The 24th 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

The 28th NISPAcee Annual Conference cancelled

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

The 2020 NISPAcee On-line Conference

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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Activities: Working Group on Public Finance and Public Financial Management
 

Call for papers 2020
 
WG Programme Coordinators: 

  • Lucie Sedmihradska, Lecturer, Department of Public Finance, University of Economics, Prague, Czech Republic E-mail:sedmih@vse.cz
  • Juraj Nemec, Professor of Public Finance and Management, Masaryk University Brno, Czech Republic and Matej Bel University Banska Bystrica, Slovakia, E-mail:juraj.nemec@umb.sk
  • Aleksander Aristovnik, Associate Professor, Faculty of Public Administration, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, E-mail:aleksander.aristovnik@fu.uni-lj.si

The topic of the WG is public finance, which plays a vital role in providing essential public services and goods. The WG deals with financial management of existing resources, which includes both microeconomic and macroeconomic dimensions and whose effectiveness is critical for the creation of an enabling environment at all levels for sustainable development.
While the extent of transparency and participation in the budgeting process has been long recognised as a factor influencing the quality of public finance management, the research in this area in the NISPAcee region is quite scarce. On the other hand, we have huge anecdotic evidence that meaningful changes take place and innovative practices are introduced. In order to fill this gap, the WG announces the following topics for the 2020 annual conference:

1) Local government budget transparency, which addresses research regarding regulation of budget transparency and its development, the extent of compulsory versus voluntary budget information disclosure, the measurement and evaluation of budget transparency or the search for determinants of budget transparency.
2) Participatory budgeting, which explores the introduction and diffusion of participatory budgeting at different government levels, applied models and their adjustment to local needs or circumstances, regulation of participatory budgeting and its development or impact of participatory budgeting on society.
3) Public finance for sustainable development, which includes, amongst others, promoting sound economic, social and environmental policies; ensuring fairness, efficiency and effectiveness of tax systems; strengthening national oversight mechanisms or building the technical, financial and technological capacity of public authorities.
 
 
The aim of the working group is to build a network of scholars active in the area of public finance and public financial management and to support the publication of original research undertaken in the NISPAcee region, including special assistance of the WG coordinators to young scholars with limited research and publishing experience. The expected outcome is an edited volume on participatory budgeting, a special journal issue on local government budget transparency and the publication of outstanding papers on public finance for sustainable development in the NISPAcee Journal.
The authors are invited to submit original research papers, i.e. papers presenting the results of their own research. We especially welcome empirical papers providing concrete data and their analysis. The form of the papers is quite open, e.g. single or multiple case studies, comparative papers, survey results or papers applying some statistical analysis.
Requirements for paper submission

Structure of the proposed abstract:
•The objective or the research question(s),
•Data and methodology,
•Expected findings. 

The standard structure of the paper:
•Introduction, which clearly states the objectives of the paper.
•Description of the problem studied, showing a good knowledge of the relevant literature in both the local language and in English.
•Short introduction of the country or countries, i.e. present all information necessary (and relevant) to understand your paper.
•Data and methodology described in detail.
•Analysis of the problem.
•Evaluation and policy implications.
•Conclusions and recommendations (this part needs to result from the previous parts of the paper).



Activities in 2019
  
Meeting of the Working Group on Public Finance and Financial Management

WG Programme Coordinators:
Lucie Sedmihradska, Lecturer, Department of Public Finance, University of Economics, Prague, Czech Republic
Juraj Nemec, Professor of Public Finance and Management, Masaryk University Brno, Czech Republic and Matej Bel University Banska Bystrica, Slovakia
Aleksander Aristovnik, Associate Professor, Faculty of Public Administration, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia


Place: 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference, Prague, Czech Republic
Date:  May 24-26, 2019

The WG on Public Finance and Public Finance Management focused, during its meeting, on local government financial management, public procurement and impact of grants with 18 papers presented during 5 sessions:
Session 1: Fiscal Federalism
Session 2: State Interventions
Session 3: From Policy Design to Policy Practice in the European Integration Context (ERASMUS+ Jean Monnet Project PRACTIC)
Session 4: Public Procurement and Other
Session 5: Taxation, Budgeting, Spending

In the discussion, participants shared experiences regarding the issues in other NISPAcee countries and also provided recommendations for further improvement of the papers in order to have them published.

In line with the WGs three-year project, we announced two specific research projects for 2020: (1) participatory budgeting and (2) local government budget transparency. As in previous years we will accept all reasonable proposals which comply with the general focus of the WG.

