The 29th NISPAcee Annual Conference

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

Excellent conference. I really enjoyed the papers, speakers, schedule and location and great staff!

D.B., United States, 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2019, Prague

...relating to public administration and policy. Good opportunities for networking.

N.D., Georgia, 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2019, Prague

Excellent participants, argument-driven discussions, impartial and supportive Chairs in the Working Group.

D.G., Republic of North Macedonia, 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2019, Prague detail and I really enjoyed the supportive and encouraging atmosphere there. Thank you!

R.B., Lithuania, 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2019, Prague

...both in terms of academic quality and logistics, and also social events. It was a true joy.

E.Z., Bulgaria, 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2019, Prague

...The special programmes were really excellent and we took home many varied experiences.

P.N., Hungary, 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2019, Prague

...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

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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

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L. S., Latvia, 21st Conference 2013, Serbia

The Conference was very academically fruitful!

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 Paper/Speech Details of Conference Program  

for the  29th NISPAcee Annual Conference
  Program Overview
Panel: Politico-Administrative Relations in CEE (Physical)
Author(s)  Emilia Zankina 
  Temple University
Rome  Italy
 Title  Turnover in the Bulgarian Civil Service
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Presenter  Emilia Zankina
The paper examines turnover in the Bulgarian civil service, with the goal of understanding to what extend turnover may be linked to politicization. Turnover may be related to a number of factors within the public administration, including low motivation, low pay, flawed reward and incentive structures, as well as a wide variety of factors outside of the public administration, such as competition from the business sector or personal reasons. The paper utilizes data from the annual reports on the status of the public administration, where turnover data is provided and classified in various categories, thus, allowing to differentiate (at least in legal terms) between the various reasons for leaving the civil service. The paper examines variations of overall turnover over the last twenty years, as well as fluctuations of the various turnover categories (mutual agreement, requested by the employee, pension, etc.). In addition, the paper utilizes three large surveys on the motivation of civil servants, conducted between 2019-2021, that provide additional insight on the job satisfaction of civil servants. Beyond the Bulgarian case, the paper adds on to existing research on measuring politicization in the public administration, aiming to examine to what extent turnover may be a valid tool for measuring politicization in addition to other approaches, such as expert surveys, deputy and high-level civil service appointments, restructuring of administrative units or changes in the size of the public administration.