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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WG4: Inter-regional and Cross-border Cooperation and Development

WG coordinators: 

  • Barabashev, Alexey – National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russiaa,

Prof. Alexey G. Barabashev teaches courses at the Research University - Higher School of Economics - on the civil service, including civil service reforms in Russia, and evaluation of the effectiveness of administration. 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, including the impact of effectiveness evaluations on the work of administration. Currently, he is the President of the School of Graduate studies at National Research University – Higher School of Economics (Moscow). From 2004 until 2019 he has served as President (2011-2019) and Dean (2004-2011) of the School of Public Administration and Management and 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 for public service reform under 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) scholar in 1992 and 2013,President of the Kennan Russian Alumni Association (1992-1996), and President-elect of the Alumni Association for Russia-US Academic Exchange Programs (1996-2000). From 2015 till 2019 he has served as a member of the Advisory Council of the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies.
  • Andreeva, Lyubimka - Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski”, Sofia, Bulgaria,

Dr. Lyubimka Andreeva is a Chief Assistant Professor at Department of Public Administration at Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski”. She works in the field of public administration, including the regulations of energy sector, services of general economic interest, more specifically energy services, public policy, public governance (the regulatory state), administrative systems and development. Her work experience includes teaching courses in the areas of Administrative systems and development, Assessment of the administrative capacity, Human resource management and Energy governance. Main areas of scientific interest are governance, public policies, the effectiveness of their implementation, the role of public services as key policy instruments in the Inter-regional cooperation and development process.
  • Annika Jaansoo, University of Twente, The Netherlands,

Annika Jaansoo is a PhD student in University of Twente, The Netherlands. Her research is about cross-border cooperation of subnational governments (regions and local governments) in service provision: "Provision of Services Across International Borders: Factors driving Cooperation of Subnational Governments in Europe". In addition to her academic research interest, through her work experience as an Expert in international organizations (AEBR, AER) (2015 to date), Auditor (2012-2014), Development Manager (2010-2012) and Partner/Senior Consultant (2001-2010), Annika Jaansoo has expertise in subnational governance in practice.
Call for papers
The main goal of WG IV "Inter-regional Cooperation and Development" for the 29th NISPAcee Annual Conference "Citizens' Engagement and Empowerment - The Era of Collaborative Innovation in Governance” is focused on the process of social and cultural peculiarities of inter-regional cooperation in this process, engaging citizens in holding and participation in inter-regional cooperation, and the impact of inter-regional cooperation in cooperative processes. The concept of inter-regional cooperation and development, its definitions, and the rationale of inter-regional cooperation based on citizens' participation are also the main focus of WG IV research.

For the NISPAcee Conference in 2021, WG IV concentrates on topics related to the aims of WG IV, and its focal points, such as:
•    Citizens’ participation aspects in public governance inter-regional process in the EU and beyond;
•    The role of civil societies in the Inter-regional and Cross-border Cooperation and Development Process;
•    Strategies for including Citizens' Engagement and Empowerment in the policy process and design via different countries and areas;
•    Cultural and ethnic aspects of citizens’ participation in inter-regional development;
•    Best practices of citizens' participation in inter-regional and cross-border cooperation;
•    Theory definitions of citizens' participation in inter-regional and cross-border cooperation and development, based on national and international practices.  

We are expecting papers which address those aforementioned topics and have both theoretical and practical relevance, i.e. applicants should take into account and include in their papers recommendations for better shaping of inter-regional cooperation, based on citizens’ participation and empowerment, including points for practitioners and points relating to the EU and other countries and regions of NISPAcee.

Requirements for the structure of the proposed abstract:
•    The names of the authors and their affiliation,
•    The problem description,
•    The relevance of the paper for WG IV,
•    The objective or the research question(s),
•    The case(s), data and methodology,
•    Expected findings.

In addition, due to the cancellation of the 28th NISPAcee Annual Conference in 2020, WG IV "Inter-regional Cooperation and Development" provides an opportunity to those participants who were selected with accepted abstracts/papers in the WG IV previous conference, if they so wish, to be included in the 29th NISPAcee Annual Conference WG IV schedule.