Activities in 2018
  
Meeting of the Working Group on Public Finance and Financial Management

WG Programme Coordinators:
Lucie Sedmihradska, Lecturer, Department of Public Finance, University of Economics, Prague, Czech Republic
Juraj Nemec, Professor of Public Finance and Management, Masaryk University Brno, Czech Republic and Matej Bel University Banska Bystrica, Slovakia
Aleksander Aristovnik, Associate Professor, Faculty of Public Administration, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia


Place: 26th NISPAcee Annual Conference, Iasi, Romania
Date:  May 24-26, 2018

The WG on Public Finance and Public Finance Management, during its meeting in Iaşi, mainly focused on two specific research tracks for the 2018 conference:
(1) General track which follows the main theme of the conference – Public Administration for Well-being and Growth, and
(2) Specialised Track: Burning Issue in Local Government Finance in a ‘named’ Country.

In total, 13 papers were presented by researchers from 7 countries (Bulgaria, Czech R., Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia), in one general and two monothematic sessions focusing on Macro Public Finance and Local Government Finance. The presentations and discussions were mainly very interesting and were followed by fruitful discussions between presenter and participants. The WG has also decided to continue in announcing at least two to three research tracks, which will be specialized, accompanied with a research protocol.

The research tracks for the 2019 conference will presumably be:
(1) Performance management and budgeting,
(2) Taxation and tax reforms, and
(3) Macro Public Finance.

 
Activities in 2017

Meeting of the Working Group on Public Finance and Public Financial Management
WG Programme Coordinators:

Juraj Nemec, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
Alexander Aristovnik, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
 
Place:  25th NISPAcee Annual Conference, Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan, Russian Federation Date:  May 18-20,  18-20,
 

The WG on Public finance and public finance management during its meeting in Kazan focused mainly on two specific research tracks for the 2017 conference:

(1) Performance financing, and

(2) "Better” government spending as a reaction to the crisis.

In total, 17 papers were presented by researchers from 7 countries (Belarus, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Russia, Slovakia and Slovenia), in one general and three monothematic sessions focused on Performance management and outsourcing, Budgeting and corruption, and Intergovernmental fiscal relations and financing development. The presentations and discussions were mainly very interesting and were followed by fruitful discussions among between presenter and participants. The WG has also decided to continue by announcing at least two research tracks, which will be specialised, accompanied by a research protocol.

The research tracks for the 2018 conference will presumably be:

(1) Performance management and budgeting, and

(2) Taxation and tax reforms.

 
 
Activities in 2016

Meeting of the Working Group on Public Finance and Public Financial Management
WG Programme Coordinators:

Lucie Sedmihradska,University of Economics of Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
Juraj Nemec, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic

Place:  24th NISPAcee Annual Conference, Zagreb. Croatia
Date:  May 19-21, 2016
 
Similar to last year, we had 12 presented papers, which is slightly less than in previous years. Despite the call for papers in two research tracks, the papers dealt with very different topics related to the focus of the WG. There was a clear shift from the local government finance topic to the central government. The first session was devoted to social policy and later we discussed two papers about EU finances.
For the next year there will again be an announcement of two research tracks and we will try to encourage comparative research. We plan to invite a third coordinator to the working group: Aleksander Aristovnik from the University of Lubljana.
 
 
Activities in 2015

Meeting of the Working Group on Public Finance and Public Financial Management
WG Programme Coordinators:

Lucie Sedmihradska,University of Economics of Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
Juraj Nemec, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
 
Place:  23rd NISPAcee Annual Conference, Tbilisi, Georgia
Date:  May 21-23, 2015
 

Comparing to the previous NISPAcee conferences, the final outcome of this year was only about a half of the average number of papers (despite relatively high number of submitted abstracts at the start of the selection process).

Smaller than average number of papers brought two advantages: first, there was more time for presentations and discussion and second, the fact that half of the papers focused on a one concrete topic (pre-announced track on local taxation) allowed interesting comparative sessions.

We organized two sessions dealing with local taxation and tax competition and the Europeanization panel on Public Finances in the EU and EU Associated Countries which dealt with outsourcing in the public sector, microsimulation models in the EU and the burning issue of decentralization in case of Ukraine. The last two papers focused on higher education financing and constructions regulation.

For the next year we plan to announce two research tracks (local taxation and public private interface) and we will try to encourage comparative research.



