The 24th NISPAcee Annual Conference

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In the conference participated 317 participants

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Almost 250 conference participants from 36 countries participated

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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

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R. U., Uzbekistan, 19th Conference, Varna 2011

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The Conference was very academically fruitful!

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International Program Committee

Ivan Kopric, Head of the Chair of Administrative Science, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb and President of Institute of Public Administration, Croatia,           

Professor Ivan Koprić is a Full Professor of Administrative Science and Head of the Study Centre for Public Administration and Public Finances at the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, Croatia; President of the Institute of Public Administration, Zagreb; Editor-in-Chief of the international scientific journal Croatian and Comparative Public Administration; Editor of the book series Contemporary Public Administration (28 books to date); mentor of ten PhD theses; leader, researcher, and expert in more than 30 scientific, policy, and professional projects; consultant in more than 20 projects in South-Eastern Europe; member of several academic and public bodies in Croatia; author and editor of fifteen books, around one hundred scientific papers and more than 160 other articles and more than 120 presentations at scientific conferences. Recent books (in Croatian) include: European Administrative Space (co-author, 2012), Reform of Local and Regional Self-Government in Croatia (ed., 2013), Administrative Science: Public Administration in Contemporary European Context (co-author, 2014) and Europeanisation of the Croatian Public Administration (ed., 2014). Courses include those in the study of law, public administration, tax administration, social work and several postgraduate and doctoral studies (Public Law and Public Administration; Urban Management; Social Policy). Fields of expertise and research include: local governance, decentralisation, multi-level governance, European Administrative Space, organisation theory, administrative theory, administrative education, human resource management, performance management, administrative procedures, public policy, and comparative public administration, etc.

Jadranka Djurkovic, Member of the NISPAcee Steering Committee / The Human Resource Management Authority, Government of Montenegro, Podgorica, Montenegro, 

Mrs. Jadranka Đurković was appointed Deputy Director of the Human Resources Management Authority in 2005. She has a Degree in the English language and literature from the University of Prishtina. She has work experience in training and capacity building in the public sector. For the last 10 years she has been working intensively on training and capacity development of civil servants in the Montenegrin public administration. She supported the establishment of the institution, designed and implemented a training needs assessment, and worked on curricula development and improvement of the training system. She also has experience in the field of recruitment, performance appraisal, and promotion of civil servants. During her career she has attended many training activities for personal development, and gave many presentations at various events. She is also a member of different working groups for Public Administration Reform; she is a member of the Training Council; Member of the Commission for EU Integration in Montenegro; a substitute member of the ReSPA Governing Board at Senior Official level and is also a NISPAcee Steering Committee member.


Chairs of Main Conference Theme

Polonca Kovač, Associate Professor, Faculty of Administration, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia,

Dr Polonca Kovač graduated from the Faculty of Law in Ljubljana in 1995. Her first employment was with the Administrative Unit in Kranj where she led the administrative de-nationalisation procedures. However, soon after graduating she enrolled in a specialist 18-month international programme on the reform of public administration. Following this she completed her postgraduate studies in 1999 at the Faculty of Social Sciences in Ljubljana and in November 2005 her doctoral studies at the Faculty of Law, Ljubljana.

In 1996, she was employed by the Ministry of Interior and later the Ministry of Public Administration. She has been employed as a researcher and lecturer at the Faculty of Administration, University of Ljubljana, since 2001, and is a guest lecturer in several Slovenian and foreign universities (Zagreb, Rijeka, Brno, Babes-Bolyai, Bitola). In 2013, she was tenured as an Associate Professor in administrative law and legal regulation of public administration, holding courses such as Administrative Procedural Law, Tax Procedures, Regulatory Policies, etc. Since 2012 she has also been an evaluator at the Slovenian National Agency for Quality in Higher Education.

From 2008-2015 she was a member of the Slovenian Officials’ Council, co-selecting top officials in the Slovenian state administration. She is a (co)author and editor and reviewer of numerous monographs, articles in journals and conference papers and proceedings, including monographs Administrative-Legal Dilemmas (2015, 2012, 2010), Commentary on the Slovene Constitution (2011), The Administrative Procedure and Administrative Dispute (2010), and Regulatory Impact Assessment (2009). She is active in many national and supranational committees and organisations, such as in EGPA, as a co-director on PSG PA and Law, NISPAcee, etc. She is an OECD, WB, SIGMA and ReSPA expert in the fields of public administration reforms, good administration and administrative (procedural) law.

Chairs of General Session

Mirko Vintar, NISPAcee Immediate Past President / University of Ljubljana, Slovenia,

Marius Profiroiu, NISPAcee President / Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania,
Professor Constantin Marius Profiroiu teaches public policy and good governance at the Bucharest University of Economic Studies where he is the Dean of College of Administration and Public Management. He is Fulbright Senior Alumnus 2010-2011 at Martin School of Public Policy and Administration, University of Kentucky.

