Public Governance after 2020: What we Know When we Know Nothing?

Public Governance after 2020: What we Know When we Know Nothing?

Fifth International Conference in Public Administration 

Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”


October 21st, 2021

Part I (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (EET – UTC+2h) 

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. 

Opening address: Political Uncertainty and Public Process (in English)

Prof. Todor Tanev, Dr. Habil, Sofia University (SU) 

Prof. Dr. Vesselin Popovski, Dean of Law School, Jindal Global University (JGU) 

9:30 – 10:15 a.m. (EET – UTC+2h)  

Key Note Lecture: The Record of American Military Intervention Since Vietnam: Why Knowledge Rarely Matters (in English), Richard Falk, Princeton University

Q&A Session 

(Moderator: Prof. Popovski, JGU)

10:15 – 12:00 a.m. (EET – UTC+2h)

Understanding History and Public Governance (in Bulgarian)

Participants: Stefan Detchev, Dimitar Atanassov, Vasil Garnizov, Lubomir Krastev, Georgy Stankov

(Moderator: Denitza Hinkova, SU)

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. Stefan Detchev, South-Western University, The dispute with Macedonia: the need for an Enlightenment

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Dimitar Atanassov, Institute of Ethnography of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS): The Ethical decline of the Bulgarian academic community

10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Vassil Garnizov, New Bulgarian University (NBU), Political orientation in the early 1990s

11:00 – 11:15 a.m. Lubomir Krastev, SU, History lessons from Modern Times pandemics 

11:15 – 11:30 a.m. Georgy Stankov, SU, Crisis by the book, or predictability of the unpredictable

11:45 – 12:00 a.m. Q&A Session

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (EET – UTC+2h) 

Round Table 1: Fiscal “Adjustments” in EU and the Member States (in Bulgarian)

Participants: Lubomir Datzov (Fiscal Council), Georgy Vuldzhev (EKIP), Evgeny Raykov (University of National and World Economy –UWNE), Lutchezar Bogdanov (Institute for Market Economics – IME), Vania Ilieva (EX-SU) and Martin Vladimirov (Center for the Study of Democracy).

Topics to  discuss:  Fiscal  Adjustment  Rules,  EU Conditionality,  The  Real Macroeconomic Challenge, Winners and Losers of Adjustments, and of Recovery Interventions, Horizontal Coordination. 

(Moderator: Maria Kotseva-Tikova, SU)

Lunch Break

Part II (2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (EET – UTC+2h) 

2:00 – 3:30 p.m. (EET – UTC+2h)

Public Governance’ Compass (in English) 

Participants: Scott Scheall, Tom G. Palmer, Shiv Visvanathan, Stephen Davis and Stefan Kolev; 

(Moderator: Krassen Stanchev, SU)

2:00 – 2:15 p.m. Scott Schaell, Arizona State University: The Ignorance of Politicians

2:15 – 2:30 p.m. Tom G. Palmer, ATLAS Network, CATO Institute: Truth and Governance

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. Shiv Visvanathan, JGU: Theaters of Democracy

2:45 – 3:00 p.m. Stefan Kolev, University of Zwikau: Ordoliberalism and the Trust in Government

3:00 – 3:15 p.m. Stephen E. Davis, Institute of Economic Affairs: The World after the Pandemic 

3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Q & A, Session 

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. (EET – UTC+2h)

Round Table 2: Where the Sound Money Has Gone (in English)

Participants: Martin Zaimov (Generator AD), Warren Coats (ex-IMF), Georgy Ganev (Center for Liberal Strategies), Richard Rahn (Institute for Global Economic Growth) 

Topics to discuss: Unsound monetary policies: who’s responsible; inflationary pressures, how long they may be around; what can be done internationally: “International” currency boards, commodity backed tokens, or anything else, or all these combined; and what small jurisdictions with relatively sound money (e.g. currency board arrangements) can do?

(Moderator: Krassen Stanchev, SU)

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. (EET – UTC+2h)

RT 2 Follow Up, How to Keep Currencies/Prices Stable in Small Jurisdictions (in Bulgarian)

Participants: Ilia Lingorski (SU, BMA), Stoyan Panchev (SU, EKIP), Vassil Karaivanov (SU), Daniel Vassilev (, Krassen Stanchev (SU) 

(Moderator: Todor Tanev, SU)

5:30 – 8:00 p.m. (EET – UTC+2h)

Doctoral and Alumni Reports (in English)

Bisser  Bozhkov:  Instability  of  National  Health  Systems  in  the  Context  of  Covid-19’s Disfunctionality Ramifications to the Public Health

Vessela Politova: Regulatory Reform in Education – Public Governance Challenges Before and During Covid 19. 

