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The last meeting of the working group was held on the 24th NISPAcee Annual Conference, Zagreb, Croatia, from May 19-21, 2016.
Next meeting will be held on the 25th NISPAcee Annual Conference, Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan, Russian Federation, from May 18-20, 2017:
Call for papers 2017


The WG on Public Finance and Public Finance Managementannounces two specificresearch tracksfor the 2017conference: (1) Performance financingand (2) "Better” governmental spending as a reaction to the crisis. Papers dealing with all other aspects of public finance and public financial management are also welcome for the general track.


Track 1: Performance financing

The papers in this research track are expected to deliverinterestingcase studies about the pros and cons of the introduction of performance financing schemes on any level of a public administration system. Performance financing is used as a part of the budgeting process, but also in many cases as the direct tool for the allocation of resources to public organisations. Programme performance budgeting is recommended to CEE countries by many international bodies and donors, but does not deliver the expected outcomes. Any attempt to use performanceindicators as the basis of allocating finance to public bodies (or granting finance to the private - normallynon-profit - sector) is risky and may cause important pervasive effects.

Possible research questions:

Positive and negativeoutcomes from introducing performance financing schemes.Pros and cons of using performance indicators. The availability and actual use of the right performance indicators.To what extent are governments/public organisations utilising different kinds of performance indicators and tools in performance financing? What kinds of performance indicators and/or performance measurement instruments may be best suited for different purposes? Different incentive structures of linking performance to financing. How crisis and austerity measures affected performance financing?Implementation of performance financing schemes - purposes, actors, expected and achieved results and theirexplanation. Main factors determining the outcomes of introducing performance financing schemes.Potential risks and benefits of performancefinancing schemes.

Structure of the proposed abstract:

· The objective of the research (includepossible research questions). Brief description of the proposed case study, or plannedresearch design.

Structure of the paper:

The paper can have a standardcase study/comparative analysisformat, or standard primary or secondaryresearch paper format.

All papers from this track will be evaluated and may be selected for an edited volume on the topic, published by an international publisher (probably Bruylant).


Track 2:"Better” governmental spending as a reaction to the crisis.

Most public administration and public finance experts feel that expenditurecuts and tax increases cannot help to cope with the current crisis, at least not in a long-term perspective: efficiency and effectiveness of public spending might be much more important from this point of view.

The aim of this track is to collect papers analysing all aspects connected with the "level” of efficiency and effectiveness of governmental spending in CEE, but also from a broader perspective. This means that this track provides the space for really different types of contributions, such as:

- Analysing the gaps in public financial management sub-areas (budgeting, procurement, contracting, etc) and possible responses.

- Providing examples of successful changes, explaining why positive changes happen.

- Providing examples of needed, but failed or unrealised changes, explaining why the situation does not improve.

Also, for this track, we provide a suggested (but not compulsory) structure of both the proposed abstract and the paper in order to stimulate the authors to realise an empirical research, even in the case of a small sample and case study research design. This template allows accommodating all kinds of research questions and research methods in order to obtain, as a whole group, quite rich evidence on what is happening.


Structure of the proposed abstract:

  • The objective or the research question,
  • Methodology,
  • Expected findings.

Structure of the paper:

  • Introducing the case analysed,
  • Short literature review of the phenomena studied, based on both local and international literature,
  • Methodology,
  • Analysis,
  • Policy implications.

Applications on other related topics are welcome. The abstract should give a clear idea about these aspects of the proposed paper:

  • The objective or the research question,
  • Methodology,
  • Expected findings.


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