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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WG8: Non-Governmental Organizations in Central and Eastern Europe
WG coordinators
  • Michael Brintnall, Montgomery College, US,
Michael Brintnall is formerly the Executive Director of the American Political Science Association and of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration in Washington DC, and has held senior positions in academic administration and in the US federal government. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Montgomery College, the Environmental Investigation Agency,  and the American Society for Public Administration.

  • Gyorgy Hajnal, NISPAcee President / Professor, Head of Department, Corvinus University of Budapest / Senior Researcher, Institute for Political Science, Center for Social Research of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (IPS CSR HAS), Hungary,
Gyorgy Hajnal is a Professor in the Department of Public Policy and Management, Corvinus University of Budapest and Senior Researcher at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Polictical Science. Prior to his current positions he worked as a Senior Researcher/ Head of Department for 15 years at the Hungarian Institute of Public Administration and its successor organisation. Besides his full-time academic positions he has been and contiues to be extensively involved in international research cooperation projects in topics relating to comparative public management reforms. He has also served as a consultant to various international academic, governmental and business organisations. He has been serving as a NISPAcee President since May 2018.
  •   Iga Kender-Jeziorska, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary,
Iga Kender-Jeziorska is a PhD student in the Doctoral School of Political Science at Corvinus University of Budapest. Her main research areas include non-governmental organisations and their involvement in policy-making and public service delivery, especially in the area of drug policy. She has been actively involved in the third sector since 2011. She is a member of the Board of Advisors and a coordinator of the international network Youth Organisations for Drug Action. Since July 2018 she has been serving as a Chair of the Working Group on EU Drug Strategy and Action Plan in the Civil Society Forum on Drugs - an advisory body to the European Commission.
Call for papers

Aims of the Working Group

Our working group is focused on Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and their participation in governance in the states and regions of Central-Eastern Europe. Our broad objective is to create a forum for the intellectual and practical exploration of the role that NGOs play – independently and in collaboration with government institutions – in governance and in defining and achieving the public good.  We define non-governmental organisations broadly and are especially interested in those whose mission is strongly related to the public interest and whose work is in areas such as governance, social and health services, public policy, citizen participation, human rights, and/or humanitarian aid.

Focus, expectations and topics for the 2019 conference

Bridging the gap between academia and praxis in the analysis and management of civil society is one of our priorities for 2019.  Building bridges between scholars and practitioners can have benefits for NGO’s and academia alike, such as applying participatory action research to policy challenges, fostering service learning in the classroom, and better sharing of practical experience. Therefore, in 2019 we are planning to organise a practitioners’ panel that can create a space for dialogue between scholars and practitioners and foster interaction between the two sectors.

The general theme of the Working Group on NGOs panel for the 2019 conference is the role and performance of NGO’s in governance in CEE countries, neighbouring regions and within the European Integration context. We are especially interested in learning about the following topics:

-    What is the role of NGO’s in governance at the national and local level in CEE countries, and how is this shaped by public attitudes, government policy, legislation, and financial support?
-    What do the relationships between civil society and states look like?
-    What are the examples of existing multisector models of governance in the region, in which NGOs and government are seeking to work together?
-    What conflicts arise between the state and the voluntary sectors; what are their consequences and ways to overcome them?
-    What is the role of NGOs in delivering services at the national and local level in CEE countries?
-    What is the role of civil liberties/watchdog NGOs in countries of Central-Eastern Europe?
-    What are the relationships between organisations within the third sector itself and how are they shaped?
-    What forms of international cooperation take place amongst NGO’s in the region, how does the work of international NGO’s in the region differ from national and local ones, and how do NGOs interact with supranational bodies like the European Union?
-    How do NGOs operate and how are they managed? What are the tools and methods applied by NGOs to measure their effectiveness and efficiency?

Recently, both the non-governmental sector and the geographical area of Central Europe have been attracting the attention of international publishers. Our Working Group invites high-quality papers that, given their sufficient number, could be compiled in a monograph addressing the third sector in the region.

Guidelines for the contributors

We welcome abstracts from all scholars and professionals with an interest in the non-governmental sector and in multi-sector governance processes, including from practitioners working in the sector and we invite all to join us for the 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference in Prague. We welcome papers with a theoretical, empirical, and/or analytical focus that relate to the above mentioned themes.
Abstracts will be judged on the relevance and quality of the submission based on the following criteria:
•    Clear and concise description of the paper, conveying its importance and significance in the field
•    Originality of the work
•    Quality of the research design and methodology
•    Relevance of the proposal to the Conference’s theme
Guidelines: Submitted abstract should include the following elements:
•    Title: Clear title reflecting the paper content
•    Authors and their affiliation
•    Abstract: We expect abstracts between 200-400 words. In the case of empirical studies, it should include the research design, clearly stated research questions, data sources, data collection procedures, the analytic approach and, if possible, results.
•    Practical applications to the field should be also mentioned.