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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Panel: Governance and Politics of Small States


  • Külli Sarapuu, Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia,
Külli Sarapuu is Associate Professor at the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia. Before joining the Nurkse Department in 2007 she worked for the Estonian Government Office. Külli Sarapuu has been engaged as an expert and lecturer in various projects focusing on the functioning of the Estonian public sector. She teaches courses on Estonian public administration, public sector coordination and public management reform. In the years 2008-2016 she was acting as the Program Director for the Executive Master of Public Management program at the Nurkse Department. Her research focuses on public sector organization, civil service systems, public sector coordination and the governance of small states. She has taken a special interest in the post-communist transformation of administrative structure in Central and Eastern Europe and has published broadly on the respective changes in Estonia. Külli Sarapuu’s current research projects include Coordination Instruments at the Center of Government: Opportunities and Limitations of Temporary Task Forces (personal grant by the Estonian Research Council) and Navigating the Storm: Small States in the EU (EU Jean Monnet Network). She is a co-chair of the European Group for Public Administration permanent study group "Governance of Public Sector Organizations”. Külli Sarapuu was engaged in the organization of the 1st NISPAcee and EGPA Trans-European Dialogue (TED) in Tallinn, Estonia (2008) and the 5th TED in Budapest, Hungary (2012). In 2014, she was endowed with the NISPAcee Mzia Mikeladze PhD Thesis Award.
  • Jack Corbett, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Southampton, United Kingdom.
Jack Corbett is Professor of Politics at the University of Southampton. His research specialisms include the politics of small states, institutional memory and foreign aid, and interpretive research methods. He is the author of six books, two edited volumes, and more than 60 articles, chapters and commentaries. He edits the Topics in the Contemporary Pacific book series for the University of Hawaii Press, acts as deputy editor of Small States and Territories Journal and associate editor of the Australian Journal of Public Administration, and from 2022 will serve as Co-Director of the soon-to-be launched ODI Sustainable and Resilient Islands Initiative.

Call for papers

Many states in the NISPAcee region can be characterized as small. They may be small in relative terms compared to their larger neighbours, but very often they are small also in absolute terms due to their small populations. Internationally there is a considerable discussion on the relevance of states’ size and the impact of scale on politics, public administration and policy-making. Small states are perceived to be more vulnerable at the international level, more influenced by the global economic fluctuations, and to exhibit unique characteristics of public governance at home. The smaller the population of states, the more their public administrations can be expected to be influenced by limits on specialization and the lack of economies of scale – they need to prioritize, tend to be more multifunctional, may be short of policy expertise, and are more reliant on informal structures and communication. Furthermore, small state politics and administration tend to be more personalized than in the larger states. These small state characteristics may represent both constraints and advantages. Consequently, the panel aims to discuss the manifestations, relevance, and impact of states’ size on politics, public governance and public policies in the NISPAcee region. Analyses that try to distil the interaction of states’ size with other explanatory variables are also welcome. The papers can be theoretical or empirical, but they should have a clear conceptual basis and methodological approach. Comparative studies are particularly appreciated.

Altogether, the panel aims to:

-discuss the relevance of states’ size in the NISPAcee context;

-initiate academic debate on states’ size and ‘small state theory’ in the NISPAcee community;

-reflect on the impact of size on small states’ politics, public policy making and implementation;

-discuss the implications of small size for public administration research, education and practice, including the possibilities and limits for lesson-drawing.

The submitted abstracts should outline:

-the names of the authors and their affiliation;

-the objectives and research questions of the paper;

-the conceptual approach;

-the data and methodology to be used; and

-expected findings, if possible.

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.