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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

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.


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