bedrule-Grigoruta, University "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" Iasi, Iasi, Romania
Presenter(s):
Avi Ketko, Tel Aviv Municipality, Tel Aviv, Israel

Paper: When does Transparency mobilize Citizens against Corruption?
Author(s):
Marius Profiroiu, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania
Gregory Porumbescu, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, United States
Presenter(s):
Marius Profiroiu, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania

Paper: Fiscal Responsibility Legal Framework - New Paradigm for Sustainability in the EU
Author(s):
Mihaela Tofan, University "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" Iasi, Iasi, Romania
Anca Florentina Vatamanu, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi, Romania, IASI, Romania
Presenter(s):
Mihaela Tofan, University "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" Iasi, Iasi, Romania

Thursday, May 24, 2018            16:00 - 17:30

I. Working Group on Local Government 
Session 2: Local Actors and Decision Making
Room Sala Ferdinand 1st floor
Related to I. Working Group on Local Government
WG Programme Coordinators:
Michiel de Vries, Radboud University Nijmegen, Nijmegen, Netherlands
Ilona Palne Kovacs, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary

Paper: How to become a Mayor? Mayors´ Careers, Behaviour and Seniority
Author(s):
Joanna Krukowska, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
Aistė Lazauskienė, Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania
Jérémy Dodeigne
Presenter(s):
Joanna Krukowska, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland

Paper: Vertical and horizontal power relations of European mayors – does the size of a municipality matter?
Author(s):
Marta Lackowska, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
Pawel Swianiewicz, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
Presenter(s):
Pawel Swianiewicz, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland

Paper: Political and Administrative Relations in Municipalities with Cohabitation in Poland
Author(s):
Monika Sidor, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin, Poland
Justyna Wasil, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin, Poland
Katarzyna Kuc-Czajkowska, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin, Poland
Presenter(s):
Monika Sidor, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin, Poland

Paper: Determinants of Competitiveness in Mayoral Elections in Slovakia
Author(s):
Matus Sloboda, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia
Tomas Cernenko, University of Economics of Bratislava, Bratislava, Slovakia
Presenter(s):
Matus Sloboda, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia

Paper: Efficiency Estimation of Public Authorities Activity in the Region: The Case of Russian Federation
Author(s):
Irina Glebova, Kazan Federal University, Kazan, Russian Federation
Nailya Bagautdinova, Kazan Federal University, Kazan, Russian Federation
O.V.Polyakova
Presenter(s):
Irina Glebova, Kazan Federal University, Kazan, Russian Federation

Thursday, May 24, 2018            16:00 - 17:30

III. Working Group on Public Administration Reform 
Session 2: Innovation(s) in Public Sector: Lessons learnt
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

Paper: Sustainable and inclusive Innovation? – How the Quintuple Helix Model works in Practice
Author/Presenter:
Judit Szakos, National University of Public Service, Budapest, Hungary

Paper: "It takes two?": Analyzing the Roles of Governments, Universities and NGOs in generating Local Innovative Projects in Romania
Author(s):
Diana - Camelia Iancu, National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania
Mihai Ungureanu, National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania
Presenter(s):
Diana - Camelia Iancu, National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania

Paper: Knowledge-based Economy, Public Administration and Legitimacy: Possible Linkages
Author/Presenter:
Emilija Tudzarovska Gjorgjievska, Charles University, Prague 1, Czech Republic

Paper: Ministerial Advisory Centres in Slovak Republic: Accounts of Governing and the Boundary between Politics and Impartial Expertise
Author(s):
Michal Sedlacko, University of Applied Science FH Campus Wien, Vienna, Austria
Katarina Staronova, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia
Presenter(s):
Michal Sedlacko, University of Applied Science FH Campus Wien, Vienna, Austria

Paper: I.D.E.A.S. - Inclusion.Diversity.Equality.Awareness.Success.
Author/Presenter:
Adriana Circiumaru, National Agency of Civil Servants, Bucharest, Romania

Thursday, May 24, 2018            16:00 - 17:30

V. Working Group on Public Finance and Financial Management 
Session 1: Macro Public Finance
Room Room III.11 – G. Ibrăileanu 1st floor
Related to V. Public Finance and Management
WG Programme Coordinators:
Lucie Sedmihradska, University of Economics of Prague, Prague , Czech Republic
Juraj Nemec, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
Aleksander Aristovnik, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
The Working Group on Public Finance and Public Finance Management provides, within the framework of NISPAcee, a platform for researchers dealing with public finance, budgeting, taxation, fiscal policy and financial management of the public sector.

The WG on Public Finance and Public Finance Management accepted contributions within two research tracks for this year´s conference:
(1) General track which follows the main theme of the conference – Public Administration for Well-being and Growth, and
(2) Specialised track: Burning Issue in Local Government Finance in a ‘named’ Country.

Both tracks correspond to the objectives of the WG for 2018:
- To provide an open and stimulating environment for the presentation and discussion of papers dealing with economic aspects of the main conference theme.
- To identify and justify what the major burning issues facing local government finance are and/or their transition in the respective countries.
- To discuss and share views and challenges from different perspectives by using contemporary theoretical and empirical tools and methods.
- To suggest a series of topics that can be explored by the WG in years to come.

Paper: Contractual Framework for Public Expenditures as a Budgetary Tool
Author/Presenter:
Ioana Maria Costea, University "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" Iasi, Iasi, Romania

Paper: The Costs of Compliance with Environmental Regulations: New Evidence for 23 EU Countries
Author(s):
Žiga Kotnik, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Presenter(s):
Ioana Maria Costea, University "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" Iasi, Iasi, Romania

Paper: Public and Private Funds in National Economic Development in Hungary
Author(s):
Gyorgyi Nyikos, National University of Public Service, Budapest, Hungary
Gabor Soos, Centre for Social Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary
Presenter(s):
Gyorgyi Nyikos, National University of Public Service, Budapest, Hungary

Paper: How relevant is Fiscal Decentralization for Economic Growth? The Case of EU Countries
Author(s):
Elena Cigu, University "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" Iasi, Iasi, Romania
Irina Bilan, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi, Romania, IASI, Romania
Presenter(s):
Elena Cigu, University "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" Iasi, Iasi, Romania

Thursday, May 24, 2018            16:00 - 17:30

VI. Working Group on Public Policy Analysis Development Issues 
Session 1: Implementing Public Policy Analysis Procedures into Practice
Room Room III.12 - A. Philippide 1st floor
Related to VI. Public Policy Analysis Development
WG Programme Coordinators:
Jaroslav Dvorak, Klaipeda University, Klaipeda, Lithuania
Mihaela Victorita Carausan, National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania
The Working Group remains a constructive, solid, learning forum for academics, policymakers and other stakeholders in exchanging experiences on how academics can meet the urgent needs of public servants, civil society in practice-oriented, evidence-based studies in preparing and promoting relevant policy advice as well as in upgrading academic and training programmes in public policy analysis and encouraging the transfer of knowledge on public policy in Central and Eastern Europe.

