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

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L. S., Latvia, 21st Conference 2013, Serbia

The Conference was very academically fruitful!

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Panel: Behavioural Interventions in the Public Sector

Panel Chairs:

  • Emília Sičáková-Beblavá, Institute of Public Policy, Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovak Republic
Emília Sičákova-Beblavá is an Professor at Comenius University. She serves as a head of Public Policy Institute at Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences. Here she conducts research (including behavioral experiments in public sector), manages graduate and PhD programs on public policy and teaches courses related to operation of public sector, including behavioral public policy. She has been involved with Transparency International Slovakia since 1998 as its President and since 2010 as the Board Member. Her post-gradual programs include Georgetown University, Yale University, Harvard university and World Bank.

  • Jiří Špalek, Department of Public Economics, Faculty of Economics and Administration, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
Jiří Špalek is an Associate professor at Masaryk University. He serves as a head of Department of Public Economics and the director of Masaryk University Experimental Laboratory (MUEEL). He focuses on the application of quantitative methods in public sector research. Mainly, he uses methods of experimental and behavioral economics for studying various public economic and public policy issues. His recent projects analyze the motives why people take part in corrupt or bribery contracts, reasons for tax compliance on one hand or tax evasion on the other. He is the head of the Public Economy and Administration study programme at Masaryk University which holds international accreditation by EAPAA. He teaches courses covering public economics, public choice, and experimental and behavioral methods courses.
Call for papers

Background and rationale

In recent years, public administrations across the world have begun to recognise the added value of incorporating insights of behavioural sciences into public policy making and public management. As a result, various forms of new measures, methodologies or even policies have been introduced.
Behavioural interventions, i.e. measures that ought to lead individuals or organisations towards a particular behaviour through positive influence on their decisions, seized perhaps most of the attention during the past few years for the subtleness of their attempted influence. If skilfully and ethically designed, nudges and boosts could help drive behavioural change where it is needed. The challenge remains as to whom and how will they safeguard the quality and ethics of these measures? Furthermore, when are these new measures an appropriate option, what are their limits and how precisely can we determine them?
Behavioural insights also make us rethink the very purpose of public policies. Policies seen from the behavioural perspective should be firmly interlinked with particular forms of behaviour, for it is a particular behavioural response – the compliance of policy subjects with policy´s rules - that is the ultimate goal of a great many policies. This, of course, brings about a variety of challenges. Great stress on evidence-based policy making is, for instance, brought about hand in hand with such a behavioural approach, yet public administrations are, on many occasions, not yet ready for it.
The increasing number of comprehensive catalogues describing attempts to utilise behavioural interventions by local, national and international public administrations is nonetheless proving that however demanding behavioural public policy may be, it is nothing unless it can be meaningfully done.
We are, in other words, witnessing an emergence of a new field in public administration and management that bridges scientific research with the actual practice of public administrators/managers. The panel on research concerning behavioural public policies is thus a response to this trend.

The objectives of the Panel and the topics to be covered

The objective of this panel is to discuss and network the research conducted within the behavioural sciences area and provide a platform for current, cutting-edge researchers concerned with solving public policy issues by employing behavioural insights. The focus of the panel is on research that belongs to the area of behavioural and experimental economics, political sciences, public policy and public management, whose conclusions are relevant in today´s innovative public administrators across the globe and whose methods satisfy current scientific standards set out, especially by research in cognitive psychology and experimental economics.
While theoretical papers are welcomed, this panel will especially welcome papers describing applied research that is concerned with the utilisation of behavioural insights by public administrations. The topics should be related to behavioural experiments to improve public administration, public services and/or public policies´ efficiency, field studies using behavioural insights, or nudges. Such research is particularly important in the CEE region’s countries, where evidence-based policy is still more the exception than the general rule.

Requirements for contributions

Abstracts from all scholars and professionals with an interest in behavioural experiments in the public sector, including from practitioners working in the sector, are welcomed.  Papers can be theoretical, empirical, and/or have an analytical focus that relates to the above mentioned themes.

Structure of the proposed abstract
•    The objective or the research question(s)
•    Data and methodology
•    Expected findings