Conference info



announces an international conference



to take place in Rzeszów, Poland

5-6 June 2014


          Partnerships as forms to organize activities undertaken in the public sector have had a long history. As instruments to deliver public services in Europe, partnerships took root on a larger scale in the 1980s – accompanied by the spread of New Public Management. Initially being preferred for public-private ventures, partnerships soon started to be established that were inclusive of actors representing the not-for profit sector – the capacity of this sector to participate in decision-making processes and public service delivery was fully appreciated over the 1990s. Further mushrooming of partnerships was helped by a return to the principle of  subsidiarity that, together with the principle of decentralization, became a trademark of reforms undertaken in the public sector at the turn of the XX and XXI century. The dissemination of the concept of governance, which was promoted inter alia by the European Commission’s White Paper on Governance (2001), has provided an additional impulse in the development of partnerships as instruments to carry out the European Union’s regional and cohesion policy, tools to combat unemployment, poverty and social exclusion as well as means to deliver daily public services and to tackle complex problems – both sector-related and territorial in nature.

          The goal of the conference is to present and disseminate results of scientific research focused on partnership understood as a form of co-operation involving stakeholders representing different sectors, which is established in the public sphere in order to reach public objectives. The organizers’ intention is to open the conference for presentation of the broadest possible spectrum of circumstances in which such partnerships are established and operated. To this end, we invite participants representing a variety of academic disciplines – political science, sociology, economy, law, cultural studies etc. – whose findings may contribute to an interdisciplinary discussion concerning the issue in question. Our call is also addressed at practitioners who – representing public administration, social organizations or economy – are familiar with the daily reality of partnerships across the public domains.

          Without limiting the scope of possible presentations, we see the following issues as worth focusing upon during the June conference:

  • partnerships as instruments to carry out policies of development both in rural and urban areas;
  • two- and three-sector partnerships as tools to deliver public tasks;
  • partnerships as a form of social and civic dialogue;
  • partnerships as means to counteract social exclusion;
  • legal frameworks for partnerships, including limitations created by law and recommendations concerning legal solutions that circumscribe the establishing and functioning of partnerships;
  • political and administrative cultures in the framework of which partnerships function and the possibilities to change such cultures via partnerships;
  • social capital and its role in establishing and functioning of partnerships and vice versa, i.e.  – the role of partnerships in generating social capital;
  • partnerships in multi-cultural societies/communities;
  • opportunities to further develop the partnership approach in the coming EU financial perspective 2014-2020.

          The two-day conference proceedings will take place both in plenary sessions and thematic groups. The proceedings will be held in Polish and/or English.

Important data:

- electronic registration - April 20th, 2014 (see: registration form)

- presentation/paper theme acceptance – May 5th 2014

- conference fee payment - May 15th, 2014. Rzeszów University Bank Name: Podkarpacki Bank Spółdzielczy Oddział w Rzeszowie,

   Bank account: IBAN PL 48 8642 1126 2012 1119 9353 0001 with description: "partnerships-political science"


  The conference fee is set at 350 PLZ (app. 85 euro, which covers the costs of: conference materials, catering, and the monographs’ publishing) or at 480 PLZ (app. 118 euro, which is inclusive of accommodation)

- dealine for papers submission - 30th June 2014