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

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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

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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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Panel: Policy Development and Coordination


Giorgi Bobghiashvili, Caucasus School of Governance, Caucasus University; Tbilisi, Georgia.

Giorgi Bobghiashvili is a Visiting Lecturer at Caucasus School of Governance, Caucasus University. Mr. Bobghiashvili has been a career public servant and worked as a Head of Policy Planning Service in the Prime Minister’s Office of Georgia. He has led the Policy Development and Coordination Reform and under his tenure the service, in cooperation with partner organisations, embedded regulations and methodological guidelines that have resulted in the establishment of a new government-wide policy planning, monitoring and evaluation system. Mr Bobghiashvili has provided analysis to four prime ministers and advised line ministries on more than 20 sector policy documents. He is a John Smith Trust Fellow and his academic activities and interests include good governance, European principles of public administration, public service design and delivery and innovations in public sector.
Ivan Kopric, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia.

Ivan Kopric is a Tenured Professor of Administrative Science and Local Governance, Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, and president of the Institute of Public Administration, Croatia. He is currently leading a project team of the University of Zagreb in charge of co-creating new European University of Post-Industrial Cities (UNIC, He received the Alena Brunovska Award for Teaching Excellence in Public Administration by the Network of Schools and Institutes of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe in 2016. He is the author and editor of more than 30 books with the most recent Referendum and Direct Democracy in Croatia (2021), Migrations, Diversity, Integration, and Public Governance in Europe and Beyond (2019), Evaluating Reforms of Local Public and Social Services in Europe (2018), and Europeanisation of the Croatian Local Self-Government (2018).

Call for papers


The objective of this panel is to discuss and review the practices of the Policy Planning and Coordination (PDC) Systems, as a pillar of Public Administration and Good Governance. The focus of the panel is on practices of how policy planning and coordination is organised in NISPAcee countries and what the main implications, challenges and opportunities are. The scope of this panel goes beyond simple policy analysis methods and, in addition, concentrates on institutional, procedural, technical and capacity related issues on policy planning and coordination, regarding methodologies for situation analysis, results-oriented thinking, data generation and analysis, impact assessments, monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL), standardised reporting, etc. in the public sector.

Ecosystem of Policy Planning and Coordination is one of the 6 pillars of the European Principles of Public Administration. The idea of European Administrative Space (EAS) largely stands on these principles. The degree of their application in practice is seen by the European Commission as an indication of the capacity of national public administration of a candidate country to effectively implement the acquis. Considering that such a systematic approach of PDC only appeared in 2014, the panel will bring together academicians and practitioners to discuss main patterns, challenges and achievements in this regard in terms of national PDC process as well as in terms of the EU integration process for some NISPAcee countries and beyond. The panel will also build on the European Public Administration Country Knowledge (EUPACK) research project – an initiative that enhances knowledge and understanding of the status and reform dynamics of public administration in EU member states. In particular, the Panel intends to further develop the EUPACK  by exploring best practices and experiences in the areas of the Centre of Government (CoG) coordination; key management, budgeting and monitoring mechanisms; Policy making, coordination and implementation

Furthermore, the panel will contribute to modern Public Administration Theory which is still in the making. Analysis of the Policy Planning and Coordination, as a silo in Public Administration, in the light of existing three key paradigms of Public Administrations is also interesting for academia. The panel will review the policy planning and coordination practices against concepts such as centralisation/decentralisation, needs-based holism/evidence-based approach and technologies in order to test current main theoretical assumptions of the public administration (such as NPM, DEG).

The panel calls for theoretical papers as well as papers describing practical experiences of introduction of the PDC in the national public administration system, covering, but not limited, to the following topics:

-        National policy making and planning system: challenges, innovations and existing pillars for resilience.

-    Challenges/best practices of policy planning aimed at achieving government objectives in kilt with existing financial resources.

-     Challenges/best practices in producing understandable and publicly accessible government decisions.

-     Approaches to quality of legislative drafting, regulatory management and co-ordination especially vis a vis acquis transposition.

-        Practical solutions and best practices of NISPAcee countries in PDC.

Potential or Invited participants: Scholars in Public Administration, Practitioners in National Public Administrations, International Consultants in the area of Good Governance; International Organisations, promoting European Principles of Public Administration and Good Governance.

Expected Results:
Conference papers and journal publications; Increased peer-exchange among practitioners and academics of the NISPAcee countries and beyond; Topic sensitised for further academic research; Increased knowledge of the PDC as such, and Enhanced Network.


From participants of this panel full paper is required before the conference.
Deadline of full paper submission is 20th of May 2022.

You can find manuscript guidelines on THIS LINK.