The goal of the Working group for the discussion in 2018: What does the existing CEE experience tell us about the contribution of public policies to sustainable well-being and growth?

The contributions were welcome to focus on:
- Towards evidence-based, participatory decision-making and the use of evaluation results (what are the effects and for whom?);
- EU Macro regional governance systems and capacities in making decisions and achieving wellbeing and growth;
- What improvements in the performance management, strategic management approaches, methods, techniques, tools, results and impact assessment are needed for the promotion of sustainable growth?;
- Demand of collaborative governance approaches and diffusion of power to networks, city to city networks for regional growth;
- Performance reporting at national and CEE level.

Paper: Administrative Capacity Building for Better Regulation
Author(s):
Veli Kreci, South East European University, Tetovo, Republic of North Macedonia
Memet Memeti, South East European University, Tetovo, Republic of North Macedonia
Presenter(s):
Veli Kreci, South East European University, Tetovo, Republic of North Macedonia

Paper: Monitoring and Evaluation – Challenges for the Romanian Public Procurement System
Author(s):
Mihaela Victorita Carausan, National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania
Anca Dobre, National Council for Solving Complaints, Bucharest, Romania
Presenter(s):
Mihaela Victorita Carausan, National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania

Paper: Performance Indicators as Tools of Good Governance: Case of Ukraine
Author(s):
Olexandr Kilievych, National Academy of Public Administration under the President of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine
Lesya Ilchenko-Syuyva, National Academy of Public Administration under the President of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine
Presenter(s):
Olexandr Kilievych, National Academy of Public Administration under the President of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine

Paper: Linking Policy Capacity and Policy Convergence in Comparative Studies
Author/Presenter:
Tatiana-Camelia Dogaru (Cruceanu), National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania

Thursday, May 24, 2018            16:00 - 17:30

VII. Working Group on Public Administration Education 
Session 1
Room Sala Senatului 1st floor
Related to VII. Public Administration Education
WG Programme Coordinators:
Calin Hintea, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Roger Hamlin, Michigan State University, East Lansing, United States
The aim of the Working Group is Public Administration Education in its broadest sense (curriculum development, curriculum technology, e-learning, teaching technology, best practices, research on education, quality assurance, modern management of public administration programmes, international accreditation, a.s.o.).

The Working Group also focuses on those interested in the management of public administration education because they are in charge of public administration programmes, manage public administration departments or like to share experiences with public administration teaching.

For the conference 2018 a special focus on strategic issues related to the development of public administration programmes in Europe and the US and the connection between good PA programmes and better community development is proposed.

Paper: Understanding Public Affairs Education in post-communist countries. An inventory of attributes with potential causal explanations.
Author/Presenter:
Gyorgy Gajduschek, Corvinus University of Budapest, Budapest, Hungary

Paper: The existing Gaps and Similarities between Universities-Employers-Students-Alumni Perception regarding University Programs and Market Demand in the Central Region and Bucharest-Ilfov Region of Romania
Author/Presenter:
Alexandru Pavel, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Paper: The Comparative Analysis of the State Policy in the Sphere of the Education of Police Leaders in Great Britain and in Russia (XXI Century)
Author/Presenter:
Goulya Nurlybaeva, The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Moscow, Russian Federation

Paper: Factors determining the Choice of Public Administration as a Profession in modern Russia. Does Gender matter?
Author/Presenter:
Valeriya Utkina, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russian Federation

Thursday, May 24, 2018            18:45 - 18:45

Transfer by Bus from the University and Hotel Unirea to the Botanical Garden 
Room Departure point: Unirea Hotel  nr. 5, Piața Unirii, Iași
The conference participants are welcome to come to the Botanical garden individually or they can use the bus leaving from the University or Hotel Unirea.

Thursday, May 24, 2018            19:00 - 22:00

Welcome Cocktail 
Room Botanical Garden Iasi

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Thursday, May 24, 2018            22:00 - 22:00

Transfer by Bus from the Botanical Garden 
Room Botanical Garden Iasi

The conference participants can leave the welcome cocktail individually or they can use the bus leaving from the Botanical garden at 22:00.

Friday, May 25, 2018            9:00 - 10:30

General Session 
Session 2: Providing Services for the Vulnerable: Children, Youth and the Asylum Seekers
Room Room III.9 – Matei Cantacuzino 1st floor
Related to General Session
WG Programme Coordinators:
Marius Profiroiu, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania
Eka Akobia, Caucasus University, Tbilisi, Georgia

Paper: Policy of free Lunches for Children from Unprivileged Families in the Czech Republic – Discourses and Frames
Author/Presenter:
Kamila Vlckova, Charles University, Prague 1, Czech Republic

Paper: The Asylum Procedure and its Institutional Context: Dehumanization and Alienation in Bureaucratic Practice
Author(s):
Michal Sedlacko, University of Applied Science FH Campus Wien, Vienna, Austria
Julia Dahlvik, University of Applied Science FH Campus Wien, Vienna, Austria
Presenter(s):
Michal Sedlacko, University of Applied Science FH Campus Wien, Vienna, Austria

Paper: Performance Measurement in Public Universities in Romania – Status and future Trends
Author/Presenter:
Camelia Cojocaru, University of Bucharest, Bucharest 2, Romania

Paper: Government and Governance under Pressure of Political and Legal Constitutionalism
Author/Presenter:
Istvan Stumpf, Szechenyi Istvan University, Gyor, Hungary

Paper: Relevance of Ethical Principles in Managerial Decisions in Romanian Public Hospitals
Author(s):
Marinela Carmen Pesclevei, University "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" Iasi, Iasi, Romania
Daniela-Tatiana Agheorghiesei, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi, Romania, IASI, Romania
Presenter(s):
Marinela Carmen Pesclevei, University "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" Iasi, Iasi, Romania

Friday, May 25, 2018            9:00 - 10:30

I. Working Group on Local Government 
Session 3: Local Services and Infrastructure
Room Sala Ferdinand 1st floor
Related to I. Local Government - Local Services and Infrastructure
WG Programme Coordinators:
Daniel Klimovsky, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia
"Smart city policies” are considered to be one of the most powerful tools to deal with contemporary urban challenges, to lead sustainable growth and to ameliorate citizens’ lifestyle. The implementation of such policies is not so easy and is posing important technological, economic and regulatory challenges to local administrators as well as decision-makers. The main aim of the session is to analyse how traditional and innovative urban services and infrastructures have been implemented and reorganised, what instruments/tools have been adopted and what intended or unintended results have been obtained.

