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

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...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
WG3: Public Administration Reform in CEE and CA
Author(s)  Marko Ropret 
  University of Ljubljana
Ljubljana  Slovenia
Aristovnik Aleksander,  
 Title  Consolidating the State of the Art post-NPM Literature: A Bibliometric Approach
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The aim of our paper is to consolidate the state of the art of academic research on modern post-NPM public governance models (PGM). A critical evaluation of post-NPM literature proves vital in order to provide the scientific foundations for overcoming complex policy issues, related to multi-level governance, delegation of powers and decentralization, business globalization, digitalization, the 4th industrial revolution, migrations, nationalism and interstate conflicts, environmental change and several others. Yet, the research problem faced when analysing the post-NPM literature is the lack of studies examining the multitude of possible public governance models (PGM) with sufficient comprehensiveness, especially in Central and Eastern European (CEE) states. In order to effectively address the research problem, a bibliometric analysis was performed, following three objectives: (i) an investigation of the growth patterns of the PGM literature, (ii) an identification of the core journals and authors, (iii) the key research domains and main paths of knowledge diffusion.

The research methodology followed a systematic approach, encompassing multiple phases. The first phase consisted of downloading all relevant papers within the Scopus database, representing the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. In the second phase, citation data from various sources was downloaded for the relevant papers. This was done by using the Harzing’s Publish or Perish citation management software package. The third phase encompassed application of the HistCite bibliometric analysis software, covering the main elements of the analysis: bibliometric indicators, historiographic citation analysis, and term co-occurrence analysis. This allowed for a comprehensive numerical and graphical presentation of the evolution of the post-NPM literature, as reflected by the identified main works, authors and key research domains.

The research results reveal growing research interest in the topic as supported by several bibliometric indicators. Moreover, it is indicated that the usually (too) narrow understanding of the traditional Weberian and NPM model, has been supplemented with systemic, collaborative and IT-driven models, particularly under the New Public Governance (NPG) umbrella term. Also, important differences as regards the coverage and the diffusion of the individual post-NPM models are indicated. Namely, some of the post-NPM reform models may be biased in favour of subjective, particularistic, or Western ideas about governance, presumably limiting their impact on governance within CEE countries. Hence, the regions’ particularities (post-socialism, Rechtsstaat culture, EU membership, small states etc.) from the governance perspective must be further taken into account within the post-NPM literature. Although the literature has yet to adequately develop this aspect, the door is open to an examination on how such socio-economic issues have to be encompassed to allow for an effective diffusion of the models within the literature, and furthermore, in the CEE states’ administrative practice.