The 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference

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In the conference participated 317 participants

Conference programme published

Almost 250 conference participants from 36 countries participated

Conference Report

The 28th NISPAcee Annual Conference cancelled


...Sessions were interesting, scholars were engaging and all the social events were amazing!

B.K., Kazakhstan, 26th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2018, Iasi

Excellent organization, excellent food. Compliments to the organizers, they did a wonderful job!

V.J., Netherlands, 26th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2018, Iasi

...I must say that the PhD pre-conference seminar was the most useful seminar of my life. Very well...

K.V., Czech Republic, 26th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2018, Iasi

... I would even argue that they are the very best - both in terms of scientific content and also entertainment…

P.W., Denmark, 26th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2018, Iasi

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

Each information I got, was received perfectly in time!

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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 Paper/Speech Details of Conference Program  

for the  27th NISPAcee Annual Conference
  Program Overview
Panel: The Rule of Law & Public Administration
Author(s)  Mirko Pecaric 
  University of Ljubljana
Ljubljana  Slovenia
 Title  Public Institutions and Legal Principles - Who Determines Whom?
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Presenter  Mirko Pecaric
Many major problems in the world are connected with problems of administration, with institutions that (do not) prevent or do not know how to prevent financial and other social crises, how to end wars, prevent poverty and provide the access to clean water, safe food, etc. The basic work of administration is indeed decision making; it is the lifeblood of every organization and the central focus in the practice of evidence-based management, but per se is insufficient to describe differences between public administrations. The problem could not be found in a lack of the public administration’s reforms but in a different, meta-mental level. A common (un)reforming factor that applies to all PAs is not in some tendency (e.g. privatisation, deregulation, contracting-out), but in PAs themselves, in PAs as institutions. The assumption is that people’s problems are not caused by a lack of technical equipment or lack of knowledge of the natural or engineering science (by these tools they can be even enhanced), but by the lack of effective, efficient and ethical social science, especially by the lack of (good, better, effective, etc.) administration that cannot be given or embraced solely by principles (or values) - as for almost every principle one can find an equally plausible and acceptable contradictory principle (Simon, 1997) – but first by addressing the notions of community, institution and regulation that give weights to principles and values. Within these three notions (as the frames of human life) human reasoning takes place, that should not be satisfied only with the elaboration of problems without solutions. Many times, new terms/institutions are developed to embrace past non-effective practices, which can be seen as good administration, good governance, responsive, better, smart regulation, etc. New names with the same presumptions will probably also be non-effective. A legal principle (e.g. the rule of law) is per se only a notion, like anyone else; from the cybernetic point of view – but also from the standpoint of effectiveness as one of the main principles in public administrations that implements a Legislator’s enacted goals- it means only to the extent of its practical effects.