Paper: Public Service is Best when People do not talk about It
Author/Presenter:
Mirko Pecaric, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Paper: Smart City Attitudes of Hungarian Cities
Author/Presenter:
Mihaly Lados, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary

Friday, May 25, 2018            9:00 - 10:30

III. Working Group on Public Administration Reform 
Session 3: Challenges to Public Sector Development in Europe and Central Asia
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

Paper: Public Sector Reform in Central Asia and the Caucasus
Author/Presenter:
Colin Knox, Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan

Paper: Migration Governance and Shadow Economy in Russia
Author/Presenter:
Rustamjon Urinboyev, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

Paper: Institutional Changes in Public Service Delivery: Methodological Approach for Performance Evaluating and Case of one Siberian Region
Author/Presenter:
Evgeny Kapoguzov, Omsk State University. F.M. Dostoyevsky, Omsk, Russian Federation

Paper: Empirical Insight on the Implementation of the Law on the Transparency of the Decision-Making Process
Author/Presenter:
Bianca Radu, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Paper: Changing Patterns of Performance Management Appraisal in Civil Service: An Outlook on 16 European Countries
Author(s):
Katarina Staronova, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia
Gyorgy Hajnal, Corvinus University of Budapest and Centre for Social Research of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (CSR HAS), Budapest, Hungary
Presenter(s):
Gyorgy Hajnal, Corvinus University of Budapest and Centre for Social Research of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (CSR HAS), Budapest, Hungary

Friday, May 25, 2018            9:00 - 10:30

V. Working Group on Public Finance and Financial Management 
Session 2: Local Government Finance
Room Room III.11 – G. Ibrăileanu 1st floor
Related to V. Public Finance and Management
WG Programme Coordinators:
Lucie Sedmihradska, University of Economics of Prague, Prague , Czech Republic
Juraj Nemec, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
Aleksander Aristovnik, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Paper: Determinants of Financial Efficiency for Romanian Local Counties
Author(s):
Dan Lupu, University "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" Iasi, Iasi, Romania
Mihaela Onofrei, University "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" Iasi, Iasi, Romania
Presenter(s):
Dan Lupu, University "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" Iasi, Iasi, Romania

Paper: The Development Regions of Romania and Local Revenue Collection Levels between 2008 and 2011
Author/Presenter:
Octavian Moldovan, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Paper: Fragmentation of Czech Local Government and Territorial Public Administration Structures
Author(s):
Lucie Sedmihradska, University of Economics of Prague, Prague , Czech Republic
Lucie Kabelova, University of Economics of Prague, Prague , Czech Republic
Presenter(s):
Lucie Sedmihradska, University of Economics of Prague, Prague , Czech Republic

Paper: Political Business Cycle in Policies of Tariffs for Local Public Services: Comparison of Poland and Bulgaria
Author(s):
Pawel Swianiewicz, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
Desislava Kalcheva, Independent Researcher, Sofia, Bulgaria
Anna Kurniewicz, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
Presenter(s):
Pawel Swianiewicz, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
Desislava Kalcheva, Independent Researcher, Sofia, Bulgaria

Paper: Public Support for R&D Investment and its Effects on Firms’ R&D Expenditures: Evidence from Slovenia
Author(s):
Dejan Ravselj, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Aleksander Aristovnik, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Presenter(s):
Aleksander Aristovnik, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Friday, May 25, 2018            9:00 - 10:30

VI. Working Group on Public Policy Analysis Development Issues 
Session 2: Regional and Sectoral Public Policy Making
Room Room III.12 - A. Philippide 1st floor
Related to VI. Public Policy Analysis Development
WG Programme Coordinators:
Jaroslav Dvorak, Klaipeda University, Klaipeda, Lithuania
Mihaela Victorita Carausan, National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania

Paper: The Dynamic Simulation - The appropriate Lens of Evidence-based Policy
Author(s):
Cristina Elena Nicolescu, National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania
Teodora Bitoiu, National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania
Crina Radulescu, National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania
Presenter(s):
Crina Radulescu, National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania

Paper: How a small City is stimulating Creativity and Innovation: The Case Study of Ljubljana and selected European Cities
Author(s):
Sabina Bogilović, Faculty of Administration, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Primoz Pevcin, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Presenter(s):
Primoz Pevcin, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Paper: Regional Policy for Inclusive Development of the Districts of Bulgaria
Author/Presenter:
Maria Kotseva-Tikova, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, Sofia, Bulgaria

Paper: Policy Changes and Public Utilities: The Effect of Public Private Partnership Act on the Reorganization of Local Public Enterprises in Slovenia
Author(s):
Veronika Petkovsek, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Primoz Pevcin, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Presenter(s):
Primoz Pevcin, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Paper: Climate Change Strategies of Polish Regions – What has changed?
Author(s):
Katarzyna Szmigiel-Rawska, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
Anna Dabrowska, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
Presenter(s):
Katarzyna Szmigiel-Rawska, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland

Friday, May 25, 2018            9:00 - 10:30

VII. Working Group on Public Administration Education 
Session 2
Room Sala Senatului 1st floor
Related to VII. Public Administration Education
WG Programme Coordinators:
Calin Hintea, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Roger Hamlin, Michigan State University, East Lansing, United States

Paper: Addressing the Challenges of Public Service in Disrupted States: Possibilities for Public Service Education
Author/Presenter:
Jack Meek, NASPAA President, University of La Verne, La Verne, United States

Paper: Strengthening Governmental Effectiveness through improved Public Administration Education and Training: The United Nations / IASIA Task Force and the Creation of the International Commission on Public Administration Education and Training (ICAPA)
Author(s):
Allan Rosenbaum, ASPA International Director of National Council and Past President , Florida International University, Miami, Florida, United States
Polya Katsamunska, University of National and World Economy, Sofia, Bulgaria
Presenter(s):
Allan Rosenbaum, ASPA International Director of National Council and Past President , Florida International University, Miami, Florida, United States

Paper: Professional Profile Design: Key Competences on Public Administration Initial Education – An Application to Managerial and Administrative Assistance’s Specialisation
Author(s):
Oana Iucu, University of Bucharest, Bucharest 2, Romania
Magdalena Iordache-Platis, University of Bucharest, Bucharest 2, Romania
Presenter(s):
Magdalena Iordache-Platis, University of Bucharest, Bucharest 2, Romania

Paper: International Accreditation: Signalling Trends in PA Education
Author/Presenter:
Taco Brandsen, EAPAA (European Association for Public Administration Accreditation), Enschede, Netherlands

Friday, May 25, 2018            10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break 
Room Sala Pașilor Pierduți  Ground floor - Hall of Echoing Footsteps

Friday, May 25, 2018            11:00 - 12:30

EAPAA Panel - European Association for Public Administration Accreditation 
Room Sala Senatului 1st floor
Related to EAPAA panel
Chair: Taco Brandsen, EAPAA (European Association for Public Administration Accreditation), Enschede, Netherlands 
Co-chair: Juraj Nemec, EAPAA Board member, former member of the EAPAA Accreditation Committee, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
Speaker: Calin Hintea, EAPAA Accreditation Committee member, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Speaker: Bogdana Neamtu, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Speaker: Marius Profiroiu, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania
Speaker: Gyorgy Hajnal, EAPAA Accreditation Committee member , Corvinus University of Budapest and Centre for Social Research of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (CSR HAS), Budapest, Hungary

The goal of this panel will be to discuss the perspectives and benefits of EAPAA accreditation and certification in the CEE region. The specific goal of the panel will be to discuss relations between accreditation and certification, the way in which we decide when to apply for certification as the final goal, certification as the pre-step towards accreditation or directly for accreditation.   

 

The panel will also discuss strategic issues in the management of PA programmes, including the internationalisation of the programmes and their staff, structural changes of curricula (national versus international) and the effects of new technologies on PA teaching. Opportunities for an acceptation of the EAPAA accreditation by national accreditation bodies will also be reviewed.




Friday, May 25, 2018            11:00 - 12:30

ReSPA Panel 
Supporting Public Administration Reform (PAR) through Regional Cooperation in Western Balkans
Room Sala Ferdinand 1st floor
Related to ReSPA panel
Chair: Zorana Gajic, ReSPA (Regional School of Public Administration), Danilovgrad, Montenegro 

ReSPA Video Presentation
Author/Presenter:
Zorana Gajic, ReSPA (Regional School of Public Administration), Danilovgrad, Montenegro

ReSPA Achievements and Current Activities in Western Balkans
Author/Presenter:
Zorana Gajic, ReSPA (Regional School of Public Administration), Danilovgrad, Montenegro

ReSPA Study: Case-law of the European Court of Human Rights Applicable in Administrative Disputes
Author/Presenter:
Selma Dzihanovic-Gratz, Ministry of Justice of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

ReSPA Study: Recommendation on Public Participation in Policy-making Process
Author/Presenter:
Selma Dzihanovic-Gratz, Ministry of Justice of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

ReSPA Study: Quality Management in Public Administration and Public Services in Western Balkans
Author/Presenter:
Jahi Jahija, ReSPA Governing Board Member, Ministry of Information Society and Administration of the Republic of Macedonia, Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia

ReSPA Study: Methodological Guide for Costing of Government Strategies
Author/Presenter:
Jahi Jahija, ReSPA Governing Board Member, Ministry of Information Society and Administration of the Republic of Macedonia, Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia

ReSPA Study: Implementation of Merit Recruitment Procedures for Public Service
Author/Presenter:
Zorana Gajic, ReSPA (Regional School of Public Administration), Danilovgrad, Montenegro

ReSPA’s New Strategic Framework 2019-2024
Author/Presenter:
Zorana Gajic, ReSPA (Regional School of Public Administration), Danilovgrad, Montenegro

Friday, May 25, 2018            11:00 - 12:30

Panel on Management and Leadership in the Public Sector 
Room Room III.12 - A. Philippide 1st floor
Related to Management and Leadership in the Public Sector
WG Programme Coordinators:
Camelia Cojocaru, University of Bucharest, Bucharest 2, Romania
Magdalena Iordache-Platis, University of Bucharest, Bucharest 2, Romania
Management and leadership topics been dealt with from different angles in the last decades. Strategic human resources management, as well as public leadership challenges are on the agenda of the European Union.
What makes good management in the public sector?
Is strategic and visionary leadership at the core of management in the public sector? Combining these elements in the best possible manner is a prerequisite for results in public organizations.
Within this framework, contributions were invited discussing the implications related to different public organizations management and leadership, from health to education, central or local administration, without limiting the potential spectrum of interest. Particular attention is paid to empirical research for transition economies in general and the case of Central and Eastern Europe in particular.

Paper: Enhancing Leadership in the Public Sector; specific Competences and Determinants in the sharing Economy
Author(s):
Magdalena Iordache-Platis, University of Bucharest, Bucharest 2, Romania
Oana Iucu, University of Bucharest, Bucharest 2, Romania
Presenter(s):
Magdalena Iordache-Platis, University of Bucharest, Bucharest 2, Romania

Paper: Transferring University Research to Innovation Hubs - A Managerial Approach
Author/Presenter:
Camelia Cojocaru, University of Bucharest, Bucharest 2, Romania

Paper: New Trends for Application Interoperability in Romania - Use of IT&C in Crisis Management and Emergency Medicine
Author(s):
Camelia Cojocaru, University of Bucharest, Bucharest 2, Romania
Silviu Cojocaru, University of Bucharest, Bucharest 2, Romania
Presenter(s):
Camelia Cojocaru, University of Bucharest, Bucharest 2, Romania

Friday, May 25, 2018            12:30 - 14:00

Lunch 
Room University Cantina Titu Maiorescu Strada Titu Maiorescu 7-9, Iași

Friday, May 25, 2018            14:00 - 15:30

Panel on Public Sector Coordination in CEE and Beyond 
Room Sala Ferdinand 1st floor
Related to Public Sector Coordination
WG Programme Coordinators:
Külli Sarapuu, Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia
Public sector coordination has become one of the key issues in contemporary public administration discourse. Governments worldwide have introduced new coordination arrangements to counteract ‘siloization’, integrate different parts of the public sector, foster joint problem-solving across organizational boundaries and to increase government capacity. In various contexts these processes have been different. However, the available studies on public sector coordination and core executive dynamics mostly come from long-established democracies, Western Europe or countries with an Anglo-American administrative tradition. There is considerably less knowledge available on coordination in the NISPAcee area. Although the coordination issues have been discussed in several NISPAcee working groups, especially the working group on politico-administrative relations, there is a noticeable gap in covering the more recent developments. The panel aims to fill this gap.

