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The 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference
May 24-26, 2019
Prague, Czech Republic

Organized in co-operation with Masaryk University, Brno and Charles University, Prague

Main Conference Theme: "From Policy Design to Policy Practice”
 
For the past several decades, considerable scientific interest and research activity have focused on studying and developing evidence-based public policies and programs intended to produce better outcomes for individuals and societies. In the meantime, the spectrum of policy issues has become more complex - with the fusing levels of governance (from global to European to national to regional and municipal), with the interdependence of actors from public, commercial, civic and media spheres, and with the growing role of networking enhanced by digital technologies. As a result, societal problems and policy trials to solve them are proving to be  of an increasingly complex and despicable nature. This has brought about a higher demand for evidence on policy inputs, outputs and outcomes in the wider environment in which problems arise and answers to these problems have to be found. A trend towards evidence-based policy-making has also increased the role of public administration in various phases of the policy cycle. Whilst the Central and Eastern European (CEE) academics have gradually advanced their knowledge and skills on public administration, policy design and implementation processes have received less attention. This is why the goal of the main theme is to advance the analysis of policy processes in the CEE countries.

We are expecting papers from a wide range of topics which may include, but are not limited to, the following:
•    What are the crucial factors which enhance or hinder policy-making capacity?
•    What are the specific roles of the diverse actors (politicians, legislators, civil servants, experts, journalists, civic activists, and citizens) in the policy-making process, both on political and administrative levels?
•    What are the key barriers and opportunities of policy design and implementation in specific policy agendas and arenas?
•    What are the roles of the three I’s (ideas, interests, information) in policy design? How do "lay” knowledge and expert knowledge fit into the policy-making process?
•    What are the conditions under which public policy is based on evidence? What are the opportunities and limitations of information and data analysis in the improvement of policy-making?
•    What constellations of institutions and actors contribute to policy success or failure?
•    How do constitution, legislation and regulatory processes affect the policy-making process?
•    What are the patterns, causes and consequences of smart technologies and digital governance innovations influencing policy design and implementation (for example, the use of big data, e-participation, crowdsourcing, and policy labs)?
•    What are the opportunities and barriers of policy transfer and policy learning from other countries? What role does public administration play in policy transfer?
•    To what extent do different (democratic/regulatory/authoritarian) forms of governance influence political and administrative practices in CEE?
•    What are the impact, outputs, and outcomes of Europeanization on the policy-making process and implementation in CEE?

This call welcomes papers which will provide theoretical reflections of policy processes, and which will be based on empirical evidence, or call attention to examples of best practices, grounded on the state-of-the-art major theories of public policy and administration. Papers may deal with any issue or topic of interest addressing local, national or international events in the region and elsewhere, or focus on theoretical, conceptual or methodological subjects related to policy studies. The main theme is principally aimed at the examination of policy processes rather than the analysis of substantive policy outputs in particular policy sectors. Both comparative papers, as well as single country case studies, are welcome.

Additional conference sessions:
In addition to the sessions on the Main Conference Theme, additional sessions will be organized:
-    Plenary Sessions
-    General Sessions
-    Meetings of NISPAcee Working Groups
-    Panel Sessions
-    Roundtables

Important dates in 2018:
Proposals of Working Groups and Panel Sessions to be sent to Elena Žáková, NISPAcee Headquarters (zakova@nispa.org): June 30, 2018.
The call for paper proposals for the Working Groups and Panel Sessions will be announced in September 2018.
The online application modul with paper proposals will be open in September 2018.
Applications with a paper proposal: October 31, 2018.
Selection of paper proposals: November 30, 2018
Online registration for the conference will be open in December 2018.
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