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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WG 9: The Rule of Law & Public Administration
WG coordinators: 

  • Polonca Kovač, Faculty of Administration, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia,

Polonca Kovač is a full professor of administrative law and public administration at the Faculty of Administration, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. She is as a steering committee member of the NISPAcee and a co-director of the Law and Administration panel of the European Group of Public Administration (EGPA). Her research and expertise are focused primarily on good governance principles, particularly rule of law, transparency and participation, administrative procedural law, inspection supervision and tax procedures, and reforms related to Europeanisation of public administration. She is an editor and author of numerous scientific articles, conference papers and edited books, editor-in-chief of the Central European Public Administration Review (CEPAR), and acts as an OECD/SIGMA expert.

  • Anamarija Musa, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, Croatia,

Anamarija Musa is an associate professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, Croatia. Her research and teaching topics include public administration reform and Europeanisation, regulation and regulatory governance, transparency and participation, e-government, local government and organisation theory. Besides academic work, she gained wide practical experience in projects and law drafting in Croatia (access to information, RIA, ombudsman, state administration, civil service, and administrative procedure) and SEE region, as well as the Croatian Information Commissioner 2013-2018.
Call for papers

Background, objectives and the main topics of the WG
The "rule of law” is a traditional principle, aimed at limiting the power of the state, administrative institutions and officials towards citizens and other subjects and at ensuring that authoritative decisions are legally based and generally sound. It frames public policies design and the rule making (regulatory level), individual administrative proceedings and implementation of authoritative decisions and legislation, as well as any other administrative actions (implementation level). Known in various legacies, from Aristotle’s recitals and Middle Age theory (Dicey) to the 19th century German Rechtsstaat or French Etat de droit, the principle evolved over time within different cultural and political-administrative systems. Nowadays it represents a set of complementary (sub)principles and guarantees, such as proprietor rights, access to information, right to be heard and participate in public matters, judicial review, etc. The rule of law is a "supra” principle of good administration and sound public governance. The rule of law in administrative relations is also one of the salient elements of the ongoing transitional development in CEEs where, in both a general way and to a certain extent, in contrast, to traditional democracies. Moreover, it reflects a significant Europeanisation effect due to EU frameworks. However, the legal aspects are only one dimension of modern administration that must not exclude economic, managerial, political and other considerations.

This WG group at the NISPAcee 2021 Conference welcomes papers exploring specific sub-elements of the rule of law in the CEE region based on national case studies or in the comparative dimension (of CEE countries or CEE countries and other countries in Europe or beyond). Generally, the central issues are expected to be related to the challenges to the rule of law in the CEEs, or the emergence of the rule of law as a part of administrative reforms in EU candidate countries. Given the influences of the administrative doctrine as well as theory, the impact of both European and global administrative law on CEE administrations and governance are warmly greeted. We specifically aim to initiate academic debate and critically evaluate the recent trends. However, special emphasis on the up-to-date topics, such as the general 2021 conference theme on collaborative governance and overcoming COVID-19 are particularly welcome.

The key topics to be addressed in 2021 (but are not restricted to) are the following:
•    Topic 1: Collaborative governance and participation in administrative procedures and processes.
•    Topic 2: Transparency v. data protection/tax secrecy & accountability of authorities/officials.
•    Topic 3: COVID-19 pandemic measures as a learning lesson in the light of the RoL.
The requirements for the contributions
Both theoretical and empirical papers, focusing on national case studies or comparative work within and beyond the above three topics, are welcome. The papers can be grounded in various disciplines, from public administration, law, public policy/political science, economics, to interdisciplinary manuscripts. Due to the cancellation of the 2020 Split conference, especially the authors, whose papers applications were already accepted, are invited to apply.

Abstracts/applications should include (i) the selected topic as embedded within the RoL, (ii) indication of the research problem addressed, (iii) methodology (qualitative and quantitative), (iv) scope of the paper, and (v) expected findings as well as (vi) academic and/or practical contribution of the paper, i.e. its originality and significance for the RoL in public administration/governance. The prospective authors are encouraged to submit applications and especially full papers based on IMRaD structure. The high-quality full papers will be considered for publishing in the NISPAcee journal and other editions.