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

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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WG4: Inter-regional and Cross-border Cooperation and Development
WG coordinators

  • Andreeva, Lyubimka - Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski”, Sofia, Bulgaria,
Dr. Lyubimka Andreeva is a Chief Assistant Professor at Department of Public Administration at Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski”. She works in the field of public administration, including the regulations of energy sector, services of general economic interest, more specifically energy services, public policy, public governance (the regulatory state), administrative systems and development. Her work experience includes teaching courses in the areas of Administrative systems and development, Assessment of the administrative capacity, Human resource management and Energy governance. Main areas of scientific interest are governance, public policies, the effectiveness of their implementation, the role of public services as key policy instruments in the Inter-regional cooperation and development process.
  • Barabashev, Alexey – National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russiaa,
Prof. Alexey G. Barabashev teaches courses at the Research University - Higher School of Economics - on the civil service, including civil service reforms in Russia. His research interests are concentrated in the area of the theory of bureaucracy and applications of the theory towards Russian practical needs and methodology of reflexive systems. From 2004 until the present he has served as President (from 2011) and Dean (2004-2011) of the School of Public Administration and Managementand as the Chair of the Department of Civil and Municipal Service at Higher School of Economics. From 1997 to 2014 he served as a member of the advisors’ expert group forpublic service reformunder the Administration of the President of Russia. He is a member of several attestation commissions and expert councils for federal governmental bodies. He was a Woodrow Wilson (Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies) scholarin 1992 and 2013,President of the Kennan Russian Alumni Association (1992-1996), and President-elect of the Alumni Association for Russia-US Academic Exchange Programmes(1996-2000). From 2015 till the present he has served as a member of the Advisory Council of the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies.
  • Annika Jaansoo, University of Twente, The Netherlands,
Annika Jaansoo is a PhD student in University of Twente, The Netherlands. Her research is about cross-border cooperation of subnational governments (regions and local governments) in service provision: "Provision of Services Across International Borders: Factors driving Cooperation of Subnational Governments in Europe". In addition to her academic research interest, through her work experience as an Expert in international organizations (AEBR, AER) (2015 to date), Auditor (2012-2014), Development Manager (2010-2012) and Partner/Senior Consultant (2001-2010), Annika Jaansoo has expertise in subnational governance in practice.
Call for papers
The aims of WG are to analyse the history and contemporary practice of inter-regional and cross-border cooperation, its management, its forms and administrative procedures, its social and cultural peculiarities of, and the impact of inter-regional and cross-border cooperation on the development of regions that are involved in cooperative processes. The theories of regional development, according to the aims of WG IV, should be extended and specified as theories of inter-regional and cross-border development, which are taking into account its benefits, challenges, outputs and outcomes.
The concept of inter-regional and cross-border cooperation and development, its definitions, and its rationale are the main focus of WG IV research.

The broad themes for abstracts/proposals and key shifts in 2019 which we are keen to facilitate discussion around, include, but are not limited to:
•    Policy design and practice in inter-regional and cross-border cooperation;
•    New technologies of administrative management in inter-regional and cross-border cooperation;
•    Strategies of inter-regional and cross-border cooperation, including data based descriptions of the existing strategies;
•    Evaluation of inter-regional, cross-border cooperation and development challenges and benefits, outputs and outcomes;
•    Role of resources multiplication and re-distribution for the purposes of inter-regional and cross-border development;
•    Cultural and ethnic aspects of inter-regional and cross-border development;
•    Definitions of inter-regional and cross-border cooperation and development based on best practices inside the EU, and on the cooperation of regions from the EU and neighbouring countries.

The above mentioned fields of research and practices require participants to contribute to the theories and practice of e "Inter-regional and Cross-border Cooperation and Development" by answering the following questions, which are the focus of the Working group:
  • What kind of outcomes could be outlined in order to better shape inter-regional and cross-border cooperation at national, EU or International level? 
  • What are the roles of the different stakeholders (States, municipalities and civil societies) in the Inter-regional and Cross-border Cooperation and Development Process?
  • What is the administrative aspect of Inter-regional and Cross-border Cooperation and Development?
  • Are there any best practices that can be used from other countries?
We are expecting final papers based on abstracts which address those pre-mentioned issues and have both theoretical and practical relevance, i.e. applicants should take into account and include in their papers, recommendations for better shaping of inter-regional cooperation, including points for practitioners and points relating to the EU and neighbouring countries and regions of NISPAcee, in relation to theoretic issues. Papers which are highly innovative, collaborative, international or multi-disciplinary are especially welcome.
Proposals will be considered by the coordinators of WG IV against the criteria of originality and interest, subject balance and geographical spread.