The 28th NISPAcee Annual Conference

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Conference photos available

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

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The 2020 NISPAcee On-line Conference

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

...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

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

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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WG3:  Public Administration Reform in CEE and CA

WG coordinators: 

  • Dr. Diana-Camelia Iancu, Faculty of Public Administration, National University of Political Studies and 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. 

  • Dr. Veronica Junjan, Department of Public Administration, Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences, 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.

Call for papers:

In fluid and diverse political and socio-economical contexts, governments strive to contribute to the welfare of all their clients, regardless of age - (post)millennial or senior citizens), residence (urban or rural) or education (graduates or illiterates). They are asked to guarantee equal access, speedy delivery, and qualitative services and to stay competitive in markets that increasingly value flexibility and innovation (Sum and Jessop, 2013; Andersen and Pors, 2016). Whilst observing the changing expectations of how and when services are being delivered, governments are also expected to spend less, often relying on scarce and poorly motivated human resources. Finally, as a consequence of digitalisation, whilst remarkable advances are possible because of artificial intelligence, cloud computing and data analytics, governments are being asked to be cautious in handling personal data violations, fake news, and other unintended consequences of the e-revolution (Castells, 2010; World Economic Forum, 2017; Schou and Hjelholt, 2018; DESI Report, 2019). 
We strongly encourage scholars and policy makers to join our sessions in Split and to reflect on one (or more) of the following questions:
1. How do governments deal with the structural change driven by digitalisation? To what extent do they update their reform strategies and instruments for ensuring good governance and with what visible outcomes? 
2. How can governments make their clients trust them for the right reasons and governmental organisations trust each other to attain the common good?
3. What weight does digitalisation carry for the accountability of the reform processes and strategies it triggered and with what consequences for the overall transparency of the post-Weberian bureaucracies? 

Successful applications should include a review of the relevant literature, a clear research question and methodologies, and briefly discuss the expected results. For policy papers, the overview of the policy problem, a short account of the existent alternatives and the proposed recommendations should ensure acceptance of the proposal. 
All contributors invited to join our sessions will have the opportunity to discuss their papers with the chairs, appointed discussants and invited participants. The chairs expect that a number of papers will be invited to contribute to a joint-publication of the WG, dedicated to the challenges digitalisation brings for public administration reforms across the globe.

Andersen, Niels Åkerstrøm; Pors, Justine Grønbæk, 2016, Public Management in Transition: The Orchestration of Potentiality. Bristol: Policy Press.
Castells, M., 2010 [1996], The Rise of the Network Society (Information Age: Economy, Society, and Culture Volume 1), Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
DESI Report (The Digital Economy and Society Index), 2019, European Commission, online at: (last access: June 30, 2019)
Schou, Jannick; Hjelholt, Morten, 2018, Digitalisation and Public Sector Transformations, Cham: Springer International Publishing, Palgrave MacMillan.
Sum, Ngai - Ling.;  Jessop, Bob, 2013, Towards a Cultural Political Economy: Putting Culture in Its Place in Political Economy. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

World Economic Forum, 2017, Digital Transformation Initiative (in Collaboration with Accenture). Executive Summary, January 2017, online at: (last access: June 30, 2019)