Activities in 2014

Meeting of the Working Group on Public Finance and Public Financial Management
WG Programme Coordinators:

Lucie Sedmihradska,University of Economics of Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
Juraj Nemec, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
 
Place:  The 22nd NISPAcee Annual Conference, Budapest, Hungary
Date:  May 22-24, 2014
 
The working group announced two tracks for this conference:
(1) Local government taxation: Tax autonomy versus tax competition and
(2) "Better” governmental spending as a reaction to the crisis.
We received six papers prepared according to the reserach protocol - three on local taxes and three on public procurement. We also accepted a range of papers focusing on other different public financial management and fiscal policy topics.
In the first section there were presented and substantially discussed three papers dealing with tax competition and it was agreed to continue with this track for the next year. In the framework of the second track - public procurement - one overview paper and two country case studies were presented and a few members of the group expressed interest in this topic for the next year conference.
The rest of sessions discussed mix of papers on different public finance and public financial management topics, for example economic growth, size economies in delivery of local public services, efficiency of foreign loans, privatisation and many others.
Based on discussions we plan to announce at least two specialized research tracks accompanied with a research protocol for 2015 conference (local taxation and public procurement). The research protocols appeared a useful tool in the previous years for not only young scholars in improvement of their researcher and preparation of the paper. At the same time we announce a call for groups of scholars who would like to organize own session in the framework of the WG. It is requested to submit a proposal to the WG coordinators by mid June. The proposal should include short description of the topic, major research questions and a list of interested participants. This sub-group is of course open, but it is meaningful to announce it only in case there are at the at least three definite participants.

 
 
Activities in 2013

Meeting of the Working Group on Public Finance and Public Financial Management
WG Programme Coordinators:

Lucie Sedmihradska,University of Economics of Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
Juraj Nemec, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
 
Place:  The 21st NISPAcee Annual Conference, Belgrade, Serbia
Date:  May 16-18, 2013
 

The working group first time met on the 21st NISPAcee Annual Conference under new name as the Working Group on Public Finance and Public Financial Management. 

 

The working group is primarily interested in public finance, not econometrics,  the coordinators prefer to discuss the benefits or limitations application of these methods in the area of public finance and public financial management. 

 

The WG focused on the following tracks:

  1. General track: public finance and public financial management is welcome

  2. Specialised track: Quantitative methods and public finance research

For the first time of meeting of the working group were welcomed high quality theoretical studies in general track, but empirical papers providing concrete data and their analysis were the main focus.

 

For the special track, papers discussing the role of quantitative methods in public finance research were welcomed. It was expected the contents to encourage discussion on how to use quantitative methods in a proper academic manner.

 


 
 
 
 
 
Activities in 2012

Meeting of the Working Group on Fiscal Policy
WG Programme Coordinators:

Lucie Sedmihradska, University of Economics of Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
Juraj Nemec, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
 
Place: The 20th NISPAcee Annual Conference, Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia
Date:  May 23-26, 201

It was a second time of meeting of the Working Group on Fiscal Policy in 2012, in Ohrid, FYROM.
 
The working group focused on fiscal policy, public finance and public financial amangement issues. Originally two tracks were announced for this conference, i.e. a general track: East and West: Twenty Years of Development: Fiscal Policy and Public Finance; and a special track: Contracting and outsourcing in the public sector, but a significant numebr of authors responded to the current major issue, i.e, the impact of the economic crisis on public finance and the sustainability  of fiscal policy, which means that there is now a special section dedicated to these papers. Regardless of the topic area, the papers deal to a similar extent with both central and local government issues and apply various methodological approaches: country case studies, comparative papers and papers applying modern econometric methods.
 
 
Activities in 2011

Meeting of the Working Group on Fiscal Policy
WG Programme Coordinators:

Lucie Sedmihradska, University of Economics of Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
Vratislav Izak, University of Economics of Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
 
Place: The 19th NISPAcee Annual Conference, Varna, Bulgaria
DateMay 19-22, 2011
 
The working group met for the first time with the intention of establishing within NISPAcee an economically-oriented working group. 
 
Financing of public administration is a key factor which influences the functioning of public administration. Today, the vast majority of countries in the region faces a deterioration in public finances and is undergoing various expenditure cuts. It is therefore important to be aware of both the allocation and stabilisation impacts of these cuts.
 
The submitted papers dealt with question such as the impact of different budgetary items on economic growth, public expenditure evaluation and efficeincy, tax and debt issues and local government finance. The expected outcome of the first year´s work was a clearly defined research question and methodology for the second year of the WG´s project.