Panel

Policy Planning and Coordination


The panel's primary focus is on practices of how policy planning and coordination are organised in NISPAcee countries and the main implications, challenges, and opportunities. In addition, the panel will aim to understand the role of policy planning and coordination in post-conflict countries and how relevant they may be in post-conflict societies.

REPORT


In the framework of the 2024 NISPAcee Conference in Tbilisi, Georgia, a Panel on Policy Development and Coordination was organised and conducted for the third year in a row. As in the previous cases, this year’s panel aimed at the application of horizontal policy development and coordination practices in the national public administration system, covering challenges and best practices of regulating and standardising government policy planning, monitoring/evaluation systems as well as the institutional aspects of the coordination and hierarchy involved in it.

Initially, the panel had four submissions. The panel co-chairs accepted two papers, while the co-chairs requested additional modifications for the other two. After the abstracts were refined, the remaining two papers were also finally accepted.

One selected paper was withdrawn towards the submission deadline as the author had yet to finalise the registration for the conference. Therefore, three papers were presented in this year's conference panel.

The panel was conducted on May 24, 2024, in Tbilisi, Georgia. One of the panel co-chairs, Professor Dr Ivan Kopric, was not able to be physically present at the conference. In addition, as it became evident, one of the three papers did not come to the conference, while another author presented the paper remotely.

Giorgi Bobghiashvili, from Caucasus University, opened the panel to the audience and introduced the authors of the papers. In total, around ten people attended the panel.

Firstly, Dr Jean-Michel Eymeri-Douzans delivered a presentation on the policy coordination system in the Republic of France. The presentation resulted from extensive research conducted by the author and depicted the whole ecosystem and how the machinery of the central executive power of the republic works. It included details about horizontal and vertical coordination structures within the government, but also beyond, with the legislature, judiciary, and the European Union institutions. This paper will be the first version of the general introduction to the future edited volume Coordination at the Core? Executive decision-making in international organisations and the EU, London, Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming December 2024.

Secondly, Mr Promoz Pevcin from the University of Ljubljana connected remotely and delivered a presentation on evaluating the effectiveness of strategic planning in the public sector in the case of Kosovo. Strategic planning effectiveness refers to the ability of an organisation's strategic planning process to develop a clear vision and mission, identify opportunities and threats, assess strengths and weaknesses, setting priorities, long-term goals, and objectives. The study results indicate that organisational context, formal planning processes, management and stakeholder involvement, performance management, and strategy implementation positively influence strategic planning effectiveness.


Each presentation was followed by assessments and questions from the co-chairs as well as questions from the audience.

The panel session lasted exactly 90 minutes, at planned
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Chairs



Giorgi Bobghiashvili

Caucasus School of Governance, Caucasus University; Tbilisi, Georgia

gbobghiashvili@cu.edu.ge


Giorgi Bobghiashvili is a Visiting Lecturer at Caucasus School of Governance, Caucasus University. Mr. Bobghiashvili has been a career public servant and worked as a Head of Policy Planning Service in the Prime Minister’s Office of Georgia. 

He has led the Policy Development and Coordination Reform and under his tenure the service, in cooperation with partner organisations, embedded regulations and methodological guidelines that have resulted in the establishment of a new government-wide policy planning, monitoring and evaluation system. 

Mr. Bobghiashvili has provided analysis to four prime ministers and advised line ministries on more than 20 sector policy documents. He is a John Smith Trust Fellow and his academic activities and interests include good governance, European principles of public administration, public service design and delivery and innovations in public sector.



Ivan Kopric

Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia

ikopric@pravo.hr


Ivan Kopric is a Tenured Professor of Administrative Science and Local Governance, Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, and president of the Institute of Public Administration, Croatia. He is currently leading a project team of the University of Zagreb in charge of co-creating new European University of Post-Industrial Cities (UNIC, https://unic.eu/en). 

He received the Alena Brunovska Award for Teaching Excellence in Public Administration by the Network of Schools and Institutes of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe in 2016.

 He is the author and editor of more than 30 books with the most recent Referendum and Direct Democracy in Croatia (2021), Migrations, Diversity, Integration, and Public Governance in Europe and Beyond (2019), Evaluating Reforms of Local Public and Social Services in Europe (2018), and Europeanisation of the Croatian Local Self-Government (2018).


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