Date: October 21-23, 2021
Main theme of the conference:"Citizens' Engagement and Empowerment - The Era of Collaborative Innovation in Governance"
Organised in cooperation with Faculty of Public Administration, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
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.
Therefore, at the NISPAcee annual conference in 2021 were presented 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 was upon by experts, researchers and scholars from different disciplines, not only at the main session but also in working groups and panel sessions.
The conference was opened by welcome and openning speeches presented by:
NISPAcee President, Corvinus University of Budapest, Budapest, Hungary,
, Dean, Faculty of Public Administration, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana,
President of the Republic of Slovenia,
Mark Boris Andrijanič
, Minister, Ministry for Digital Transformation of the Republic of Slovenia,
, ASPA President, ICAPA Chair, Florida International University, Miami, Florida, United States, followed by keynote speeches.
Konference keynote speakers:
200 participants (120 physical and 80 online) from 40 countries participated in the 29th NISPAcee Annual Conference
Jacob Torfingis an award-winning and decorated full professor in politics and institutions at Department of Social Sciences and Business, Roskilde University. He is the founder and director of the Roskilde School of Governance (previously known as the Centre for Democratic Network Governance). Recently, he was awarded the Danish degree of Doctor Scientiarum Administrationis. He is a scientific expert in the fields of network governance, co-creation, climate change, public innovation, policy reform, institutional theory and discourse analysis. He has chaired the Danish Political Science Association (DPSA), been a long-term member of the Danish Social Science Research Council, and served at the Executive Committee of the European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR). He has published more than 30 books and 260 journal articles, book chapters and research communications that together have generated more than 14,000 Google Scholar citations (h-index 50).
Juraj Nemec is an expert and the university professor in the area of public management and public finance. He has comprehensive theoretical and practical experience with public administration reforms in the European Union and in the Central and Eastern Europe region particularly (via teaching, research and working on various advisory and consultancy projects with national and local governments in many countries of the region). In his recent research he also focuses on collaborative innovations in governance (projects LIPSE or SOLIDUS, for example). He is the current Immediate Past-President of NISPAcee, member of CEPA UN and Vice-President of IASIA. He is also the Project Director of the working group "Public Leaderships, Governance and Management” of the IASIA and serves as a co-chair of NISPAcee’s working group "Public Financial Management”. He has been editor-in-chief of the NISPAcee Journal of Public Administration and Policy since 2007, indexed in more than 30 databases including Elsevier – SCOPUS and Web of Science (Clarivate). He has published over 400 books and scientific articles in his field and has filled several academic posts.
: Afghanistan, Albania, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Georgia, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Netherlands, Nigeria, Philippines, Poland, Republic of Moldova, Republic of North Macedonia, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States.
NISPAcee would like to thank the local organisers, the Faculty of Public Administration, University of Ljubljana, mainly to Maja Klun the Chair of the Local Organizing Committee
, memebrs of the Committee and the whole Slovenian team for the excellent organisation of the conference, financial support and preparation of
the social events, which created a special, friendly and pleasant atmosphere for conference participants.
Simultaneously, NISPAcee would like to thank to members of the International Program Committee,
including the coordinators of all research working groups, chairs of sessions and panels for their contributions to the high scientific and academic value of the entire event.
NISPAcee Business Meeting, Elections and the New NISPAcee President
was held during the conference on October 22, 2021. Three NISPAcee Steering Committee members were re-elected for their second term in the SC:
Calin Hintea, Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences, Babes-Bolyai University, Romania,
Juraj Nemec, Faculty of Economics and Administration, Masaryk University Brno, Czech Republic,
Eka Akobia, Caucasus School of Governance, Caucasus University, Georgia.
NISPAcee Awards presented at the NISPAcee Annual Conference 2021
NISPAcee Merit Award 2021: Elena Žáková,
Former NISPAcee Senior Manager, for her 20 years substantial support and contribution to NISPAcee's development.
Mzia Mikeladze PhD Thesis Award 2020
presented to Petra Durman
, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia, for her PhD thesis:The Influence of Organisational Variables on the Process and the Results of Participation in Public Administration.
Mzia Mikeladze PhD Thesis Award 2021
presented to Zoltán Török
, Corvinus University of Budapest, Budapest, Hungary, for his PhD thesis: Understanding Large Scale Policy Change / National Policy Reform Under External Constraints.
NISPAcee Best Graduate Student Paper Award
presented to Steven Nõmmik,
Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia for his paper: Cross-organisational collaboration management of digital innovation in the public sector – the case of the Estonian Employment Register.
Thank you all for participation and contribution