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

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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
Panel: Public Value as a Guiding Principle for Governance
Author(s)  Jack Meek 
  University of La Verne
La verne  United States
Joe De Ldurantey 
 Title  Creating Public Value through Building Network Sustainability
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Presenter  Jack Meek
This paper propose was prepared for the 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference “From Policy Design to Practice,” to be held in Prague, Czech Republic, May 24 – 26, 2019. The paper seeks to contribute to the panel, “Public Value as a Guiding Principle for Governance,” chaired by Julia Dahlvik and Michal Sedlacko.


The literature on the management of governance networks (Koliba, Meek, Zia and Mills 2018; Klijn & Koppenjan 2016; Agranoff 2012; O’Leary & Bingham 2009) suggests that when collaborative practices persist for several years, many see the real benefits (public value) and make believers of the skeptics (Linden, 2002). Based upon the research conducted in this paper, there was substantial agreement that public value may be directly tied to the mission and accomplishments of the collaborative network. Utilizing the “Strategic Triangle” proposed by Mark Moore (1995) for the definition of public value, the strength of public value lies in the network being legitimate and politically sustainable and substantially valuable to the community. Possessing the capacity for administrative feasibility may require additional research efforts as there appeared to be a level of weakness as would be common for collaborative networks that may lack administrative support. The demand to create public value reflects the determination of whether to become a member of the collaborative network and whether to stay. If the mission and goals are seen as viable, compatible and worthy, then responsible managers and executives will find the time required to commit to issues of the collaborative network. This is supported by Linden’s (2002) assertion that those involved in networks must experience the benefits of collaborating in their everyday work for an extended period of time.

This paper uses a multiple case-study design utilizing standard interview/questionnaire methodology to identify the factors influencing collaborative network policy influence and sustainability. Examined cases include a metropolitan-wide law enforcement network, a regional economic partnership and a county-based interagency review team. Preliminary findings indicate positive associations between network involvement and sustainability measures as well as agency enhancement and network participation.

The results of this study support the argument that Mark Moore’s precepts regarding public value have considerable merit. With a greater focus on public value there is a corresponding move from programmatic government to being mission and values-based governance utilizing goals and networking to address issues that transcend boundaries. A belief in public value, as articulated by Goldsmith and Eggers (2004), will gradually change the way government is conceptualized and eventually reflect on the way business is conducted in the public sector. Collaborative networks O’Toole 1997; play an integral role in this effort as seen by the results of this study.