Iskra Mileva:  Strategic Governance of Education after 2020

Lora Lyubenova: Development of European Social Policies after the Covid 19 Pandemia.   Lyubomira Dimitrova: Dynamics of the Prices of Economic Service Production in Bulgaria under Covid 19.

Snezhina Kalendzhieva: Elections in Bulgaria in times of Pandemia. 

Tzvetan  Vassilev:  Covid-19  Mutations  and  the  Future  of  Human  Resource  Management  in Public Administration in Bulgaria

Ognyan Yankov, FDIs in zones of conflict: Livan 

Iassen Lazarov, Why „anti-vaccination“ survives: determinants for rejecting scientific facts

(Moderator: Maria Kotseva-Tikova, SU)

October 22nd, 2021

Part III (9:00 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. (EET – UTC+2h)

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. (EET – UTC+2h)

Opening  Lecture: International  and  National  Governance  in  Situations  of  High  Uncertainty (in English) 

Ramaswamy Sudarshan, JGU, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy

(Moderator: Todor Tanev, SU)

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (EET – UTC+2h)

Rule of Law in Different Contexts (in English)

Participants: Rashmi Raman, Marek Tatala, and Zdravka Kalaydjieva**

(Moderator: Atanas Slavov, SU)

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Rashmi Rashman (JGA, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda): Rule of law: international value context

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. Marek Tatala (Economic Freedom Foundation and Civil Development Forum): Rule of law in Poland

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Zdravka Kalayjeva, (ex-Judge, ECHR: Rule of law in Bulgaria, the role of its Prosecutor General

10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Q & A Session.

11:00 – 12:15 a.m. (EET – UTC+2h)

Meritocracy and Inequality (in English)

Participants: Naoyuki Haraoka, Gallina Andronova Vincelette, Ivan Kojouharov, and Albena Taneva

(Moderator: Milena Stefanova, SU) 

11:00 – 11:15 a.m. Naoyuki Haraoka (Japan Economic Foundation, Japan Spotlight): Meritocracy and Inequality

11:15 – 11:30 a.m. Gallina Andronova Vincelette (World Bank Europe): Lead policies to mitigate the COVID-19 Crisis

11:30 – 11:45 a.m. Ivan Kojouharov, Geneva Canton: Bottom-up Leadership Constellation: the Case of Switzerland

11:45 – 12:00 a.m.  Albena Taneva (SU): 2020: Challenges to Policy Leadership

12:00 -12:15 p.m. Q & A, Session

12:15 – 2:15 p.m. (EET – UTC+2h)·

Public Governance and the Promise of Risk-Free Society (in Bulgarian)

Participants:  Atanas Slavov, Lubima Andreeva, Maria Kotseva, Valentin Vassilev, Venelin Georgiev Darina Ruscheva, Sasha Grozdanova and Petya Branzova, Elena Lysenko. 

(Moderator Todor Tanev, SU)  

12:15 – 12:30 p.m. Atanas Slavov (SU): A Strategic Reform Endeavour in Legislation in Times of Crisis

12:30  –  12:45  p.m.  Darina  Ruscheva,  Sasha  Grozdanova  and  Petya  Branzova  (IER,  BAS):  Food security and the COVID-19 crisis 

12:45 – 1:00 p.m. Lubima Andreeva (SU): Human Resource Management in post-Covid Environment: New Dimensions

1:00 –  1:15  p.m.  Valentin  Vassilev,  (Higher  School  of  Security  and  Economics):  In  the  Mirror  of Changes: Effective Human Resource Management in Crisis Situations –Visions, Dreams and Reality.

1:15 – 1:30 p.m. Venelin Georgiev (NBU): Anti-Crisis Public Governance: Lessons Learned

1:30 – 1:45 p.m. Maria Kotseva (SU): The Green Alternative after COVID-19

1:45 – 2:00 p.m. Elena Lysenko (Yekaterinburg Federal University): Higher Education under COVID-19 – What to Do.

2:00 – 2:15 p.m. Q & A Session

Part IV (2:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (EET – UTC+2h)        

2:15 – 4:00 p.m. (EET – UTC+2h)

Public Policies under Stress – 1: EU dimension (in Bulgarian)

Participants:  Dessislava  Kalcheva,  Yanis  Yakovidis,  Georgy  Dimitrov,  Kaloyan  Staykov,  Venko Bezhkov and Vladislav Hristov, and Andrey Zahariev

(Moderator: Krassen Stanchev, SU)

2:15 – 2:30 p.m. Dessislava Kalcheva (SU): Economic Measures in the Mitigation of Covid-19Results and Expectations 

