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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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"
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:
Gyorgy Hajnal, NISPAcee President, Corvinus University of Budapest, Budapest, Hungary,
Mirko Pecaric, Dean, Faculty of Public Administration, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana,
Borut Pahor, President of the Republic of Slovenia,
Mark Boris Andrijanič, Minister, Ministry for Digital Transformation of the Republic of Slovenia,
Allan Rosenbaum, ASPA President, ICAPA Chair, Florida International University, Miami, Florida, United States, followed by keynote speeches.

Konference keynote speakers:

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.

200 participants (120 physical and 80 online) from 40 countries participated in the 29th NISPAcee Annual Conference: 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.
The Steering Committee elected Calin Hintea the new NISPAcee President for two years term after the Business Meeting.
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.

Alena Brunovská Award for Teaching Excellence in Public Administration 2020 presented to Maja Klun, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Alena Brunovská Award for Teaching Excellence in Public Administration 2021presented to Daniel Klimovský, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia.
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.
Award for the Best Comparative Paper Presented at the 29th NISPAcee Annual Conference presented to Katarína Staroňová, Comenius University, Slovakia and Marek Rybár, Masaryk University, Czech Republic for their paper: Still Hiding in the Shadows? Political Advisers in Central and Eastern Europe.
 Thank you all for participation and contribution
We are looking forward meeting you all in 2022 on the 30th NISPAcee Annual Conference in Bucharest.