The 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference

Conference photos available

Conference photos available

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

The 29th NISPAcee Annual Conference, Ljubljana, Slovenia, October 21 - October 23, 2021

The 2020 NISPAcee On-line Conference

The 30th NISPAcee Annual Conference, Bucharest, Romania, June 2 - June 4, 2022


...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

 :: Anonymous user Login / Register 

Optimised for Tablet | Smartphone

 Paper/Speech Details of Conference Program  

for the  27th NISPAcee Annual Conference
  Program Overview
WG7: Public Administration Education
Author(s)  Valeriya Utkina 
  Higher School of Economics
Moscow  Russian Federation
Alina Efimova, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, RussiaMikhail Raschupkin, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia 
 Title  Why do Ghanaian and Russian Women Study Public Administration?
File   Paper files are available only for conference participants, please login first. 
Presenter  Valeriya Utkina
The global processes of incorporating women into the labor market, including the civil service, are paying off. Today, there is a trend towards the feminization of the civil service: in Russia, more than 70% of civil servants are women, and in Ghana - more than 50%. Thus despite the high numbers of females in the civil service, gender disparities and discriminations remain a critical phenomenon in the civil service in Ghana. There is a “gender pyramid” in Russia and Ghana, when only a small proportion of women have an access to decisions-making level.
In both countries, one of the main reasons for women to join civil service is flexible work schedule, which enabled them to combine work and family and job security. Despite all the differences in socio-economic development situation in Russia and Ghana with the motivation of women to work for the government is quite similar: they joined because of the benefits they were told the civil service gives to it employees, such as job security, study leave, retirement benefits, allowances, good salary and a few indicated they joined because there was no job in the private sector. However the question arises how this women made a decision to get education applicable to continue their professional life in public sector.

This study is based on semi-structured in-depth interviews with 30 women from all over Ghana and 30 women from Russia who work in the various civil services offices in various regions of their countries.
While most of the Ghanaian young women in the service indicated that due to their background in terms of education it automatically made them a civil service worker, the Russians women made their complicated choice to work for the government after getting major in Public Administration. We came to the conclusion that, with many differences, the mechanisms for choosing the future profession of a civil servant in Russia and Ghana are quite similar: this is the ‘inheritance mechanism’ (when someone from relatives already works for the state), or the desire for a girl to get ‘female’ profession. According to the results of our research it’s hardly possible to relegate public service as a "comfortable women's job", but at the same time women do choose higher education in this field and more over desire for further training.