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NISPAcee News 2011, Volume XVIII - No. 1 January 2011
Dear Readers,
We are sending you a new issue of the NISPAcee Newsletter in electronic format.
We hope that you enjoy and welcome this issue and, of course, we would appreciate receiving any feedback on this issue of the e- Newsletter. This will help us to incorporate any suggestions you may have regarding its further improvement.
This issue will provide you with an extensive report of various activities implemented during the winter time. We cordially invite all individuals as well as institutions to contribute to the next issues.
All submissions are welcome at whatever time submitted to the managing editor Mr. Juraj Sklenar, e-mail:

Yours sincerely,
Ľudmila Gajdošová, NISPAcee Executive Director


NISPAcee Announcements

Reports of NISPAcee Activities

News from Other Institutions

Events from Other Institutions

NISPAcee Publications

Other Interesting Publications

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NISPAcee Announcements

The 19th NISPAcee Annual Conference

Golden Sands Bulgaria"Public Administration of the Future"
May 19-22, 2011, Varna, Bulgaria
Conference venue: Hotel Melia Grand Hermitage, Golden Sands Resort

Organised in co-operation with Varna Free University "Chernorizets Hrabar", Varna, Bulgaria

Online Registration for the conference is open from the start of January till March 31, 2011

All information at:


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Collaboration of NISPAcee with the ICPA-Forum and JCPA


Collaboration of NISPAcee with the ICPA-Forum and JCPA

In November 2010 the Letter of Agreement was signed between the Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe (NISPAcee), the International Comparative Policy Analysis Forum (ICPA-Forum) and the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice (JCPA, Rountledge: Oxford, UK).

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The 4th Trans-European Dialogue

9-11 February, Vienna, Austria, 2011
Law and Public Management Revisited

There are several topics to address for this debate:
1. Theories and Practice of Law versus Management:
2. Law versus Public Management, the reform agenda:
- Legality vs. discretion: the role of courts and the pressure of public managers.
- Deregulation
- Transparency and public administration
- Speeding up administrative proceedings for effectiveness
- The issue of "Better regulation”
3. Institutional issues:
The institutional issues are interrelated with issues of PA reform.

Format of the meetings:
· There’s going to be a limited number of participants (app. 30).
· There is a focus on dialogue and discussions. Therefore, there are no formal
presentations of papers; there are some keynotes to start a debate and participants
contribute with the elements of their research. There is a selection of people based
on research conducted and paper proposals. A selection of these papers will be
· In principle, there is a series of topics to be covered with co-chairs for the debates
after a key note per topic.

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New Role of NISPAcee in EAPAA

EAPAA Organisation

EAPAA was founded in 1999 and was reformed in 2010. EAPAA now has two formal corporate members: the European Group for Public Administration (EGPA) and the Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe (NISPAcee). The member programmes of these organisations can be affiliated to EAPAA.

EAPAA Accreditation

Accreditation is open to all academic level Public Administration programmes in universities and comparable institutes. An institution may apply for accreditation when it thinks it is ready for accreditation of one or more of its programmes.

Accreditation Categories

There are several accreditation categories:

· bachelor programmes

· master programmes

· combined or comprehensive programmes

· executive/mid-career master programmes

Accreditation Services Fees

To cover the costs of the activities of EAPAA, both EGPA and NISPAcee charge EAPAA affiliated programmes a Accreditation Services Fee (EGPA: €400; NISPAcee: € 300). The costs of the accreditation procedure are to be assumed by the programme applying for accreditation. See for details the EAPAA website.

How to apply for affiliation

Applications for affiliation can be sent to the EAPAA secretariat. It is also possible to use the application form on the EAPAA website: (

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The NISPAcee Journal of Public Administration and Policy

Call for Papers

The NISPAcee Journal is predominantly devoted to public administration and public policy issues in Central and Eastern Europe. The main goal is to publish top quality papers based on own empirical research carried out in Central and Eastern Europe, theoretical papers developing general public administration and public policy theory, or their specific dimensions in the region.

Microsite of the Journal:

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Presently, the NISPAcee enlists 123 Institutional members (from 24 countries), 25 Associate members (from 13 countries), 20 Individual members (from 11 countries).

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Reports of NISPAcee Activities

SlovakAid project Georgia

TbilisiManaging Public Investments at the Municipal Level in Georgia  

Supported by: SlovakAid, a Slovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Programme

The project "Managing Public Investments at the Municipal Level in Georgia" has been implemented by NISPAcee, in co-operation with the Project Partner Institution "The National Association of Local Authorities of Georgia” (NALAG). The project is supported by SlovakAid; began in November 2010, and the project's activities are scheduled to last for a period of one-and-a-half years.

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SlovakAid project Georgia - Preparatory meeting

Managing Public Investments at the Municipal Level in Georgia

Supported by: SlovakAid, a Slovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Programme

The preparatory meeting, which was the first joint activity, was held at the beginning of December, 2010. The core project team of experts and project management met to jointly discuss the project plan, the coordination of all individual project activities, the timetable and division of roles and responsibilities.

Juraj Nemec, Slovak Project Leading Expert, Giongi Tabatadze, Vice-mayor of Rustavi, Kakha Gurgenidze, Chairman of Rustavi City Council, David Melua, Georgian Project Coordinator / NALAG Executive Director

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Urals International Conference


November 25-26,2010


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CAG-IASIA-IIAS-NISPAcee-ASPA International Symposium

on "Governmental Response to the Global Financial Crisis"

On November 8 – 13, 2010 Chinese Academy of Governance (CAG) and Guangxi Institute of Public Administration hosted joint CAG-IASIA-IIAS-NISPAcee-ASPA International Symposium on "Governmental Response to the Global Financial Crisis”.

