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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Conference Main Theme: Citizens' Engagement and Empowerment - The Era of Collaborative Innovation in Governance

Jacob Torfing, Professor of Politics and Institutions / Director, Roskilde School of Governance, Denmark
Jacob Torfing is Professor in Politics and Institutions in the Department of Social Sciences and Business, Roskilde University, Denmark and Professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences, Nord University, Norway. He is the founder and director of the Roskilde School of Governance. He has chaired the Danish Political Science Association, been a member of the Danish Social Science Research Council, and served at the Executive Committee of the European Consortium of Political Research. He has published widely in the field of network governance, collaborative innovation, political leadership, public governance paradigms and new forms of democracy.
Juraj Nemec, Professor of Public Finance and Management, Masaryk University Brno, Czech Republic and Matej Bel University Banska Bystrica, Slovakia.
Juraj Nemec 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.
Call for papers

In the present context of governance in Europe characterised by a co-existence of increasingly diverse and conflictive societal values, political styles and external pressures or even shocks, it is frequently argued that there is a growing democratic deficit, or in some instances, even the quality of democratic governance is in jeopardy. Citizens have been alienated from the decision-making process about crucial issues that directly affect their quality of life. This has led to such outcomes as the further dismantlement of the welfare state and a general decline in societal trust, which have gravely undermined the scope and quality of public services. One of the possible answers to this complex problem has been sought by, amongst others, both academics and practitioners, in the development of different new forms of citizen engagement that create better public value, improve accountability and the legitimacy of public authorities. Thus, co-production and co-creation have emerged as the main forms of collaborative innovation in the public sphere, involving a wide spectrum of external stakeholders, with a capacity to solve the wicked problems we face today. Over time, besides co-production and co-creation, several other 'co-‘concepts have arisen (e.g. co-governance, co-management, co-design),  which rely on a 'common denominator', that is, the idea  that public policy decisions should be evaluated, elaborated, developed and implemented with participation from the public.

Participation of different stakeholders refers to their involvement in both policy making and public services delivery. Stakeholders can be citizens or communities, civil society organisations and/or private sector subjects that are both able and eager to engage in improving public service delivery, building a broader consensus and supporting the design and implementation of public projects. An important aspect of stakeholders' engagement is their socialisation and empowerment, as a result of which citizens better understand public decisions and policies and consequently, contribute to greater public value. At the same time, through these interactions, the public sector becomes more sensitive to the context and capable of mobilising citizens' resources, knowledge and experience with the purpose of responding more effectively to their needs. Despite the advantages, there are also certain challenges involved in public participation: it may be (seen as) overly time-consuming and expensive, lacking adequate institutional and human resource capacity, being influenced by interest groups, and affected by the decreased legitimacy and accountability of elected officials.

At the same time, participatory experiences are not universal across the different administrative traditions, which differently shape and influence the level of stakeholder engagement in public affairs. For instance, 'co-'concepts are often identified in the context of the New Public Governance Model which prevails in the Anglo-Saxon and Nordic administrative traditions, where citizens are traditionally more involved in public affairs. In contrast, the Central Eastern European (CEE) countries are usually trying to catch up with and follow already established trends in Western Europe. This is often carried out without any critical deliberation as to how these 'western' ideas and concepts should be implemented (or adapted) within the context from the environment in which they were initially developed. And it is precisely through approaching participation/engagement through the prism of different administrative traditions, we recognise the key issue that requires wider debate and elaboration ‒ not only in terms of how, when and where we can examine the advantages of engagement, but also in terms of the possible disadvantages and challenges of the process.

Therefore, the NISPAcee annual conference in 2021 is expected to attract papers that will invigorate discussion about possible ways of citizens' empowerment in the CEE region, in connection to its developments/tradition, governance practices, regulatory framework, financial capacity, public policy, digitalisation processes, human resource management and public administration itself. This topic can be elaborated upon by experts, researchers and scholars from different disciplines, not only at the main session but also in working groups and panel sessions.

The authors are invited to submit original research papers. We especially welcome empirical papers providing concrete data and their analysis. The method of the papers is open, and can utilise any standard method of qualitative or quantitative research (e.g. single or multiple case studies, comparative methods, literature review method).
The necessary structure of the proposed abstract is as follows:

•    The importance of the topic,
•    Paper goal and planned research question(s),
•    Data and methodology,
•    Expected findings.