Call for the Special Issue of the Central European Public Administration Review

“Public sector during and after the Covid-19 pandemic – Challenges in Central Europe and other countries, adopting European principles

Guest Editors:
Assist. Prof.
Nina Tomaževič, PhD (University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Public Administration, Slovenia),
Assist. Prof. Onur Kulaç, PhD (Pamukkale University, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Turkey)

Special Issue Framework – a Brief Description:

In a period of just a few months, the Covid-19 pandemic radically changed the lives of millions of people and significantly affected almost all aspects of relations in societies worldwide, e.g. between the state or any other authority and citizens, businesses, NGOs and other service users/parties. Apart from the devastating health consequences for those directly affected by the virus, the Covid-19 pandemic holds major implications for the way all members of our societies live and work.

In the first half of 2020 – during the first wave of the pandemic – public sector organisations had to resort to various interventions and tactics and introduce new/different communication channels in order to continue to effectively play their roles in relation to service users/parties, as well as to efficiently organise civil servants' tasks. Some of these approaches immediately proved to be a value added also for the future, while others continue to cause problems when searching for a balance between protection of legally defined public interest and exercising private rights.

This calls for a detailed research of the main policy and organisational challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic faced by the heads of public sector organisations, public servants, service users/parties, and all other stakeholders of public sector organisations, e.g. other institutions involved in specific administrative procedures. The research of the first wave of the pandemic can help us understand the most salient drivers and barriers for classically and remotely run activities, in order to formulate the recommendations for agile operations of public sector organisations.

Subject Coverage / Topics that are welcome in particular, but not limited to:

In order to better understand the future of public services during and after the next waves of the Covid-19 pandemic, we call for scientific theoretical and empirical papers reflecting on, but not limited to, the following issues:

  • Public sector organisations’ responses to the Covid-19 pandemic and related issues for tomorrow’s better policy making on supranational, national, regional and local scales;
  • Impact of the Covid-19 crisis on the future development of public governance models;
  • Impact of the Covid-19 crisis on the regulation/legislation related to public services;
  • Impact of the Covid-19 crisis on digitalisation of public services and internal processes of public sector organisations;
  • Impact of the Covid-19 crisis on public sector values, ethics, and principles;
  • Innovations in public services for efficient adaptation to the changes caused by Covid-19;
  • Change management and crisis management approaches for an effective and efficient support of civil servants;
  • Impacts of anti-Covid-19 measures – e.g. isolation, quarantine, lockdown – on public sector organisations’ operations;
  • Impacts of the Covid-19 crisis on the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals related to public services;
  • Street-level bureaucracy and the critical role of street-level bureaucrats in the Covid-19 pandemic;
  • Comparative analyses of Covid-19 public sector challenges from selected countries/continents.

Guidelines for Prospective Authors:

Regardless of the selected topic or type of research methods (qualitative or more empirical), we encourage prospective authors to submit applications and full papers based on IMRaD structure. Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper was not publicly available or has been largely re-written).

All papers are refereed through a double blind peer review process. Manuscripts are to be submitted online at http://cepar.fu.uni-lj.si/index.php/CEPAR/about/submissions

CEPAR’s aim is to cover mostly Central European but also global settings, in not only geographical but mainly contextual terms, by supporting administrative reforms and public governance in accordance with European principles. CEPAR is indexed and referred to by ESCI (Emerging Sources Citation Index, Clarivate Analytics), HeinOnline, ECONLIT, CNKI SCHOLAR, EBSCO, IPSA, IBSS, WPSA, SSRN, CSA Proquest, ERIH+, ULRICH's and Google Scholar.

The publisher of the journal is a member of the European Association of Science Editors (EASE) and OpenAIRE.

The journal and its articles are permanently archived in the Digital Library of Slovenia and the Repository of the University of Ljubljana.
The journal adheres to COPE ethical standards of best practice of journal policy.

Target Dates:

  • Submission of full manuscripts: 1 March 2021.
  • Reviews and feed-back information to authors: 1 April 2021.
  • Submission of revised papers: 20 April 2021.
  • Publication: May 2021.

Papers submitted earlier than the submission date will be put through the review process on a rolling basis, and their authors may expect to hear back sooner.

Additional queries and information: cepar@fu.un-lj.si.