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News:  Working Group on Transition, Change and Uncertainty

The last meeting of the working group was held on the 25th NISPAcee Annual Conference, Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan, Russian Federation, from May 18-20, 2017.
Next meeting will be held on the 26th NISPAcee Annual Conference, Iasi, Romania, from May 24-26, 2018:

Call for papers 2018


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: gajduschek@gmail.com/ zemandle@ceu.edu

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