Paper: The Public Policy Process and the Interests and Actors Around
Author/Presenter:
Laszlo Vass, Budapest Metropolitan University, Budapest, Hungary

Paper: Policy Learning from Crisis in Financial Regulation and Supervision: Overcoming Coordination Challenges?
Author(s):
Ringa Raudla, Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia
Aleksandrs Cepilovs, Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia
Egert Juuse, Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia
Presenter(s):
Ringa Raudla, Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia

Paper: Firm Hierarchy or joined-up Government? Coordination in Polish Government Administration
Author/Presenter:
Jowanka Jakubek-Lalik, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland

Paper: Core Executive in Central and Eastern Europe: Planning Government Work in Estonia
Author/Presenter:
Külli Sarapuu, Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia

Friday, May 25, 2018            14:00 - 15:30

Panel on Innovation and Growth in a Smart Public Sector – Grassroots Best Practice 
Room Sala Senatului 1st floor
Related to Innovation and Growth in a Smart Public Sector
WG Programme Coordinators:
Diana - Camelia Iancu, National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania
Adriana Circiumaru, National Agency of Civil Servants, Bucharest, Romania

Comparative best practices provide added value to public administration research. Public administration today faces complex challenges: citizens’ trust in government declines around Europe and populism rises; high corruption allegations are widespread across Europe and democratic backsliding in the CEE region is presently abundantly researched. Learning how local and central governments manage to face these challenges, discussing grassroots experiences and results is important for the development and relevance of public administration research.

Protecting the Environment with the Legislation on Prevention and Management of Emergency Situations
Author/Presenter:
Nicolae Drăghiea, egypt, Drobeta Turnu Severin, Romania

Preparing Local Governments for Data Protection Reform in Austria, Bulgaria, Greece, Latvia, Romania and Slovakia
Author/Presenter:
Catalin Dumitrica, National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania

Means and Methods to develop small and medium sized Farms
Author(s):
Carmen-Elena Radu, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Romania, BUCHAREST, Romania
Eduard Elefteriu, Romania
Presenter(s):
Carmen-Elena Radu, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Romania, BUCHAREST, Romania

Social Inclusion for Children through Education
Author/Presenter:
Adriana Circiumaru, National Agency of Civil Servants, Bucharest, Romania

Developing Quality and Cost Standards for Public Services in Romania
Author/Presenter:
Octavian Daniel Popa, National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania

Erasmus+ projects in Romanian universities - Case study from NSPSPA
Author/Presenter:
Crina Radulescu, National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania

People from Roman decide! Assessing Citizens’ Satisfaction and their Involvement in the decisional Process
Author/Presenter:
Diana - Camelia Iancu, National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania

Friday, May 25, 2018            14:00 - 15:30

Panel on The Impact of Behavioral Economics on Policy-Making 
Room Room III.12 - A. Philippide 1st floor
Related to The Impact of Behavioral Economics on Policy-Making
WG Programme Coordinators:
Camelia Cojocaru, University of Bucharest, Bucharest 2, Romania
Rodica Ianole-Calin, University of Bucharest, Bucharest 2, Romania
The proliferation of public initiatives rooted in behavioral insights has gradually extended from the US towards Europe, with an increasing number of nudge units being established at country levels and significant support exhibited from the European Commission.

Within this framework contributionsare invited discussing implications related to different public policy areas, from health to education, energy, consumption and savings, poverty and inequality, or labor markets, without limiting the potential spectrum of interest. Particular attention is paid to empirical research for transition economies in general and the case of Central and Eastern Europe in particular.

Paper: Taxes and General Public Services. An Empirical Investigation
Author(s):
Sebastian Lazar, University "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" Iasi, Iasi, Romania
Bogdan Gabriel Zugravu, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi, Romania, IASI, Romania
Adina Dornean, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi, Romania, IASI, Romania
Presenter(s):
Sebastian Lazar, University "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" Iasi, Iasi, Romania

Paper: Using Behavioral Economics Insights for Better Decision-Making within the Healthcare System in Romania
Author(s):
Rodica Ianole-Calin, University of Bucharest, Bucharest 2, Romania
Elena Druică, University of Bucharest, Romania
Presenter(s):
Rodica Ianole-Calin, University of Bucharest, Bucharest 2, Romania

Paper: Regulating the Urban Commons: Using Behavioral Insights for Mechanism Design – A Romanian Case Study
Author/Presenter:
Rodica Ianole-Calin, University of Bucharest, Bucharest 2, Romania

Friday, May 25, 2018            15:30 - 16:00

Coffee Break 
Room Sala Pașilor Pierduți  Ground floor - Hall of Echoing Footsteps

Friday, May 25, 2018            16:00 - 17:30

I. Working Group on Local Government 
Session 4: Local and Regional Development
Room Sala Ferdinand 1st floor
Related to I. Working Group on Local Government
WG Programme Coordinators:
Michiel de Vries, Radboud University Nijmegen, Nijmegen, Netherlands
Ilona Palne Kovacs, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary

Paper: The Future of the CLLD / LEADER Method and the Interrelations of Local Government Development Opportunities
Author/Presenter:
Istvan Finta, National University of Public Service, Budapest, Hungary

Paper: Learning to win: The Case of European-funded Projects for the Romanian Rural Municipalities
Author/Presenter:
Anca Monica Marin, Research Institute for Quality of Life, Bucharest, Romania

Paper: County Governments for the Developemnt
Author/Presenter:
Ilona Palne Kovacs, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary

