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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WG5: Public Finance and Public Financial Management

WG coordinators:

  • Lucie Sedmihradska, Lecturer, Department of Public Finance, University of Economics, Prague, Czech Republic
Lucie Sedmihradska is a Lecturer at the Department of Public Finance, University of Economics in Prague. Aside from teaching she has been involved in several local and international research projects focusing on public budgets, local government finance and inter-municipal cooperation. She has published approximately two dozen journal articles and book chapters. She has been involved in NISPAcee since 2000, and since 2007 has been one of the coordinators of the WG on Public Sector Finance and Accounting and the WG on Fiscal Policy. She has also edited (co-edited) three books on local government finance issues in transition countries which were the outcome of the activities of the WG on Public Sector Finance and Accounting.

  • Juraj Nemec, Professor of Public Finance and Management, Masaryk University Brno, Czech Republic and Matej Bel University Banska Bystrica, Slovakia,
Juraj Nemec is a Professor at Public Finance and Management, Masaryk University Brno, Czech Republic and Matej Bel University Banska Bystrica, Slovakia
He holds an MBA in Business Administration, a Ph.D. in Public Sector Economics and is a Professor of Public Finance and Public Management, with more than 33 years’ experience in teaching in public sector management and procurement. He has published over 400 books and scientific articles in this field and held several academic posts, including the position of "Dean of the Faculty of Finance". During his academic and professional career he has gained immense experience in the political and administrative situation in the European integration process and EU enlargement.

  • Aleksander AristovnikProfessor of Economics and Management in Administration, Faculty of Public Administration, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, E-mail:
Aleksander Aristovnik is employed at the Faculty of Public Administration (University of Ljubljana) as an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics and Public Sector Management. In addition, he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the Faculty of Economics (University of Ljubljana). His areas of research interest encompass public sector economics, public administration reform, public finance, public policy evaluation, European integration and macroeconomics.Professionally and scientifically, he has deepened his knowledge and skills at a number of summer schools and workshops, as well as a visiting scholar hosted by Princeton University, University of Nevada (Reno) (USA), University of Dubai, Zayed University (UAE), University of Gent (BEL) and Chinese Academy of Science (CHN). He has actively participated in around seventy international conferences and has recently performed as a head of a few international and domestic research projects financed by the Slovenian Research Agency (SRA). He has also published and reviewed number of scientific articles in domestic and international (SSCI-indexed) journals. He is a member of editorial board of numerous scientific monographs and international journals (e.g. Public policy and administration, International journal of public policy, etc.), various international conferences (NISPAcee, MakeLearn & TIIM, ICICTE, etc.) and associations/organizations (e.g. EEA, INFER, ATINER, etc.) and is frequently appointed as an external evaluator of scientific projects for different European research agencies. He is also active outside academia as a member of the Slovenian Officials' Council, as a managing director of a think-thank Zavod 14 and as a professional expert of the Court of Audit of the Republic of Slovenia.
Call for papers

The topic of the WG is public finance, which plays a vital role in providing essential public services and goods. The WG deals with financial management of existing resources, which includes both microeconomic and macroeconomic dimensions and whose effectiveness is critical for the creation of an enabling environment at all levels for sustainable development.

While the extent of transparency and budgetary innovations is long recognised as a factor influencing the quality of public finance management, research in this area in the NISPAcee region is quite scarce. On the other hand, we have huge anecdotic evidence that meaningful changes take place and innovative practices are introduced. In order to fill this gap, the WG announces these topics for the 2022 annual conference:

At the same time we acknowledge the uniqueness of the experience with the Covid-19 pandemic and call for research of both the micro and macroeconomic aspects of the adopted measures and evaluation of their fiscal impacts.

In order to address this challenge, the WG announces these topics for the 2022 annual conference:

1)     Local government budget transparency, which addresses research regarding the regulation of budget transparency and its development, extent of compulsory versus voluntary budget information disclosure, and measurement and evaluation of budget transparency or search for determinants of budget transparency.

2)     Budgetary innovations at both state and local government levels, including the introduction of fiscal councils, multi-annual financial frameworks, and performance based budgeting etc.

3)     Public finance for sustainable development in the post Covid-19 pandemic era, which includes, amongst others, promoting sound economic, social and environmental policies; ensuring fairness, efficiency and effectiveness of tax systems; strengthening national oversight mechanisms or building the technical, financial and technological capacity of public authorities.

The aim of the working group is to build a network of scholars, active in the area of public finance and public financial management, and to support the publication of original research undertaken in the NISPAcee region, including the special assistance of WG coordinators to young scholars with limited research and publishing experience. The expected outcome is a special journal issue on government responses to the Covid-19 pandemic in the NISPAcee region and publication of outstanding papers on public finance for sustainable development in the NISPAcee Journal.

The authors are invited to submit original research papers, i.e. papers presenting the results of their own research. We especially welcome empirical papers providing concrete data and their analysis. The form of the papers is quite open, e.g. single or multiple case studies, comparative papers, survey results or papers applying some statistical analysis.

Requirements for paper submission

Structure of the proposed abstract:

·       The objective or the research question(s).

·       Data and methodology.

·       Expected findings.

The standard structure of the paper:

·       Introduction, which clearly states the objectives of the paper.

·       Description of the problem studied, showing a good knowledge of the relevant literature in both the local language and in English.

·       Short introduction of the country or countries, i.e. present all information necessary (and relevant) to understand your paper.

·       Data and methodology described in detail.

·       Analysis of the problem.

·       Evaluation and policy implications.

·       Conclusions and recommendations (this part needs to result from the previous parts of the paper).

From participants of this working group extended abstract (5-10 pages) with brief introduction, methodology, preliminary results and conclusion is required before the conference.
Deadline of full paper submission is 20th of May 2022.

You can find manuscript guidelines on THIS LINK.