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. Yanis Yakovidis (SU, Vreya Government, Greece): Public Administration under Covid-19 in Greece Reforms Not Taken, New Financial Problems Created)

2:45 – 3:00 p.m. Georgy Dimitrov (SU): Ignorance-based EU enlargement policy

3:00  –  3:15  p.m.  Kaloyan  Staykov  (Energy  Management  Institute):  Energy  Market  and  Energy Resources

3:15  –  3:30  p.m.  Venko  Bezhkov  (Institute  of  Engineering  Chemistry,  BAS)  and  Vladislav  Hristov (ROCON AD): Black Sea as a Source of Energy: Sulfur-hydrogen

3:30 – 3:45 Andrey Zahariev (Economic Academy, Svishtov): Bridging North Bulgaria with Europe

3:45 – 4:00 p.m. Q & A Session

4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. (EET – UTC+2h) 

Public Policies under Stress – 2: Bulgaria dimension (in Bulgarian)

Participants:  Milkana  Mochurova,  Milena  Stefanova,  Petar  Ganev,  Arkadi  Sharkov,   Dessislava Valerieva 

(Moderator: Denitza Hinkova, SU)

4:00 – 4:10 p.m. Milkana Mochurova (IIR, BAS): Inclusive Growth after 2020 

4:10 – 4:20 p.m. Milena Stefanova (SU): Local governance under COVID-19

4:20 – 4:30 p.m. Petar Ganev (IME): Power Balance between Central and Local Government

4:30 – 4:40 p.m. Arkadi Sharkov (EKIP): Medical Practice and Political Virus-ology 

4:40 – 4:50 p.m. Dessislava Valerieva (SU): Fake News: Traditions and Reality

4:50 – 5:15 p.m. Q & A Session

5:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (EET – UTC+2h)

Closing RT: Rational and Irrational Voters (in Bulgarian) 

Topics to discuss: Ignorance as a policy factor, Radical public attitudes, Political elites in the 1990s and

Today, Gambling and Voting, Institutional and Populist Sentiments, Presidents and Political Process Participants: Boryana Dimitrova (Alpha Research), Petya Kabachieva (SU), Rumyana Kolarova (SU),

Boyan Ivanchev (UWNE), Yana Sabeva (SU), Daniel Smilov (SU) and Ivan Chalakov (PU).

(Moderator: Albena Taneva, SU)

6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (EET – UTC+2h)

Closing Panel: The Forgotten Man and Public Management (in Bulgarian) 

Participants: Tatiana Tomova (SU), Alexander Marinov (SU) and Todor Tanev (SU).

(Moderator: Albena Taneva, SU)

General Information

Theme: Public Governance after 2020: What we Know When we Know Nothing?

Dates: October 21-22, 2021.

Format: Online panels, organized as round tables (plus one classic RT)

Place: Sofia University

Round Tables and Panels:

RT 1: Fiscal Adjustments (in Bulgarian)

Topics to  discuss:  Fiscal  Adjustment  Rules,  EU Conditionality,  The  Real Macroeconomic Challenge, Winners and Losers of Adjustments, and of Recovery Interventions, Horizontal Coordination

RT 2: Where the Sound Money has gone (in English)

Topics:  Unsound  monetary  policies:  who’s  responsible  and  who  can  fix  the  situation;  Inflationary pressures, how long they may be around; Soft budget constraints and quantitative easing; What can be done  internationally:  new  Bretton  Woods,  new  SDR  mechanism,  “International”  currency  boards, commodity  backed  tokens,  or  anything  else,  or  all  these  combined;  What  small  jurisdictions  with relatively sound money (e.g. currency board arrangements) can do?

RT 2 Follow up (in Bulgarian): How to Keep Currencies/Prices Stable in Small Jurisdictions (in Bulgarian)  

RT 3 (Closing) Rational and Irrational Voters (in Bulgarian)

Topics: Ignorance as a policy factor, Radical public attitudes, Political elites in the 1990s and Today, Gambling and Voting, Institutional and Populist Sentiments, Presidents and Political Process Publication: After the conference all participants are invited to contribute essays featuring their talks and research associated with the Conference subject, by January 15, 2022. They will be published in separate bi-lingual volume by the Publishing House of Sofia University. Some essays will be selected for publication in the SU Public Policies journal. 

Organizing Committee of the Conference:

Associate Professor Krassen Stanchev, PhD, Sofia University

Associate Professor Albena Taneva, PhD, Sofia University

Associate Professor Elena Kalfova, PhD, Sofia University

Assistant Professor Simeon Petrov, PhD, Sofia University

Assistant Professor Denitsa Hinkova, PhD, Sofia University

 Prof. Vesselin Popovsky, Dean, Law Faculty, Jindal University

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