Since May 2014, he is the President of the Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe (NISPAcee). Also, he is member of European Statistical Governance Advisory Board (ESGAB) since 2015.

He was Director-general of the European Integration Department in Romania from 2001 to 2002 and also held the post of State Secretary within the Ministry of Public Administration and Interior between 2002-2004. He was in charge of the coordination of the public administration reform and responsible with the Phare program in the field of civil service reform and decentralization process in Romania. Marius Profiroiu is author of numerous publications in the field of civil service, decentralisation, governance, strategic management.

Co-ordinators of NISPAcee Working Groups

I. Working Group on Local Government


Gabor Soos, Political Science Institute of Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary,






Arto Haveri,University of Tampere, School of Management, Finland,

Professor of Local Governance at the School of Management, University of Tampere, Finland. He focuses primarily on local governance and local government management and, most recently, on the promises and problems of democratic network governance. He also maintains an interest in the problems of administrative reform design and evaluation, particularly in the areas of local and regional government and regional development.


II. Working Group on e-Government


Tina Jukić, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Administration, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia,

Dr. Tina Jukić graduated from the Faculty of Administration, University of Ljubljana in 2005. In 2007, she completed her Masters' degree and gained a PhD in Administrative Science in 2013 at the same faculty. In 2013, she received an award for outstanding achievements of young university teachers from the Rector of the University of Ljubljana. She now works as an Assistant Professor of informatics in Public Administration at the same faculty. She teaches Informatization of Business Processes in Public Administration, E-government, Web Marketing and Basics of Informatics. Currently, she is also Head of Chair of Organisation and Informatics. As a researcher she is active in the field of e-government; in recent years her research activities have mainly focused on methodologies for the evaluation of e-government policies, programs and projects and on social media usage in public administration. She participated in several national and international research and consulting projects, and is (co-) author of several scientific and professional publications.


Andras Nemeslaki, National University of Public Service, Budapest, Hungary,

Andras Nemeslaki graduated from the Technical University of Budapest and holds a Ph.D. from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He is a Professor of Information Systems and Head of the E-Government Institute at the National University of Public Service in Hungary. For 12 years he was the Head of the E-business Research Group at Corvinus University, and for eight years served as Associate Dean for International Affairs and the Academic Director of the CEMS Master in International Management program at Corvinus University. Professor Nemeslaki is a founding member of the NITIM (Networks Innovation Technology in Management) international Ph.D. Consortium which is a unique but widely recognised cross-university and inter-disciplinary experiment in doctoral education. His field of expertise and research interest is the organisational use and value of information communication technologies, ICT innovations in business and public organisations. He has taught courses at several universities as a visiting Professor: Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio; University College Dublin; University of Cologne; Bocconi University Milano and the University of Delaware.


III. Working Group on PA Reform


Veronica Junjan, Assistant Professor, Department of Public Administration, Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Science, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands,

Assistant Professor at the Department of Public Administration, Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Science, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands. Her current research focuses on investigating decision-making processes and public performance management, particularly within the mechanisms and dynamics of public sector reform associated with EU multi-level governance. Since 2008 she has been involved as co-Chair in the coordination of the work of, first the Panel, then the Working Group on Public Administration Reform in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia.


Diana-Camelia Iancu, Senior Lecturer of European Governance, National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, Romania,

Diana-Camelia Iancu is a Senior Lecturer of European Governance and serves as Dean of the Faculty of Public Administration at the National School of Political Studies and Public Administration. She was public policy consultant for different international donors (OECD, World Bank Group) and managed a European Social Fund project dealing with blended learning and quality assessment of public administration teaching programmes in Romania. Her research interests include international development and administrative capacity building in transitional countries.

IV. Working Group on Regional Development and Inter-regional Cooperation


Alexey G. Barabashev, Professor, Research University - Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia,

Prof. Alexey G. Barabashev teaches courses at the Research University - Higher School of Economics - on the civil service, including civil service reforms in Russia. His research interests are concentrated in the area of the theory of bureaucracy and applications of the theory towards Russian practical needs and methodology of reflexive systems. From 2004 until the present he has served as President (from 2011) and Dean (2004-2011) of the School of Public Administration and Managementand as the Chair of the Department of Civil and Municipal Service at Higher School of Economics. From 1997 to 2014 he served as a member of the advisors’ expert group forpublic service reformunder the Administration of the President of Russia. He is a member of several attestation commissions and expert councils for federal governmental bodies. He was a Woodrow Wilson (Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies) scholarin 1992 and 2013,President of the Kennan Russian Alumni Association (1992-1996), and President-elect of the Alumni Association for Russia-US Academic Exchange Programmes(1996-2000). From 2015 till the present he has served as a member of the Advisory Council of the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies.


