The 29th NISPAcee Annual Conference

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

Excellent conference. I really enjoyed the papers, speakers, schedule and location and great staff!

D.B., United States, 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2019, Prague

...relating to public administration and policy. Good opportunities for networking.

N.D., Georgia, 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2019, Prague

Excellent participants, argument-driven discussions, impartial and supportive Chairs in the Working Group.

D.G., Republic of North Macedonia, 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2019, Prague detail and I really enjoyed the supportive and encouraging atmosphere there. Thank you!

R.B., Lithuania, 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2019, Prague

...both in terms of academic quality and logistics, and also social events. It was a true joy.

E.Z., Bulgaria, 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2019, Prague

...The special programmes were really excellent and we took home many varied experiences.

P.N., Hungary, 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2019, Prague

...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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WG1: Local Government

WG coordinators: 

  • Michiel S de Vries, Chair of the department of Public Administration, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands,

Michiel S de Vries 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.

  • Daniel Klimovský, Comenius University in Bratislava, Faculty of Arts, Department of Political Science,

Daniel Klimovský is Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science, Faculty of Arts, Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia. At the same he cooperates with the Institute of Political Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. He is alternate member of the Group of Independent Experts on the European Charter of Local Self-Government of the Council of Europe. In addition, he is member of the editorial board of several journals focused on public administration and/or public policy. His research and educational activities are focused on public administration, as well as political issues linked to sub-national levels. He has been involved in numerous international projects, and he is a policy advisor or analyst of several public authorities.

  • Tim Jäkel, National Research University Higher School of Economics: School of Public Administration, Russia,
Tim Jäkel is an Assistant Professor at the School of Politics and Governance of the National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russian Federation. He holds a PhD in Political Science (Dr. rer. pol.) from the University of Heidelberg, Germany. Prior to joining the National Research University Higher School of Economics, he worked as a research fellow at the German Research Institute for Public Administration Speyer, Germany. Tim’s research interests include public management, work-attitudes and behaviors, and public affairs in Russia. Results from his research were recently published in the International Review of Public Administration, the NISPACee Journal of Public Administration and Policy, Statistics, Politics and Policy, and Teaching Public Administration.

Call for papers

The working group on Local Government deals with all sub-national levels of governance from several points of view: regulation, structure, organisation, functioning, finance, representation, election, and public policies etc. The WG especially welcomes empirical research results, comparative analysis, theoretical contributions and, of course, interdisciplinary approaches are supported.

The working group invites papers dealing with topics such as:
•    Local democracy, the role of councils, new forms of participation,
•    New horizontal linkages between local governments and state agencies in public service delivery,
•    Size, scales, capacities, cooperation of municipalities,
•    New challenges in public policy at local and regional level,
•    The context in which local governments have to operate,
•    Stakeholders inside the municipality,
•    Intergovernmental relations between the local, regional, national and European levels.

As the 2020 NISPA Conference was cancelled, papers that were prepared for that conference and which participants want to present in 2021 are still welcome. Proposals for such papers still have to be sent in before the deadline.

For 2021, the working group would like to organise a session on the impact of COVID-19 policies on the functioning of local governments in the CEE region. We invite participants to submit papers focused on impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in the following fields:

-     Vertical inter-governmental relations -between national – mid level - local government.
-     Horizontal inter-governmental relations – between municipalities.
-     Structural change within local government organizations.
-     Legal, economic and financial issues for local governments linked to local or national policies trying to contain the pandemic.
-     The impact of the pandemic on the efficiency and/or effectiveness of local service delivery as a result of civil servants working from home.
-     Budget cuts and limitation of service delivery of local governments.

Thus, although general papers on developments in local government in CEE countries are still welcome, we invite especially theoretical and empirical papers that address the issues mentioned above.
Proposals for papers to be presented at the 2020 NISPAcee conference should include the following:

1.    The names of the authors and their affiliation.
2.    The research question to be answered in the paper.
3.    The way in which the research question is going to be answered.
4.    Information about the case(s)/data to be analysed.
5.    The relevance of the paper for the working group