Paper: Public Marketing in Romania: Longitudinal Study on Use of Marketing Tools in Local Government
Author(s):
Tudor Cristian Ticlau, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Cristina Hintea, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Presenter(s):
Tudor Cristian Ticlau, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Paper: The Potential of Municipalities to Foster Local Community
Author/Presenter:
Robert Kovacs, National University of Public Service, Budapest, Hungary

Friday, May 25, 2018            16:00 - 17:30

III. Working Group on Public Administration Reform 
Session 4: Reflections on Public Administration: An Outlook of Theory and Practice
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

Paper: What should the Government do (or not do)? Tasks of Government. A Literature Overview
Author/Presenter:
Veronica Junjan, University of Twente, AE Enschede, Netherlands

Paper: Relation between Politicians and Bureaucrats: The Case of Romania
Author(s):
Bianca Radu, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Liviu Radu, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Presenter(s):
Liviu Radu, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Paper: Reform in the Area of the Governance of Common Issues to large Cities and their urbanized Solutions in the Polish Legal System
Author/Presenter:
Maciej Pisz, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland

Paper: Effects of formalized Selection Proceedings in CEOs´ Allocations to Slovak public Companies
Author(s):
Matus Sloboda, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia
Emilia Sicakova-Beblava, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia
Presenter(s):
Matus Sloboda, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia

Friday, May 25, 2018            16:00 - 17:30

IV. Working Group on Regional Cooperation and Inter-regional Development 
Session 2: Inter-regional Cooperation
Room Room III.11 – G. Ibrăileanu 1st floor
Related to IV. Regional Development and Inter-regional
WG Programme Coordinators:
Alexey Barabashev, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russian Federation

Paper: Intermunicipal Cooperation in Lithuania: Does it always go together with Regional Policy?
Author/Presenter:
Arvydas Mikalauskas, Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania

Paper: Best HR-Practices Competition as a Tool of Interregional Collaboration and Experience Exchange
Author/Presenter:
Tatiana Zaytseva, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russian Federation

Friday, May 25, 2018            16:00 - 17:30

VI. Working Group on Public Policy Analysis Development Issues 
Session 3: Involving Civil Society into Public Policy Making
Room Room III.12 - A. Philippide 1st floor
Related to VI. Public Policy Analysis Development
WG Programme Coordinators:
Jaroslav Dvorak, Klaipeda University, Klaipeda, Lithuania
Mihaela Victorita Carausan, National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania

Paper: Training of Experts for Reforms: The Guarantee of Welfare Public Policy in Ukraine?
Author/Presenter:
Valeriy Tertychka, National University "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy", Kyiv, Ukraine

Paper: Public Participation and spatial planning Policy at the local Level in Poland
Author/Presenter:
Mariusz Sienkiewicz, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin, Poland

Paper: Programming Anticorruption in Lithuania
Author(s):
Jaroslav Dvorak, Klaipeda University, Klaipeda, Lithuania
Gabriele Burbulyte-Tsiskarishvili, Klaipeda University, Klaipeda, Lithuania
Presenter(s):
Jaroslav Dvorak, Klaipeda University, Klaipeda, Lithuania

Paper: How to manage Social Conflict to avoid Political Costs - The Case Study of Conflicts regarding Schools Liquidation in Polish Municipalities
Author/Presenter:
Anna Kolomycew, Rzeszow University, Rzeszow, Poland

Friday, May 25, 2018            16:00 - 17:30

VII. Working Group on Public Administration Education 
Session 3
Room Sala Senatului 1st floor
Related to VII. Public Administration Education
WG Programme Coordinators:
Calin Hintea, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Roger Hamlin, Michigan State University, East Lansing, United States

Paper: The Impact of Operational Programme Administrative Capacity Development (OPACD) on Civil Servants` Training in Romania
Author(s):
Marius Profiroiu, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania
Alina Profiroiu, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania
Gabriela Cretu, National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania
Presenter(s):

Paper: From Student to Public Servant: Evaluating how Romanian Public Administration Programmes meet Market Needs
Author(s):
Marian Zulean, University of Bucharest, Bucharest 2, Romania
Liviu Andreescu, University of Bucharest, Bucharest 2, Romania
David Diaconu, National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania
Presenter(s):
Liviu Andreescu, University of Bucharest, Bucharest 2, Romania

Paper: Aspects of Public Administration Employees Education and Competences Development
Author(s):
Inesa Vorontchuk, University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia
Irena Matuze-Karabesko, University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia
Ineta Lakstigala, University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia
Presenter(s):
Inesa Vorontchuk, University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia

Paper: Building Public Service Motivation – The Role of Public Administration Education
Author(s):
Sorin Dan Sandor, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Simona Claudia Creta, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Presenter(s):
Sorin Dan Sandor, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Friday, May 25, 2018            16:00 - 17:30

IX. Working Group on Change, Transition and Uncertainty 
Room Room III.9 – Matei Cantacuzino 1st floor
Related to IX. Transition, Change and Uncertainty
WG Programme Coordinators:
Gyorgy Gajduschek, Corvinus University of Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
Gyorgyi Nyikos, National University of Public Service, Budapest, Hungary

The Working Group intends to deal with the often unpredictable nature of the CEE/FIS transitional context for public administration.  We hypothesise that the change-uncertainty phenomenon in CEE-FIS countries has a distinctly different character than change phenomena in more stable western contexts. For the 2018 NISPAcee Annual Conference contributions were invited theoretically and empirically examining manifestations of the change-uncertainty phenomenon which is pathologically disruptive to PA systems in one or more CEE/FIS countries and carry implications and consequences for PA performance.

Paper: Change Disturbances and pathological Uncertainty in CEE Public Administration: A conceptual Map and proposed Theory of low administrative Performance
Author(s):
Gyorgy Gajduschek, Corvinus University of Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
Eva Zemandl, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Presenter(s):
Gyorgy Gajduschek, Corvinus University of Budapest, Budapest, Hungary

Paper: Public Administration, the Citizen and adaptive Management
Author/Presenter:
Madalina-Cristina Gogu, National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania

Paper: Women in the Transition in Hungary 1985-1995
Author/Presenter:
Agnes Horvath, Eszterhazy Karoly University, Eger, Hungary

Paper: The Hungarian Experiences with Handling Irregularities in the Use of EU Funds
Author(s):
Gyorgyi Nyikos, National University of Public Service, Budapest, Hungary
Zsuzsanna Kondor, National University of Public Service, Budapest, Hungary
Presenter(s):
Gyorgyi Nyikos, National University of Public Service, Budapest, Hungary

Friday, May 25, 2018            17:45 - 18:45

Business Meeting 
Room Sala Ferdinand 1st floor
Related to Opening Session
Chair: Juraj Nemec, NISPAcee President, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic 
Speaker: Ludmila Gajdosova, NISPAcee Executive Director, NISPAcee, Bratislava , Slovakia
All conference participants are invited to the meeting. NISPAcee members, partners and potential new members are especially invited. The second part of the meeting will be devoted to their presentations and discussions focused on their expectations, ideas and proposals for further NISPAcee development.

