The 29th NISPAcee Annual Conference

The 30th NISPAcee Annual Conference, Bucharest, Romania, June 2 - June 4, 2022

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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WG3:  Public Administration Reform in CEE and CA

WG coordinators: 

  • Dr. Diana-Camelia Iancu, Faculty of Public Administration, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania,

Diana-Camelia Iancu is a Senior Lecturer of European Governance and serves as Dean of the Faculty of Public Administration at the National School of Political Studies and Public Administration. She was public policy consultant for different international donors (OECD, World Bank Group) and managed a European Social Fund project dealing with blended learning and quality assessment of public administration teaching programmes in Romania. Her research interests include international development and administrative capacity building in transitional countries. 

  • Dr. Veronica Junjan, Department of Public Administration, Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences, University of Twente,  Enschede, The Netherlands,

Assistant Professor at the Department of Public Administration, Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Science, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands. Her current research focuses on investigating decision-making processes and public performance management, particularly within the mechanisms and dynamics of public sector reform associated with EU multi-level governance. Since 2008 she has been involved as co-Chair in the coordination of the work of, first the Panel, then the Working Group on Public Administration Reform in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
Call for papers

Conflicts resulting in millions displaced and hungered, climate changing with irreversible consequences for the well-being of states and territories, forests and waters, disinformation leading to populism and illegitimate leadership, 2.5 quintillion of bytes of data created every day and a non-fungible token (NFT) sold for 69 million dollars (the most expensive NFT to the present day)  - this is the landscape in which our governments need not only to react, but also to champion change. They need to delicately and sustainably balance equal access, efficient delivery, and competitiveness, while exercising agility and innovation.


How can this be achieved? Exploring the governmental capacity, its reforms and (in some cases) de-forms, looking at the success factors, as well as those that impede progress has caught for some time the attention of the scholars of public administration worldwide. This Call is open to senior academics, early-stage researchers, as well as practitioners of "wicked problems management”, open to discuss their own account of the process of building administrative capacity locally, nationally, or internationally. We are interested, in particular, to explain the variety of governmental reactions to different crisis situations, how do institutions become resilient and to what costs?


This Working Group has a long tradition within NISPAcee and is widely known for its strong community of thinkers and doers of public administration reforms throughout and beyond the CEE Region and the Caucasus. We invite you to join our sessions in June 2022 and share your more recent projects as well as research papers focusing on (but not limited at):

1.     Solutions for governments to be more agile in their crisis management. References to the current Pandemic, as well as other national, regional or local issues of concern are highly encouraged.

2.     Lessons for the future: what do politicians and civil servants learn from past encounters with the wicked problems? How is society reacting? Case studies on organizational change, as well as public consultations in times of crisis are warmly expected.

3.     Where do we stand and how ca we help? Papers exploring the impact of academic works on the quality of governmental responses when facing crisis are welcome.  


Successful applications can be submitted in the form of a research or policy paper.  Exceptionally, essays of the highest quality discussing governmental and societal resilience, as well as the impact of scholarly work on policymaking are accepted.


Abstracts of research papers should include a minimal literature review, a clear question and methodology and discuss briefly the main (expected) results.  For policy papers  abstracts should focus on presenting the context and the policy problem, existent alternatives and suggested recommendations.

The sessions of our WG are expected to be highly engaging. Participants are strongly encouraged to discuss their findings and recommendations, network and share their insights and knowledge with a multi-cultural rich community.  The most qualitative and innovative researches focusing on the CEE region and the Caucasus will be fast tracked for publication in a collective (internationally peer-reviewed) volume dedicated to Lessons learnt in Public Administration Reforms in the CEE and the Caucasus. The volume is planned to be published in Spring 2023.

From participants of this working group full paper is required before the conference.
Deadline of full paper submission is 20th of May 2022.

You can find manuscript guidelines on THIS LINK.