The 25th 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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The 28th NISPAcee Annual Conference cancelled

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

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

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

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

The Conference was very academically fruitful!

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International Program Committee

Juraj Nemec, NISPAcee President / Professor, Faculty of Economics and Administration, Masaryk University Brno, Czech Republic,
Juraj Nemec holds an MBA in Business Administration, a Ph.D. in Public Sector Economics and is Professor of Public Finance and Public Management at the Faculty of Economics of the University in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia and at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic, with 34 years experience in teaching in public finance, public sector management and public procurement. He published over 400 books and scientific articles in this field and fulfilled several academic posts, including the position of ‘Dean of the Faculty of Finance’. He is one of top CEE and SEE academic and research persons (according to unofficial scientometric ranking between top 10). During his academic and professional carrier he gained a lot of experience with the political and administrative situation in these regions, European integration process and EU enlargement. In 2010 he received important reward for his performance – NISPAcee Alena Brunovska Award. He is Vice-President of the International Research Society for Public Management, Vice-President of the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA), project director of the IASIA permanent working group and served for many years as a member of the Accreditation Committee of the European Association of Public Administration Accreditation till 2015.


Chairs of Main Conference Theme
Marat Safiullin, Kazan Federal University, Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan, Russian Federation,
Marat Safiullin is a Vice-Rector for Economic and Strategic Development at Kazan Federal University, Russia, and Director of the Advanced Economic Research Centre in the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tatarstan, Kazan, Russia. He supervises certain activities at Kazan Federal University (KFU), fulfilling, supporting and monitoring KFU's Concept and Development Programme, their further optimisation and appropriate reports; implements KFU's strategic management plans; makes proposals and devises new projects aimed at the University's development, long-term and medium-term plans, and prepares economic feasibility reports and performance evaluations of the University's development programmes and plans. He was a Minister of Economy of the Republic of Tatarstan from 2007 to 2010 and until 2007 he was working as a Counsellor of State on economic and social issues under the President of the Republic of Tatarstan. He was Head of the Management Department, Kazan State Financial Economic Institute from 1998 to 2007. In addition, he has several awards, for example, "Honoured Economist of the Republic of Tatarstan" and "Honoured Worker of Science of the Republic of Tatarstan".

Piret Tõnurist, Research Fellow, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia,
Piret Tõnurist holds a PhD in in Public Administration with a specialization in technology governance, MA in technology governance and MSc in policy analysis. She is a research fellow at the Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governance in Tallinn University of Technology (TUT) and between 2016-2017 she works in the Observatory of Public Sector Innovation at the OECD on systems thinking and public sector innovation measurement. During the last three years she has coordinated research for TUT in the FP7 project "Learning from Innovation in Public Sector Environments” (LIPSE). Piret has worked on public sector innovation labs, co-production, digitization, machine-to-machine coordination, innovation policy management (incl. state owned companies), behavioral public administration and energy technologies. She is a co-chair of the European Group for Public Administration permanent study group "Behavioral Public Administration”. In addition, she has previously worked as a freelance consultant, consultant for the Parliament of Estonia and as a performance auditor (innovation and entrepreneurial policy) for the National Audit Office of Estonia.
Chairs of General Session

Mirko Vintar, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia,


Marius Profiroiu, NISPAcee Immediate Past 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

Ilona Pálné Kovács, Professor, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, University of Pécs, Hungary,
Professor Ilona Pálné Kovács is a lawyer, political scientist, elected as a corresponding member of Hungarian Academy of Science HAS in 2013. She is a full time professor and the head of PhD programme in political science at the Department for Political Studies of University of Pécs. Recently she is a director of the Institute for Regional Studies, CERS HAS. Her fields of interest are regional policy, regional governance and local governments, European multi-level governance, cohesion policy, Europeanisation. She conducted many domestic and international projects, participating in several FP, ESF, INTERREG, TEMPUS, ESPON, UNESCO, EC DG Regio programmes.

Michiel S. de Vries, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands,
He holds the chair in Public Administration at the Radboud University of Nijmegen and is visiting professor at the Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. He is president of IASIA, full member of the Group of Independent Experts on the European Charter of Local Self-Government of the Council of Europe and member of the editorial board of numerous journals on Public Administration. His research concentrates on local government, public sector reform, policy evaluation, policy change and comparative public administration.

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, Faculty of Public Administration, Bucharest, 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.
Aleksander Aristovnik, Associate Professor, Faculty of Public Administration, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia,
Aleksander Aristovnik is employed at the Faculty of Public Administration (University of Ljubljana) as an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics and Public Sector Management. In addition, he is an Associate Professor in the Department of International Economics at the Faculty of Economics (University of Ljubljana). He has actively participated in around sixty international conferences and has recently performed as the head or a member of a few international and domestic research projects financed by the Slovenian Research Agency (SRA). He has also published and reviewed many professional and scientific articles in domestic and international (ISI-cited) journals. He is a member of editorial board of numerous international journals (e.g. International journal of knowledge and learning, Journal of applied economic sciences, etc.) and various international associations/organisations (e.g. EEA, INFER, ATINER, etc.).

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 Social Geography 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 Lithuanian public sector organizations. 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. 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 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 and Saint John International University, 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 a 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 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.