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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Report 2021

Meeting of the Working Group on Local Government

WG Programme Coordinators:
Daniel Klimovský, Comenius University in Bratislava, Faculty of Arts, Department of Political Science,
Juraj Nemec,  Masaryk University Brno, Czech Republic and Matej Bel University Banska Bystrica, Slovakia

Place: 29th NISPAcee Annual Conference, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Date: October 21-23, 2021
Main theme of the conference: "Citizens' Engagement and Empowerment - The Era of Collaborative Innovation in Governance"

Two NISPAcee working groups, namely WG1 on Local Government and WG5 on Public Finance and Public Financial Management organised a joint session entitled "Participatory Budgeting in Central and Eastern Europe: A Useful Tool or Trend?". The session was organised in three parts; the first two parts were organised physically, but the final one was virtual. On October 22, 2021, the physical parts of the joint session were held in Ljubljana, Slovenia. In total, nine papers were presented.

- Iwona Sobis (University of Gothenburg) & Michiel de Vries (Radboud University Nijmegen): "Regulation of local public participation: A review of recent studies in EU member states"
- Elżbieta Szulc-Wałecka (Marie Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin): "Citizen participation and engagement in participatory governance- Perspective of Polish local officials in selected municipalities of the Lubelskie Region"
- Katarzyna Radzik-Maruszak (Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin) & Pauliina Lehtonen (Tampere University): "Inclusion as ownership in local participatory budgeting: PB facilitators’ interpretation on the agency of children and young people"
- Natalia Cuglesan (Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca): "Local governance and participatory democracy: Experiments of digital participatory budgeting in Romania" 
- Nejc Brezovar (University of Ljubljana): "Implementing participatory budget at municipal level and Covid-19 impact - experience from Slovenia"
- Jaroslav Dvorak & Gabriele Burbulyte-Tsiskarishvili (both from Klaipeda University): "Lessons learnt from evidence-based participatory budgeting in Lithuania: Case of EmPaci Project" 
- Daniel Klimovský & Jozef Gašparík (both from Comenius University in Bratislava): "The first decade of participatory budgeting in Slovakia: Drivers, Models, and Impacts”
- Péter Klotz (University of Public Service in Budapest): "A New Role Model for Local Governments? Budget Transparency and Participatory Budgeting of Budapest" 
- Maja Klun & Jože Benčina (both from University of Ljubljana): "Determinants of participatory budgeting in Slovenian municipalities" On October 23, 2021 the joint session continued as a virtual event. Two additional papers were presented during this part: 
- Ioana Maria Costea & Despina-Martha Ilucă (both from Alexandru Ioan Cuza University in Iași): "The obligation to be silent - citizen intervention in budgetary procedures" 
- Martina Eckardt (Andrássy University in Budapest) & Janina Apostolou (Hamburg University of Applied Science): "Participatory budgeting in Germany: Increasing transparency in times of fiscal stress"

The contents of the joint session attracted attention. Vibrant discussions followed all presented papers. In addition, the participants indicated their interest in further collaboration. Last but not least, all participants of the joint session had an opportunity to submit their papers as manuscripts for a standard double-blind peer review for the purpose of a special issue of the Slovak Journal of Political Science entitled "Participatory Budgeting in Central and Eastern Europe: A Useful Tool or Trend?". Two of the presented papers (namely those presented by Jaroslav Dvorak and Maja Klun) have already been submitted and conditionally accepted by the journal and they will be published in the special issue mentioned.