Growth and well-being as distinct research topics are seldom viewed in direct relation with public administration. Very often, when the connection is made, it concerns mainly the negative effects emanating from the action or lack thereof of public administration, the blocking of or insufficient support provided for economic development, or from ignoring citizens’ requests. In reality, modern public administration can and should be intimately related to growth and well-being.
On the other hand, public administration is directly linked to a concept whose importance is growing, namely the quality of life. The capacity of public administration to stimulate an enhanced quality of life within local communities has a positive impact, not only with respect to citizens’ satisfaction, but also with respect to growth and development (through the attraction of a highly educated and skilled work force, capable of stimulating the development of a knowledge-based economy). Public administration should be interested in providing a coherent framework for economic development, in eliminating irrational barriers for investors and citizens, and even more importantly in stimulating this development through smart strategies and policies.
The proposed topic will endeavour to encourage discussions on the factors capable of interconnecting public administration with growth and well-being. In our view, the main conference theme is so relevant for all countries worldwide that it cannot remain indifferent to the most qualified and experienced specialists, public administration sphere of professionals and those who take the first steps in this field. We are encouraging you to participate with papers and presentations dealing with the announced conference topics. In addition, we are also inviting you to enjoy the beauty and history of the conference location and the hospitality of the local organiser.