The 26th NISPAcee Annual Conference

Conference photos available

Conference photos available

In the conference participated 317 participants

Conference programme published

Almost 250 conference participants from 36 countries participated

Conference Report

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

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

Very well organised, excellent programme and fruitful discussions.

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

The NISPAcee conference remains a very interesting conference.

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

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

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

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

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

Perfect conference. Well organised. Very informative.

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

Excellent conference. Congratulations!

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

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

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

Each information I got, was received perfectly in time!

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

The Conference was very academically fruitful!

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

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III. Working Group on PA Reform
Includes countries in Central, East European, Caucasus, Central Asian Countries in Transition (PARinCEECCA)

WG Programme Coordinators:

Veronica Junjan, Assistant Professor, Department of Public Administration, Faculty of Behavioural, University of Twente, School of Management and Governance, Enschede, The Netherlands

Assistant Professor at the Department of Public Administration, Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Science, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands. Her current research focuses on investigating decision-making processes and public performance management, particularly within the mechanisms and dynamics of public sector reform associated with EU multi-level governance. Since 2008 she has been involved as co-Chair in the coordination of the work of, first the Panel, then the Working Group on Public Administration Reform in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Diana-Camelia Iancu, Senior Lecturer of European Governance, National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, Faculty of Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania

Diana-Camelia Iancu is a Senior Lecturer of European Governance and serves as Dean of the Faculty of Public Administration at the National School of Political Studies and Public Administration. She was public policy consultant for different international donors (OECD, World Bank Group) and managed a European Social Fund project dealing with blended learning and quality assessment of public administration teaching programmes in Romania. Her research interests include international development and administrative capacity building in transitional countries.


Main focus and working aims

Founded in 2007, 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.


Specific goals

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.


Guidelines for contributors

All submitted papers will receive comments and recommendations of the Working Group’s co-chairs. The selection of papers will be based on the relevance of the proposed topics considering the present Call, the pertinence of the research and/or policy proposals as well as the impact on current literature of (comparative) public administration. Preference will be given to analytical papers based on empirical evidence, which support regional and cross-sectoral comparisons. Practitioners are also kindly invited to join the Working Group, by presenting their experience with providing well-being in their respective organisations and countries.