Patrick Gray, London Metropolitan University, London, UK,

Head of Partnerships at the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities at London Metropolitan University, and formerly course director for the Masters in Public Administration (MPA) there. Prior to beginning his academic career, he worked for the Greater London Council and in the policy units of several other local authorities in the UK. He has worked in Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Russia, Armenia, Romania and Ukraine to improve the training of civil servants. His publications include ‘Public Policy Disasters in Western Europe’ (Routledge) and Gray, P (2008) ´International financial institutions and Russia’s civil service reform: international push or domestic pull?´ in Joachim, J, Reinalda, B and Verbeek, B International organizations and implementation Routledge/ECPR pp147-161. He currently leads the teaching team in the final year module ‘International Aid and Development’ at the London Metropolitan University.


V. Working Group on Public Finance and Public Financial Management


Lucie Sedmihradská, Lecturer, Department of Public Finance, University of Economics, Prague, Czech Republic,

Lucie Sedmihradska is a Lecturer at the Department of Public Finance, University of Economics in Prague. Aside from teaching she has been involved in several local and international research projects focusing on public budgets, local government finance and inter-municipal cooperation. She has published approximately two dozen journal articles and book chapters. She has been involved in NISPAcee since 2000, and since 2007 has been one of the coordinators of the WG on Public Sector Finance and Accounting and the WG on Fiscal Policy. She has also edited (co-edited) three books on local government finance issues in transition countries which were the outcome of the activities of the WG on Public Sector Finance and Accounting.


Juraj Nemec, Professor of Public Finance and Management, Masaryk University Brno, Czech Republic and Matej Bel University Banska Bystrica, Slovakia,

He holds an MBA in Business Administration, a Ph.D. in Public Sector Economics and is a Professor of Public Finance and Public Management, with more than 33 years’ experience in teaching in public sector management and procurement. He has published over 400 books and scientific articles in this field and held several academic posts, including the position of "Dean of the Faculty of Finance". During his academic and professional career he has gained immense experience in the political and administrative situation in the European integration process and EU enlargement.


VI. Working Group on Public Policy Analysis Development Issues


Lesya Ilchenko-Syuyva, Associate Professor, Institution National Academy of Public Administration, Office of the President of Ukraine, Ukraine,

Associate Professor, Economic Policy Department at the National Academy of Public Administration, Office of the President of Ukraine. She worked as an adviser in policy analysis and financial policy for various technical assistance projects provided by USAID, CIDA, and UNDP and participated in training projects provided by Wales University, World Bank etc. in CEE and Balkan countries. She has wide experience in designing and delivering training courses for multi-ethnic groups. She has more than 100 publications which include monographs, articles, and research and policy papers.


Jaroslav Dvorak, Assoc. Professor, Klaipėda University, Lithuania,

Dr. Jaroslav Dvorak is Head of the Department of Public Administration and Law and has longstanding research experience in public service delivery and performance evaluation of public organisations. He has also prepared and published scientific publications on these subjects. Jaroslav Dvorak is the coordinator of the two study programmes: Bachelor in Public Administration and Masters in Regional Governance. He has participated as an expert in the preparation of feasibility studies for the Lithuanian Ministry of Interior regarding opportunities to establish public service delivery centres and the Vismaliukų Innovation Investment zone. He has also consulted with the Klaipeda city municipality for the preparation of its strategic plan up until 2020. Jaroslav Dvorak contributed to the preparation of the Inventory of the Public Administration profession for the Study Quality Assessment Centre in Lithuania and implemented expert evaluations for the Lithuanian National M. Mažvydas library. He is also a member of the European Evaluation Society (Thematic Group Evaluation of Sustainable Development). Jaroslav Dvorak is involved in the editorial board of international scientific journals. He has conducted research and collected interviews with officials, experts, academics, evaluators in Poland, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Lithuania, Belarus, Portugal, Spain and Australia on different issues relating to evaluation capacity building and evaluation methodology, assessment criteria, and regulatory impact assessment.


VII. Working Group on Public Administration Education


Calin Emilian Hintea, Dean, College of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences, Babes Bolyai University, Romania,

Calin Emilian Hintea is a Professor at Babes Bolyai University, Romania and Adjunct Professor at Michigan State University. He teaches Public Management and Strategy courses. Professor Hintea is the Dean of the College of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences at BBU. He is also a former Secretary of State, Head of Strategy Unit, the Prime Minister's Office (2009-2011) as well as a former Chair of the Public Administration Department at BBU (2004-2012). He is the Senior Editor of the Transylvanian Review of Administrative Sciences (ISI Journal).


