The Department of Public Administration and Management, Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences, Babes-Bolyai University will host the 4th edition of the Transylvanian International Conference in Public Administration from 24 to 26 October 2019, an event envisioned to bring together academics, researchers and practitioners in the field of public administration from all over the world and to create the framework in which they can exchange ideas, disseminate best practices and develop networking opportunities for future teaching, research, and capacity building  projects.

The overarching topic for 2019 is collaborative governance, trust building and community development. Increasingly, governments and public sector organizations at all levels are no longer the sole actors involved in shaping the future of their communities. The paradigm of governance has implied a transition to multi-actor networks which function based on collaboration/partnerships. These networks are constantly reshaped through the action of their members as well as under the influence of contextual factors. Success or failure of such networks often depends on complex issues such as building trust among partners and developing a culture for shared visions. The conference is designed as a venue for identifying how partners belonging to different sectors can cooperate better and to share success stories of communities that managed to improve service delivery, to increase cooperation among sectors, and to empower their citizens through meaningful participation to decision-making processes. We are encouraging participants to address collaborative governance also in terms of social innovation and social and organizational learning. Resilient communities are those which are able to learn how to overcome challenges through involving an ever growing number of diverse social actors in solving public problems.

Two main events connected to the main conference will be organized on October 23rd 2019.

  • One day workshop for PhD students in public administration and connected fields. PhD students are encouraged to participate with or without a paper. In addition to the presentations of the best research proposals, several lectures by international professors will be provided to the attending participants.
  • One day international conference Japan-Romania. Japan represents a strategic international partner for our university and for our school. The main role of the event is to bring together partners from a variety of sectors, from both Japan and Romania, and to offer them a platform for dialogue regarding how they may interact in order to promote future cooperation and development of bilateral relations.

In 2019 the main conference will include the following panels:

  • Main conference theme
  • Public administration education (with an emphasis on interaction among universities and PA schools and other sectors as well as their role in community development; other topics are however welcomed as well).
  • Hungarian language panel (main conference theme applies here as well).

The language for papers and presentations is English.

There is no participation fee for those presenting a paper in the main conference. Coffee breaks, lunches and dinners are provided free of charge for all participants by the local organizers on the 2 days of the conference (24th and 25th October 2019). In addition, the trip organized on October 26th 2019 after the closing of the conference is also sponsored by the local organizers for all interested participants in the conference.

Important deadlines

For the PhD workshop

  • Registration to participate without paper presentation by September 1st 2019 (online, via conference website)
  • Registration to participate with paper presentation by August 10th, 2019.
  • Final decision of the organizers on accepted papers for presentation by September 1st, 2019.

For the main conference

  • Submission of short abstract, up to 250 words, by August 15th, 2019 (online, via conference website).
  • Final decision of the organizers on accepted papers for presentation by September 1st, 2019.
  • Full paper submission by October 15th, 2019.

Important notice – those who intend to participate without a paper presentation are still required to register online, by October 1st, 2019.

International organizing committee:

  • Maria Aristigueta, Charles P. Messick Professor of Public Administration; Director of School of Public Policy & Administration; Senior Policy Fellow, Institute for Public Administration, University of Delaware.
  • Geert Bouckaert, professor, Leuven University, Belgium; former Director of the KU Leuven Public Governance Institute; coordinator of the Policy Research Centre – Governmental Organization – Decisive Governance, president of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS).
  • Taco Brandsen, professor, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands, and secretary general, European Association for Public Administration Accreditation.
  • Rusty Brooks, D., Director, Carl Vinson Institute of Government, International Center, University of Georgia, US.
  • Gyorgy Hajnal, NISPAcee President,  Professor, Department of Public Policy and Management, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary.
  • Stephanie Lindquist, deputy provost and vice president for academic affairs, and Foundation Professor of Law and Political Science at Arizona State University.
  • Arno Loessner, University of Delaware, US, professor emeritus.
  • Edoardo Ongaro, Professor of Public Management at The Open University, UK.
  • Juraj Nemec, Professor, Masaryk University, Czech Republic; president of NISPACee and editor-in-chief, NISPAcee Journal of Public Administration and Policy.
  • Tom Reichert, Dean, College of Information and Communications, University of South Carolina, US.
  • Allan Rosenbaum, Professor, Public Administration and Director, Institute for Public Management and Center for Democracy and Good Governance, Florida International University; Vice Chairperson, United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration; Chairperson, International Commission on the Accreditation of Public Administration Education and Training Programs – IASIA.
  • Tudor Vlad, Director James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication University of Georgia, US.
  • Emil Boc, mayor of Cluj-Napoca city and former prime-minister of Romania
  • Diana Iancu, Associate professor, Dean, Faculty of Public Administration, National School of Political and Administrative Studies (SNSPA), Bucharest, Romania
  • Mihaela Onofrei, Professor, Rector, Al. I. Cuza University, Iași, Romania.
  • Marian Preda, Professor and president of the Senat, University of Bucharest, Romania.
  • Constantin Marius Profiroiu, Professor, Academy of Economic Studies (ASE), Bucharest, and vice-rector for international affairs.

Local organizers:

  • Călin Hințea, Professor, Dean, Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences, Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania.
  • Roger Hamlin, Michigan State University professor emeritus, associate dean for international affairs at FSPAC, Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania.
  • Bogdana Neamțu, Associate Professor, Chair, Public Administration and Management Department, Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania.
  • Bogdan Moldovan, Lecturer, Public Administration and Management Department, Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania

Please feel free to contact any of the local organizers for further details or for assistance with visas and traveling at the following email address