Report of activities 2017
Future plans
Financial report
Voting on the NISPAcee Directive on Membership Fees
Elections to the NISPAcee Steering Committee
Membership and opportunities for members
Others

Friday, May 25, 2018            20:00 - 23:00

Flower Party with Live Music  
Room Unirea Restaurant Hotel Unirea, nr. 5, Piața Unirii, Iași
The University has organised, on the first evening, for all conference participants a Welcome Cocktail at the Botanical Garden. We hope that spending time amongst the flowers will put you in a "flowery" mood for the second evening so we have decided to organise a Flower party.
We would like to encourage you to enter into the spirit of this evening by dressing with floral clothes or simply by adding flowers (with a tie, scarf, handbag or jewellery) to your normal clothes. Fresh flowers are also encouraged!
Let's bring Summer to the party!

Saturday, May 26, 2018            9:00 - 10:30

Main Conference Theme 
Session 2: How improved Practices in PA promote Growth and well being
Room Sala Senatului 1st floor
Related to Main Conference Theme
WG Programme Coordinators:
Calin Hintea, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Roger Hamlin, Michigan State University, East Lansing, United States

Paper: Willingness to pay for Public Healthcare – The Cost of Performance and Value
Author(s):
Ioana Teodora Bitoiu, National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania
Florin Marius Popa, National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania
Crina Radulescu, National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania
Presenter(s):
Ioana Teodora Bitoiu, National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania

Paper: The NISPAcee Journal’s Contribution to Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe
Author(s):
Žiga Kotnik, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Polona Kovac, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Presenter(s):
Primoz Pevcin, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Paper: Public Value and Public Value Managers: Implications for different Public Administration Traditions and Systems
Author(s):
Michal Sedlacko, University of Applied Science FH Campus Wien, Vienna, Austria
Julia Dahlvik, University of Applied Science FH Campus Wien, Vienna, Austria
Presenter(s):
Michal Sedlacko, University of Applied Science FH Campus Wien, Vienna, Austria

Saturday, May 26, 2018            9:00 - 10:30

I. Working Group on Local Government 
Session 5: Functional Issues, the Scale of Local Governance
Room Sala Ferdinand 1st floor
Related to I. Working Group on Local Government
WG Programme Coordinators:
Michiel de Vries, Radboud University Nijmegen, Nijmegen, Netherlands
Ilona Palne Kovacs, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary

Paper: Lessons from local Collectivities on improving the Homeless Situation. Comparative Perspective
Author(s):
Cristina Elena Nicolescu, National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania
Ionut-Bogdan Berceanu, National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania
Cezar Corneliu Manda, National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, Faculty of Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania
Presenter(s):
Ionut-Bogdan Berceanu, National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania

Paper: Coping with financial Difficulties of Municipalities – A different Perspective
Author(s):
Iztok Rakar, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Jože Benčina, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Maja Klun, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Presenter(s):
Iztok Rakar, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Paper: The Capacity of Hamlets
Author(s):
Iwona Sobis, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden
Michiel de Vries, Radboud University Nijmegen, Nijmegen, Netherlands
Presenter(s):
Iwona Sobis, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden
Michiel de Vries, Radboud University Nijmegen, Nijmegen, Netherlands

Paper: The Impact of Municipal Territorial Reforms on Economic Performance of Local Governments. Meta-analysis of Existing Academic Studies
Author(s):
Pawel Swianiewicz, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
Adam Gendzwill, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
Anna Kurniewicz, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
Presenter(s):
Pawel Swianiewicz, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland

Saturday, May 26, 2018            9:00 - 10:30

II. Working Group on E-government 
Session 2
Room Room III.12 - A. Philippide 1st floor
Related to II. e-Government
WG Programme Coordinators:
Andras Nemeslaki, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Budapest, Hungary
David Duenas-Cid, Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia

Paper: Methodology for the Calculation of Costs in Multi-Channel Elections
Author(s):
David Duenas-Cid, Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia
Robert Krimmer, Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia
Iuliia Krivonosova, Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia
Presenter(s):
David Duenas-Cid, Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia

Paper: Regulation of Cybersecurity Governance
Author/Presenter:
Tamas Szadeczky, National University of Public Service, Budapest, Hungary

Paper: Advanced Assessment of the Level of Websites´ Development of Chosen Slovak Municipalities
Author/Presenter:
Tomáš Malec, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia

Saturday, May 26, 2018            9:00 - 10:30

V. Working Group on Public Finance and Financial Management 
Session 3
Room Room III.11 – G. Ibrăileanu 1st floor
Related to V. Public Finance and Management
WG Programme Coordinators:
Lucie Sedmihradska, University of Economics of Prague, Prague , Czech Republic
Juraj Nemec, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
Aleksander Aristovnik, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Paper: Local Taxation and Local Economic Development in Hungarian big Cities
Author(s):
Mihaly Lados, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary
Istvan Szabo, Szechenyi Istvan University, Gyor, Hungary
Presenter(s):
Mihaly Lados, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary

Paper: Study on the Budgetary Planning for a Primary Credit Release Authority
Author(s):
Viorel Mihaila, University of Bucharest, Bucharest 2, Romania
Razvan-Mihail Papuc, University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania
Presenter(s):
Viorel Mihaila, University of Bucharest, Bucharest 2, Romania

Paper: The Impact of Health Care Reforms on the Technical Efficiency of Health Systems - Some Empirical Evidence from Central and Eastern European Countries
Author/Presenter:
Sorin Gabriel Anton, University "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" Iasi, Iasi, Romania

