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NISPAcee News Volume XVIII - No. 4 November 2011
Dear Readers,
We are sending you the autumn issue of the NISPAcee Newsletter in e-format.
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This issue will provide you with an extensive report of various activities implemented during the coming time. We cordially invite all individuals as well as institutions to contribute to the next issues.
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NISPAcee Announcements

Reports of NISPAcee Activities

Events from Other Institutions

NISPAcee Publications

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NISPAcee Announcements

The 20th NISPAcee Annual Conference

"Public Administration East and West: Twenty Years of Development"

May 23 -26, 2012, Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia (FYR Macedonia)

Organised in co-operation with the University „St.Kliment Ohridski"- Bitola, Republic of Macedonia (FYR Macedonia)

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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 108 Institutional members (from 24 countries), 26 Associate members (from 14 countries), 25 Individual members (from 13 countries).

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Reports of NISPAcee Activities

The 1st Summer School: Policy Making and Politics at the Local Level

The 1st Summer School of the Faculty of Economics TU of Kosice

Policy Making and Politics at the Local Level: V4 countries and other CEE countries in comparative perspective

19 June - 3 July 2011, Kosice, Slovakia

The summer school for postgraduates, PhD students/candidates and young teachers supported also by NISPAcee was organized at the Faculty of Economics, Technical University of Kosice, Slovakia within the project "Politics and Policy-Making at the Local Level” (POL-LOC).

Detailed information via link:

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Annual Conference of EGPA 2011 and EAPAA Meetings

Bucharest, Romania, September 6-10, 2011

NISPAcee’s Executive Director, Ludmila Gajdosova, participated in the last EGPA Conference and the EAPAA meetings organised within the Conference. More information about the Conference can be found on the website:

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Senator Peter B. Boorsma Award

SECoPA (Southeastern Conference for Public Administration) of ASPA (American Society for Public Administration) presented the Senator Peter B. Boorsma Award to Ludmila Gajdosova "In recognition of her efforts over many years to enhance excellence in public administration theory and practices through exchanges and dialogues among academicians and practitioners from different countries” on September 22, 2011 in New Orleans. Louisiana, USA during the SECoPA Annual Conference.

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Pilot trainings “Managing Public Investments at the Municipal Level in Georgia”

Tbilisi, Georgia

September 7 - 10, 12 - 15, 28 - October 1, 3 – 6, 2011

The project "Managing Public Investments at the Municipal Level in Georgia" began in November 2010 and was implemented by NISPAcee, in co-operation with its Project Partner Institution "The National Association of Local Authorities of Georgia” (NALAG). The project is supported by SlovakAid.

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NISPAcee Strategy meeting

October 20 – 21, 2011, Budapest, Hungary

The NISPAcee Strategy meeting was held in Budapest on October 20 and 21, 2011. NISPAcee regularly reconsider the mission and strategy of the organization every three - four years (Strategy meetings were held in 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008). The NISPAcee present and past Steering Committee members and representatives of core NISPAcee members and partners were invited to participate.

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Events from Other Institutions

November 21, 2011 - November 22, 2011

Managing Change in Public Administration  

Venue: Maastricht (NL)

Organizer(s): EIPA

November 22, 2011 - November 22, 2011

Sociology and Social Sciences in Balkans: Experiences, Problems and Challenges  

Venue: Tirana, Albania

Organizer(s): Albanian Sociological Association

November 22, 2011 - November 24, 2011

Trade Unions in the Democratic Process  

Venue: Gottingen, Germany

Organizer(s): Doctoral Scholarship Department of the Hans-Böckler Foundation, Göttingen Graduate School of Social Sciences

November 28, 2011 - December 9, 2011

Peacebuilding, Decentralistation and Local Governance  

Venue: Barcelona, Spain

Organizer(s): The Hague Academy for Local Governance, NL

November 29, 2011 - November 30, 2011

Multi-level Governance and Partnership in EU Cohesion Policy  

Venue: Vienna, Austria

Organizer(s): Institute for European Integration Research (EIF), Austrian Academy of Sciences

December 7, 2011 - December 8, 2011

IASIA Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean: “Development Administration: the Implementation Challenges of Regional Integration Policies”  

Venue: Fundacao Getulio Vargas, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Organizer(s): IASIA

December 8, 2011 - December 9, 2011

The Politics of Extreme Austerity: Greece Beyond the Crisis  

Venue: Glasgow, UK

Organizer(s): Greek Politics Specialist Group (GPSG) of the Political Studies Association (PSA) and the School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Strathclyde

December 8, 2011 - December 10, 2011

The European Union and the Politicization of Europe  

Venue: Vienna, Austria

Organizer(s): Euroacademia

December 12, 2011 - December 13, 2011

Embracing the Future of Communication: Putting Social Media to Use in Public Administration  

