Transylvanian International Conference in Public Administration

The Department of Public Administration and Management, Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Studies at Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania, invites you to take part in our 2017 annual international conference: the Transylvanian International Conference in Public Administration. The conference will take place Nov. 2-4, 2017 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. A workshop for practitioners and a Ph.D. seminar are scheduled to take place before the main conference on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.
The main goal of the conference is to bring together public administration academics, researchers and practitioners from all over the world and create the framework in which they can exchange ideas, disseminate best practices and develop networking opportunities for future teaching and research projects. The overarching topic for 2017 is innovation and how innovation (understood in a broad manner) is currently used in governance to generate better service delivery, more inclusive citizen participation, more effective transfer and adaptation of best practices from international level.
In 2017 the conference will have four main thematic panels:
  • Innovation and technology as drivers for community development
  • Strategic planning, management and communication in governance
  • Public administration education
  • Public law
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 two days of the conference. The trip organized on Nov. 4, after the conference closes, is also sponsored by the local organizers for all interested participants in the conference.
Important deadlines
  • Submission of short abstract, up to 250 words, by Sept. 25, 2017. Registration needs to be done at this moment as well.
  • Full paper submission by Oct. 25, 2017.
  • Submission of papers for inclusion in the volume containing the conference proceedings is Feb. 15, 2018
Registration and submission of abstracts and full papers will be made online, using the conference website If you need to contact the local organizers for visa invitations or in other matters, please send an email at and a reply will be issued in no more than two working days.
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.
  • Roger Hamlin, professor, Michigan State University, US.
  • Arno Loessner, Professor Emeritus, University of Delaware, US and Secretary/Treasurer, Unidel Foundation, Inc.
  • Jurac Nemec, Professor, Masaryk University, Czech Republic; president of NISPACee and editor-in-chief, NISPAcee Journal of Public Administration and Policy.
  • Edoardo Ongaro, Professor, Northumbria University, Newcastle, President of the European Group for Public Administration (EGPA) and Editor (appointed) of Public Policy and Administration.
  • 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, 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, University of Bucharest, Romania and president of the university Senate
  • Marius Profiroiu, Professor, Academy of Economic Studies (ASE), Bucharest, and vice-rector for international affairs.

Local organizers:

  • Prof. Călin Hințea, Dean, Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences, Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania. 
  • Assoc. prof. Bogdana Neamțu, Chair, Public Administration and Management Department, Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania.