The 31th NISPAcee Annual Conference

Conference 2023 Beograd, Serbia, May 25-27, 2023

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

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E.Z., Bulgaria, 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2019, Prague

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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

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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...

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... 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

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M.M.S., Slovakia, 25th Conference 2017, Kazan

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D.Z., Hungary, 24th Conference 2016, Zagreb

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M.S., Serbia, 23rd Conference 2015, Georgia

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L. S., Latvia, 21st Conference 2013, Serbia

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Main Conference Theme: From Policy Design to Policy Practice
  • Martin Potucek, Charles University, Czech Republic,
  Martin Potůček, Professor at Charles University in Prague, guarantor of Master and doctoral programs of Public and Social Policy there.
His research focuses on processes of policy formation and implementation in the Czech Republic, on the regulatory functions of the market, government, civic sector and media, on the European context and global dimension of policy making, and on the problems of Czech public administration, social policy, and pension reforms.
He acted as an adviser to the Czech Ministers of Labour and Social Affairs (1998–2006) and to Czech Prime Ministers (2002–2004, 2014 – 2017).  In one of his recent public engagements, he served as the Chairman of the Expert Committee on Pension Reform to the Czech government (2013 – 2017). Several of its reform proposals were recently accepted and embodied in laws.
President of the Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe (NISPAcee), Bratislava, Slovakia (2000-2002). Holder of the Sri Chinmoy International Honour "Lifting Up the World with a Oneness-Heart" (2003) and the NISPAcee Alena Brunovska Award (2004) for teaching excellence in public administration.

  • Tiina Randma-Liiv, Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance, Faculty of Social Sciences, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia,
Tiina Randma-Liiv is Professor of Public Policy at Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia, where she currently also acts as Vice Dean for Research of the Faculty of Business and Governance. She previously served as Professor of Public Management at the University of Tartu, and as Visiting Professor at the Catholic University of Leuven, the University of Gdansk, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, and Florida International University. She has been a member of the Steering Committees of the European Group of Public Administration (EGPA), and of the Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe (NISPAcee). Tiina is currently a member of the Advisory Board to the Estonian Minister of Public Administration. She is also a co-founder and a board member of the biggest Estonian think-tank – PRAXIS Centre for Policy Studies. Her research interests include the impact of fiscal crisis on public administration, public sector organization, transitional public administration, civil service reforms, policy transfer and small states.
Call for papers

For the past several decades, considerable scientific interest and research activity have focused on studying and developing evidence-based public policies and programs intended to produce better outcomes for individuals and societies. In the meantime, the spectrum of policy issues has become more complex - with the fusing levels of governance (from global to European to national to regional and municipal), with the interdependence of actors from public, commercial, civic and media spheres, and with the growing role of networking enhanced by digital technologies. As a result, societal problems and policy trials to solve them are proving to be  of an increasingly complex and despicable nature. This has brought about a higher demand for evidence on policy inputs, outputs and outcomes in the wider environment in which problems arise and answers to these problems have to be found. A trend towards evidence-based policy-making has also increased the role of public administration in various phases of the policy cycle. Whilst the Central and Eastern European (CEE) academics have gradually advanced their knowledge and skills on public administration, policy design and implementation processes have received less attention. This is why the goal of the main theme is to advance the analysis of policy processes in the CEE countries.

We are expecting papers from a wide range of topics which may include, but are not limited to, the following:
•    What are the crucial factors which enhance or hinder policy-making capacity?
•    What are the specific roles of the diverse actors (politicians, legislators, civil servants, experts, journalists, civic activists, and citizens) in the policy-making process, both on political and administrative levels?
•    What are the key barriers and opportunities of policy design and implementation in specific policy agendas and arenas?
•    What are the roles of the three I’s (ideas, interests, information) in policy design? How do "lay” knowledge and expert knowledge fit into the policy-making process?
•    What are the conditions under which public policy is based on evidence? What are the opportunities and limitations of information and data analysis in the improvement of policy-making?
•    What constellations of institutions and actors contribute to policy success or failure?
•    How do constitution, legislation and regulatory processes affect the policy-making process?
•    What are the patterns, causes and consequences of smart technologies and digital governance innovations influencing policy design and implementation (for example, the use of big data, e-participation, crowdsourcing, and policy labs)?
•    What are the opportunities and barriers of policy transfer and policy learning from other countries? What role does public administration play in policy transfer?
•    To what extent do different (democratic/regulatory/authoritarian) forms of governance influence political and administrative practices in CEE?
•    What are the impact, outputs, and outcomes of Europeanization on the policy-making process and implementation in CEE?

This call welcomes papers which will provide theoretical reflections of policy processes, and which will be based on empirical evidence, or call attention to examples of best practices, grounded on the state-of-the-art major theories of public policy and administration. Papers may deal with any issue or topic of interest addressing local, national or international events in the region and elsewhere, or focus on theoretical, conceptual or methodological subjects related to policy studies. The main theme is principally aimed at the examination of policy processes rather than the analysis of substantive policy outputs in particular policy sectors. Both comparative papers, as well as single country case studies, are welcome.