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News from Other Institutions

Scholarship of Hertie School of Governance


Applications are now being accepted
for the next programme start in September 2011

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Events from Other Institutions

March 4, 2011 - March 5, 2011

Transformation in Central and Eastern Europe: Before, After, In the process?  

Venue: Cracow, Poland

Organizer(s): Institute of European studies and Institute of Sociology, Jagiellonian University

March 8, 2011 - March 10, 2011

International Scientific Conference

Venue: Krakow - Zakopane, Poland

Organizer(s): Faculty of Management and Social Communication,Jagiellonian University, Poland

March 8, 2011 - March 10, 2011

Innovations in Modern Management  

Venue: Krakow - Zakopane

Organizer(s): Faculty of Management and Social Communication, Jagiellonian University, Poland

March 11, 2011 - March 11, 2011

12th International Conference "Public Sector Transition: Innovation Prospects"  

Venue: St.Petersburg, Russia

Organizer(s): the Graduate School of Management, St. Petersburg State University, Russia.

March 11, 2011 - March 13, 2011

Questioning European Values: (Re)Constructions of Europe  

Venue: Ljubljana, Slovenia

Organizer(s): Educational Research Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia & Consortium in Humanities (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Hungary, Romania, Croatia, Slovenia)

March 23, 2011 - March 24, 2011

5th Internationa Scientific-Practical Conference
Geopolitics, Geoeconomics and International Relations Problems. NATO and EU Expansion to the East

Venue: Saint Petersburg, Russia


April 1, 2011 - April 1, 2011

Management Theory and Practice:
Synergy in Organisations

Venue: Tartu, Estonia

Organizer(s): Institute of Business Administration of the University of Tartu

April 21, 2011 - April 23, 2011

VII International Interuniversity Scientific Conference "Russia & Modern World: Problems of Political Development"  

Venue: Moscow, Russian Federation

Organizer(s): Institute of Business & Politics

May 6, 2011 - May 7, 2011

Public Administration, Technology & Innovation  

Venue: Tallinn, Estonia

Organizer(s): The Department of Public Administration at Tallinn University of Technology and the journal Halduskultuur - Administrative Culture

May 26, 2011 - May 29, 2011

Jean Monnet International Conference
Human Security and Security Strategy: Institutions and Policies in a European Perspective

Venue: Kiev, Ukraine

Organizer(s): Dr. Tatyana Malyarenko, Donetsk State University of Management
Prof. Stefan Wolff, University of Birmingham

June 6, 2011 - June 24, 2011

Summer Programme on International Affairs and Multilateral Governance 2011  

Venue: Geneva, Switzerland

Organizer(s): Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

June 13, 2011 - June 18, 2011

Annual Conference of the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration  

Venue: Faculty of Economics of the University of Roma Tre, Rome, Italy

Organizer(s): IASIA

June 16, 2011 - June 17, 2011

11th European Conference on eGovernment - ECEG 2011  

Venue: Ljubljana, Slovenia

Organizer(s): Faculty of Administration, University of Ljubljana

June 17, 2011 - June 18, 2011

Political Neutrality of Public Administration in the 21 st Century  

Venue: Ljubljana, Slovenia

Organizer(s): Faculty of Administration, University of Ljubljana

June 19, 2011 - June 22, 2011


Venue: Sozopol at Black Sea, Bulgaria

Organizer(s): Technical University-Sofia, Bulgaria

June 19, 2011 - July 3, 2011

1st Summer School of the Faculty of Economics TU of Košice: Policy Making and Politics at the Local Level: V4 countries and other CEE countries in comparative perspective  

Venue: Kosice, Slovakia

Organizer(s): Faculty of Economics, Technical University of Kosice

June 28, 2011 - June 29, 2011

Multinational Conference "Improving the Quality of Public Services "  

Venue: Moscow, Russia

Organizer(s): State University – Higher School of Economics
University of Maryland School of Public Policy
Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management

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NISPAcee Publications

NISPAcee Press

The NISPAcee Journal of Public Administration and Policy Special Issue: Public Management Now and in the Future: Does Technology Matter? | Volume III, Number 2, Winter 2010/2011

Editor(s): Wolfgang Drechsler, Rebecca Moody, Christopher Pollitt, Mirko Vintar

ISBN: 978-80-89013-53-1

ISSN: 1337-9038

Price: 15 €


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Other Interesting Publications

Centralised Purchasing Systems in the EU (2011), SIGMA Papers No. 47

Author(s): Piotr-Nils Gorecki, Valérie Forges

Publisher: OECD

This study provides a comparative analysis of existing centralised purchasing institutions in selected EU Member States in terms of organisation, coverage, objectives and rationale, financing models, types of framework agreements and call-off systems, as well as the information technology used, and it examines success factors, risks and future challenges. 

The Right to Open Public Administrations in Europe: Emerging Legal Standards, SIGMA Papers No. 46

Author(s): Mario Savino

Publisher: OECD

The aim of this paper is to explore the most problematic aspects of information access legal regimes and to provide some guidelines to policy makers, including legislators, governments and public administrators. The analysis is based on the comparison of Freedom of Information Acts (FOIAs) and their administrative/judicial enforcement in 14 EU member states and the EU institutions. 

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