Aims and Scope

The mission of Central European Public Administration Review is to contribute to the theoretical and practical progress of public administration in central European and other countries, adopting European principles. Public administration is respectively understood as one of the vital social subsystems that directly affect the development of the whole societies and needs to be addressed in a scientifically sound and multidisciplinary way. In this respect, particularly contemporary issues are addressed, such as globalisation, crises, post-socialist transitions, digitalisation, delegation of powers, migrations, strive for rule of law, transparency and participation in public issues, efficiency and accountability issues and other similar challenges and reforms.

In addition, the editors and boards aim is to strengthen the awareness regarding common European principles of good administration and public governance in order to identify and exchange best practices on the field. However, specific administrative cultural traditions need to be respected when reforming administrative policies. Particularly, the focus is on central Europe, even though its limits are broadly defined to incorporate Eastern Europe, Balkans, and Western democratic legacies and practices. We also welcome papers from other regions of Europe and beyond to enable comparative insights in joint research topics. 

Hence, the editors’ standing on journal’s aims are:

(1) Openness across national and disciplinary boundaries, with diversity regarding administration and governance related topics, geographical focus and contributors affiliation in central Europe and broader.

(2) Focusing on the specifics and importance of public administration as a societal system and its multilevel governance. In this framework, especially new studies, innovative approaches and addressing controversial issues are welcome to enable thought-provoking debate and further research. 

(3) The substantive and methodological scientific relevance and multidisciplinary insight of selected current topics through robust review process. IMRaD (Introduction, Methodology, Results and Discussion) approach is recommended combining empirical research with qualitative and quantitative analyses. Although academic contribution is highly regarded, readability of articles is pursued by clarity of titles, key words and abstracts.

Finally, we wish to foster collaboration and networking among public administration scholars and experts from practice by supporting comparative articles, addressing pan European principles of public administration, multidisciplinary research, co-authorships, constructive and proactive members of advisory boards.