- Bernadette Connaughton, Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Limerick, Ireland
- Katarina Staronova, Institute of Public Policy, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia
The NISPAcee Working Group on Politico-Administrative Relations focuses on research observing the roles and interplay between ministers and senior civil servants in the policy making process. In Central and Eastern Europe, politico-administrative relations present a variety of arrangements across country settings that are shaped by many factors, including public administration tradition, political culture, institutional conditions, and levels of trust. For those countries who are EU members, the necessity of an effective interface between politics and administration was regarded as imperative to the administrative development process in Central and Eastern Europe. Civil service reforms implemented by national governments in advance of EU entry, however, have generally yielded piecemeal results in terms of managing PAR and are characterised by a lack in continuity. In addition, how the internal political-administrative environment operates is influenced by external factors and crises. This is most evident in the impact of Covid 19 and how dealing with the pandemic has affected PAR and the provision and utilisation of policy advice within national settings.
In conjunction with the main conference theme for the 30th Annual NISPAcee Conference and this era of ‘turbulent governance’ we welcome papers that frame PAR within the context of crisis, vulnerability and resilience, and explore recalibrations of the roles of ministers, senior civil servants, and advisers in the policy making process.
We also welcome papers that explore general developments in PAR within the CEE region. An overarching aim of this WG is to bring together scholars from different countries and professional backgrounds to consider theoretical perspectives and discuss empirical findings on politico-administrative relations.
Submissions may include, but are not limited, to papers on the:
• Assessments of politico-administrative relations in CEE and comparative papers;
• Role of ministerial advisers (partisan appointees, special advisers, policy adviser) in CEE and institutional arrangements;
• Effects of politicisation on senior appointments and civil service development; policy making, implementation and overall public administration performance (including EU policy delivery);
• Exploring different forms of politicisation and patronage;
• Novel ways of measuring the scope and extent of politicization in civil service systems;
• Development of policy advisory systems (PAS)
Abstracts should align with the PAR working group themes, identify a clear research question and indicate the proposed contribution of the research. The content of the abstract should also provide information about the theoretical framework presented and methodology used in the research.
From participants of this working group full paper is required before the conference.
Deadline of full paper submission is 20th of May 2022.