Roger Hamlin, Michigan State University, East Lansing, USA,

Professor of Urban Planning directs several projects for the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR) at Michigan State U. (MSU) and is Associate Dean for International Programs at Babes-Bolyai U. He was previously Associate Director of IPPSR, Resident Fellow, and Director of International Programs and was Director of the Urban and Regional Planning Program at MSU for eleven years. He also administered the Community Planning Program at Columbus State University in Georgia.He currently directs projects that build governance capacities at the sub-national level in the US and abroad. Dr. Hamlin earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Hamilton College in New York and a Master's and Ph.D. from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. He has worked for the Senate and the Office of Planning Services of New York and has lived and worked in South America, the Caribbean, Asia and Europe. He has authored several books on public-private partnerships. Professor Hamlin has earned the White House Achievement Award, The Nelson Jack Edwards Award and the Illinois Foundation Award. He has earned national awards from the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Certified Planners. He was a CIC Academic Leadership Fellow. 


VIII. Working Group on Local Services and Infrastructure


Franco Becchis,  Scientific Director, Turin School of Local Regulation, Italy,

He has been the Scientific Director of the Foundation for the Environment since its creation, where he coordinates research programmes on the interaction between economics, energy and the environment and on local public services, as well as capacity building and support activities for local public entities. He is the Scientific Director of the initiative "Turin School of Local Regulation” and is the author and editor of the forthcoming handbook "The political economy of local regulation" published by Palgrave Macmillan. He has been a contract Professor in Environmental Economics at the Polytechnic of Torino, University of East Piedmont and Saint John International University. His scientific interests and his publications range from public economics to environmental and regulatory economics.


Daniel Klimovsky, Assistant Professor, Comenius University in Bratislava, Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences, Slovakia, /
His research and educational activities focus on public administration, as well as political issues linked to sub-national levels. He is the Regional Studies Association Ambassador for Slovakia and a member of both the Management Committee and the Steering Committee of the COST IS 1207: Local Public Sector Reforms in Europe led by Professor S. Kuhlmann and Professor Geert Bouckaert. He is the main coordinator of the POL-LOC initiative, which includes more than 20 universities from 15 European countries. Aside from his academic activities‎, he cooperated with the Social Watch (2008-2011) and was a member of the Steering Committee of the Open Society Foundation in Slovakia (2012-2014), as well as an independent/external expert of the Council of Europe. Furthermore he has cooperated with central government in Slovakia and with several local governments and their associations.


IX. Working Group on Transition, Change and Uncertainty



Gyorgy Gajduschek, Corvinus University, Budapest, Hungary,

He is Associate Professor of Public Policy and Administration at Budapest Corvinus University and is a senior research fellow at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Research Centre for Social Sciences. He is also the President of the Public Policy Section of the Hungarian Political Science Association. He has published several papers and books, in both Hungarian and English – amongst others – on the civil service system, law and policy making and implementation in Hungary and in the post-communist region.


Eva Zemandl, PhD Candidate, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary,

She received her B.A. in International Studies/Economics at Seattle University (USA) and her M.A. in European Public Policy at the University of Kent’s Brussels School of International Studies (Belgium). She is a doctoral candidate at the Central European University in Budapest with the Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations. Her research focuses on how political appointments to public organizations influence organizations, governance, and policy. Her past research includes social policies in European and CEE countries and European Union governance and policy. Her previous experience includes working in the NGO sectors in both Seattle and Brussels in areas such as international trade/business, social and employment policy, and new towns/pilot cities.



X. Working Group on Non-Governmental Organizations in Central and Eastern Europe


Michael Brintnall, ASPA Council, US,

Michael Brintnall is formerly the Executive Director of the American Political Science Association and of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration in Washington DC, and has held senior positions in academic administration and in the US federal government.  He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and currently serves on boards for the American Society for Public Administration, the Environmental Investigation Agency, Tango Mercurio, and the National Humanities Association Foundation.


Gyorgy Hajnal, Member of the NISPAcee Steering Committee / Professor, Head of Department, Corvinus University of Budapest / Senior Researcher, Institute for Political Science, Center for Social Research of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (IPS CSR HAS), Hungary,

Gyorgy Hajnal is is a Professor in the Department of Public Policy and Management, Corvinus University of Budapest and Senior Researcher at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Polictical Science. Prior to his current positions he worked as a Senior Researcher/ Head of Department for 15 years at the Hungarian Institute of Public Administration and its successor organisation. Besides his full-time academic positions he has been and contiues to be extensively involved in international research cooperation projects in topics relating to comparative public management reforms. He has also served as a consultant to various international academic, governmental and business organisations.