The 26th NISPAcee Annual Conference

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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

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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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IX. Working Group on Transition, Change and Uncertainty

WG Programme Coordinators:

György Gajduschek, Corvinus University, Budapest, Hungary


He is a Professor of Public Policy and Administration at Budapest Corvinus University and is a senior research fellow at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Research Centre for Social Sciences. He is also the President of the Public Policy Section of the Hungarian Political Science Association. He has published several papers and books, in both Hungarian and English – amongst others – on the civil service system, law and policy making and implementation in Hungary and in the post-communist region.


Eva Zemandl received her B.A. in International Studies/Economics at Seattle University (USA) and her M.A. in European Public Policy at the University of Kent’s Brussels School of International Studies (Belgium). She is a doctoral candidate at the Central European University in Budapest with the Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations. Her research focuses on how political appointments to public organizations influence organizations, governance, and policy. Her past research includes social policies in European and CEE countries and European Union governance and policy. Her previous experience includes working in the NGO sectors in both Seattle and Brussels in areas such as international trade/business, social and employment policy, and new towns/pilot cities.

Main focus and working aims

This Working Group intends to deal with the often unpredictable nature of the CEE/FIS transitional context for public administration. It will explore the causes and consequences of large-scale changes and prolonged uncertainty (i.e. in a political, economic, and systemic sense, etc.) in CEE/FIS countries on public administration systems and organisations. Undoubtedly, this chaotic environment carries implications for the internal resilience and stability of both newer and more established public organisations.


Specific goals

Since 2014, the organisers of this WG have been constructing a (still a work in progress) theory to explain the phenomenon of systemic change and uncertainty in the public administrations of CEE-FIS systems. We hypothesise that the change-uncertainty phenomenon in CEE-FIS countries has a distinctly different character than change phenomena in more stable western contexts. Moreover, we consider that the nature of change-uncertainty in PA in CEE/FIS differs from expected/foreseen and regular inputs to the system. In other words, this phenomenon is more disruptive and has become pathological. For the 2018 NISPAcee Annual Conference, we invite contributions 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. Of course, we also welcome contributions challenging this perspective.


Guidelines for contributors

We kindly ask that you please:

·Limit paper abstracts to 300 words.

·Provide details of your (either or more) empirical, theoretical, and methodological contribution and elaborate in specific terms how your approach contributes to the overall aims of the WG.

·Please feel free to contact us directly with any questions prior to submission of your proposal: