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
Panel: Politico-Administrative Relations in CEE 

Panel Coordinator:
Staronova Katarina, Comenius University, Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences,
Bernadette Connaughton, Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Limerick, Ireland.

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"

As a theme politico-administrative relations has been a focus of interest and discussion in numerous NISPAcee conferences.  The panel held at the 29th annual conferene in Ljubljana was chaired by Katarina Staroňová, Comenius University who was on site for the conference and Bernadette Connaughton, University of Limerick was present online.

Despite the extenuating circumstances of the pandemic, three lively sessions took place, and the PAR themes addressed in the eleven presentations/papers were on advisory bodies, ambassadorial appointments, political advisers, and scrutiny of politico-administrative relations in CEE (trust and loyalty, turnover, civil service management). The work presented makes several contributions, notably – interpretations of politicization and explanations for patronage appointments and removals (Staroňová; Zankina), a new typology illustrating the political motivations behind and the types of ambassadorial appointments (Leach), roles of senior civil servants (Gajduschek & Hajnal; Klotz) and the role of advisory bodies/policy advisory systems (Hudec; Bakoš; Connaughton; Musa). In addition, the on political advisers and understanding this role in a CEE context was presented in a paper by Katarina Staroňová and Marek Rybar and this contribution to a distinct gap in the PAR literature was acknowledged in the award for best paper presented at the conference.