Paper: Internal Public Auditing in Romania between 2006 and 2015
Author(s):
Octavian Moldovan, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Cornelia Felicia Macarie, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Presenter(s):
Octavian Moldovan, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Paper: Factors Determining the Efficiency of Public Procurement in Slovakia
Author(s):
Juraj Nemec, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
Matus Grega, University of Matej Bel, Banska Bystrica, Slovakia
Marta Orviska, University of Matej Bel, Banska Bystrica, Slovakia
Presenter(s):
Juraj Nemec, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic

Saturday, May 26, 2018            9:00 - 10:30

X. Working Group on Non-Governmental Organizations in Central and Eastern Europe 
Session 2: NGOs and their Role in Service Delivery
Room Room III.9 – Matei Cantacuzino 1st floor
Related to X. Non-Governmental Organizations in CEE
WG Programme Coordinators:
Michael Brintnall, Montgomery College, Rockville, United States
Gyorgy Hajnal, Corvinus University of Budapest and Centre for Social Research of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (CSR HAS), Budapest, Hungary
Reka Zsuzsanna Mathe, National University of Public Service, Budapest, Hungary

Paper: The Role of NGOs in the Governance of the Bulgarian Energy Sector
Author/Presenter:
Lyubimka Andreeva, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, Sofia, Bulgaria

Paper: NGO’s in the Development Politics in Hungary from the 1990’s until Today
Author/Presenter:
Agnes Horvath, Eszterhazy Karoly University, Eger, Hungary

Paper: Delivering Services to the Homeless. Is Cooperation Possible?
Author/Presenter:
Reka Zsuzsanna Mathe, National University of Public Service, Budapest, Hungary

Saturday, May 26, 2018            10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break 
Room Sala Pașilor Pierduți  Ground floor - Hall of Echoing Footsteps

Saturday, May 26, 2018            11:00 - 12:00

Closing Roundtable 
“The Role of Education and Training in PA for Sustainable Development”
Room Sala Ferdinand 1st floor
Related to Closing Session
Chair: Juraj Nemec, NISPAcee President and the UN CEPA member (Committee of Experts on Public Administration of the United Nations Economic and Social Council,ECOSOC), Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic 
Speaker: John Mary Kauzya, Chief of Public Service Innovation Branch, Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations, New York, United States
Speaker: Allan Rosenbaum, Former UN CEPA member, Florida International University, Miami, Florida, United States
Speaker: Marius Profiroiu, NISPAcee Immediate Past President, Vice-rector, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania

This closing session focuses on the role of PA institutions and programmes in the enhancement of sustainable development, especially the implementation of SDGs, in line with the main theme of the NISPAcee Conference. Universities and training institutions are core to the development of capacities within national public administrations - the session should respond to the questions of how and what should be done for these capacities to be developed in order to implement the 2030 Agenda and achieve sustainable development goals.

 

The contributions of these institutions, especially within the NISPAcee region, and the main challenges they face and how to cope with them will also be discussed.

Saturday, May 26, 2018            12:00 - 12:30

Award Ceremony and Closing of the Conference 
Room Sala Ferdinand 1st floor
Related to Closing Session
Chair: Juraj Nemec, NISPAcee President, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic 

NISPAcee Merit Award
to be presented to
Marius Profiroiu, NISPAcee Immediate Past President and Steering Committee member, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Faculty of Administration and Public Management, Romania,
for his substantial support and contribution to NISPAcee’s development and active participation in NISPAcee's activities.

Award for the Best Graduate Student Paper
Winner: Moldovan Octavian, Department of Public Administration and Management, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Paper: The Development Regions of Romania and Local Revenue Collection Levels between 2008 and 2011

Award for the Best Comparative Paper
Two papers have been selected for the Award:

Winners: Ringa Raudla, Egert Juuse, Aleksandrs  Cepilovs, Ragnar  Nurkse  Department of  Innovation  and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
Paper: Policy Learning from Crisis in Financial Regulation and Supervision: Overcoming Coordination Challenges?

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Winners: Paweł Swianiewicz and Anna Kurniewicz, Department for Local Development and Policy, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw, Poland and Desislava Kalcheva, University of National and World Economy, Sofia, Bulgaria

Paper: The Political Business Cycle in Policies of Tariffs for Local Public Services: A Comparison of Poland and Bulgaria

 

Invitation to the 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2019:
May 24-26, 2019
Prague, Czech Republic

 

 


Saturday, May 26, 2018            14:00 - 22:30

Sightseeing tour from Iasi to Neamț County 
Room Departure point: Unirea Hotel  nr. 5, Piața Unirii, Iași


 

14:00 Departure by buses from Iasi
You will meet with your guide and enjoy a day trip to one of the most beautiful and best preserved rural regions in the country.

 

14:45 - 15:15 Photo break at the garden of Ruginoasa Palace

The palace, which today houses the memorial museum "Alexandru Ioan Cuza”, was built in Neogothic style during the first decade of the nineteenth century after the plans of  Viennese architect Johan Freywald.

 

16:00 - 17:00 Visit of Neamț Citadel

Neamt fortress – an important military and historical attraction built in the 14th Century that survived the siege of Sultan Mehmed II, the conqueror of Constantinople. We will take a stroll up the hill and enjoy the beautiful view offered from this impressive fort. Located at 480 m altitude and named after the nearby river Neamt, the fortress had a strategic position for defending the territory of Moldavia.
In case of a heavy rain the visit of citadel may be cancelled.

 

17:30 - 18:00 – Walk into the medieval orthodox church of Neamț

A jewel of 15th-century architecture, the church was built during Voivode Ştefan cel Mare's reign, in 1497. The facade of the church has all the characteristics of the architecture of the time: Gothic windows and friezes with enameled disks, colored in green, yellow and brown and the interior is reminiscent of the mystical and dark atmosphere of the medieval Moldavia.

Optional, depending on timing:
18:30 - 19:00 - Experience the Folk Art and Mask Museum
Witness their vivid tapestry of old customs, handicrafts and folklore by visiting the Nicolae Popa Museum. The museum was founded in the ‘70s by the local sculptor Nicolae Popa, in his own house and features an impressive collection of masks and ritual costumes used during the Winter Festival in Romania.

19:30 - Dinner in a traditional Romanian Inn / Turkish Auberge „Hanu Ancuței”
The dinner will feature a traditional food experience, accompanied by local Moldavian music „taraf” (band).

22:00 - 22:30 Expected arrival to Iași