Venue: Maastricht (NL)

Organizer(s): EIPA

December 13, 2011 - December 14, 2011

5th International Public Sector Reform Symposium  

Venue: Westminster, London, UK


December 15, 2011 - December 16, 2011

Strategic Management of Internationalisation  

Venue: Lund, Sweden

Organizer(s): Nordic University Association (NUS), Nordic Association of University Administrators (NUAS) and OECD’s Programme on Institutional Management in Higher Education (IMHE)

January 19, 2012 - January 20, 2012

Modern and Current Trends in the Public Sector Research  

Venue: Slapanice (near Brno)

Organizer(s): Faculty of Economics and Administration, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic

January 25, 2012 - January 27, 2012

Declining Political Trust, Disenchantment with Politics, and Methods of Political Participation  

Venue: Cologne, Germany

Organizer(s): GESIS Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences

February 2, 2012 - February 4, 2012

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Challenges in Politics and Society  

Venue: Torun, Poland

Organizer(s): Faculty of Political Sciences and International Studies, Nicolas Copernicus University Torun

February 16, 2012 - February 18, 2012

Survival and Resistance under Forced Secularization  

Venue: Moscow, Russia

Organizer(s): Center for the Study of Religion, Russian State University for the Humanities; Center of the Religious and Church History, Institute of Universal History, Russian Academy of Sciences; Forschungsstelle Osteuropa an der Universität Bremen; Centre d‟études franco-russe de Moscou

February 17, 2012 - February 18, 2012

Is Social Democracy exhausted? Pathways, Reflections and Dilemmas  

Venue: Adelaide, Australia

Organizer(s): School of Social and Policy Studies, Flinders University; School of Social and Policy Studies, Flinders University

March 15, 2012 - March 16, 2012

Opinions and Attitudes in Times of Economic Turbulence  

Venue: Gdansk, Poland

Organizer(s): Kozminski University, Warsaw

March 23, 2012 - March 24, 2012

Reconsidering Democracy: (New) Theories, Policies and Social Practices  

Venue: Celje, Slovenia

Organizer(s): Central and Eastern European Forum of Young Legal, Political and Social Theorists

March 29, 2012 - April 1, 2012

Postcommunist Corruption: Causes, Manifestations, Consequences  

Venue: Oxford, USA

Organizer(s): The Havighurst Center for Russian & Post-Soviet Studies, Miami University

April 20, 2012 - April 21, 2012

Higher Education in Ukraine: Internationalization, Reform, Innovation  

Venue: Kyiv, Ukraine

Organizer(s): Fulbright Program in Ukraine

May 3, 2012 - May 5, 2012

The European Union in International Affairs III  

Venue: Brussels, Belgium

Organizer(s): The Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (IES-VUB), the Institut d‟Études Européennes at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (IEE-ULB), the United Nations University Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS), Egmont – the Royal Institute for International Relations

May 25, 2012 - May 27, 2012

Public Management Research Conference: Seeking Excellence in a Time of Change  

Venue: Fudan University, Shanghai, China

Organizer(s): Public Management Research Association, International Research Society for Public Management,China‐America Association of Public Affairs

June 6, 2012 - June 9, 2012

The 8th Transatlantic Dialogue ‘Transitions in Governance’.  

Venue: Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands

Organizer(s): Organized jointly by European and American networks

July 19, 2012 - July 20, 2012

Converging and Conflicting Trends in the Public Administration of the US, Europe, and Germany  

Venue: The German University of Administrative Sciences (DHV), Speyer, Germany

Organizer(s): German Research Institute for Public Administration (GRIP) Speyer, Germany and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) of Indiana University, USA

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NISPAcee Publications

NISPAcee Press

Public Administration in Times of Crisis

Editor(s): Rainer Kattel, Witold Mikulowski, B. Guy Peters

ISBN: 978-80-89013-56-2

These papers represent a collection of the best papers presented at the annual NISPAcee conference in Warsaw in 2010. The theme of the conference was public administration in crisis, and a number of these papers address the main them. Other papers reflect many of the continuing interests of Working Groups within NISPAcee, as well as some general themes within public administration. The papers are primarily drawn from scholars working in Central and Eastern Europe, but some papers also were written by scholars from other areas interested in the development of public administration in this area. Taken together these papers provide interesting perspectives on a number of different aspects of administration in the CEE countries. In addition to the papers coming from the regular NISPAcee panels in Warsaw our Polish hosts organized a number of panels that dealt more thoroughly with the issues of public administration in Poland, involving almost entirely Polish scholars. These papers on Poland are presented as a separate section in this volume and taken together provide a very useful picture of Polish governing in a period of crisis. As one of the largest countries in Europe, Poland has substantial resources but also confronts very real problems in governing, and these papers provide interesting insights into these issues.  

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