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14 April 2018 - 20th Anniversary Conference of the Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies,
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Conference Topics and Call for Papers

The role of government in the economy

We are pleased to invite you to the 6th REDETE conference, which will take place in Banja Luka, Republic of Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 13-15 April. The efficiency of government has a significant bearing on a country’s economic development and economic growth. Excessive bureaucracy and regulation, a lack of transparency are certainly the main reasons for a slow progress in building full market economies in many transition countries. Liberalization of trade and prices came fast, but institutional reforms in many areas often faced opposition from various sides. The state in free market economy should enforce market freedom and sustain depoliticised socio-economic relations, as Adam Smith argued, free economy fall into ‘bloodshed and disorder’ ‘unless the state civilizes its conduct by means of law, police, and fabrication of the moral sentiments of the system of private poverty’ (Werner Benefeld, 2016:37). Ordoliberalism is a concept best describes the crucial role of the state as the concentrated force of economic freedom. That is essential for entrepreneurship and economic development in transition countries. This provide a departure point of the next REDETE forum taking place in Banja Luka.
Indeed, the topic should be a general frame of the conference, however topics are not confined to this particular area.  Topics suitable for this conference should reflect the new shifts which are becoming apparent in the economic system, and within the context of developing or transition economies. 
Proposing topics
Questioning the existing economic model is not really being addressed by policy makers, yet if we are to retain and improve entrepreneurial activity and stimulate economic development we need to focus on some the following thoughts:

  • How do we get the balance between the role of the state and the role of private capital in supporting entrepreneurial activity?
  •  Governments managing the ¸¸ leaky bucket¸¸ - efficiency versus equality
  • How can SMEs particularly micro-businesses in transition economies compete in the global marketplace? Is public support an answer or should they develop self-reliance or use a mixed multi-agency approach?
  • Thus leading from that, has insufficient attention be paid in transition economies to the success of entrepreneur-owned co-operatives in countries like Germany, Austria and Ireland  – collaboration over competition?
  • To what extent are we looking at future longer-term challenges to the stability and growth of our entrepreneurial sectors? Some unpleasant environmental challenges could be looming – global warming could trigger massive migratory shifts and the spread of endemic disease. In addition there is the linked possibility of larger scale environmental disasters in the developed economies – heat waves, floods, etc. For example it is clear that the world re-insurers simply could not cope with a more frequent number of global disasters.
  • How do we move away from a reliance on complex financial instruments to finance business activity, towards simpler and more basic credit/savings or other microfinance models?
  • How best do we harness intellectual assets in the form of research that brings together theory and practice in a synergistic process? For too long we have relied on theoretical modelling based on conceptualised data gathering which we then seek to find some methodology in its application to real-world situations.  

In order to attract more contributors and wider audience, it is important to place entrepreneurship and SME development within the broader context of economic development. This therefore requires the inclusion of a thematic approach to economic development, a topic which is poorly understood in transition economies, but which is closely related to entrepreneurship: 
Some of the possible questions /themes

  • What are the main economic institutions as far as entrepreneurship development is concerned and how they shape problems of underdevelopment and prospects for successful development?
  • What constraints significantly restrain accelerated growth, depending on local conditions?
  • Are free markets and economic privatisation the answer to development problems?
  • What is the impact of foreign aid, and should developing countries continue to seek such aid, and if so, under which conditions? Can foreign aid be better targeted?
  • Should MNC be encourage to invest in the economies of less developed countries, and if so, under what conditions?
  • Entrepreneurship and social inclusion.
  • Corruption and economic development.
  • Tourism  topics are welcomed
  • Role of the public sector – schemes and mechanism for enhancing ED and E.
  • Role of the Third sector in building entrepreneurial and other capacities

In the context of government intervention, the most concerning questions/issues are:


We shall have again a selection of distinguished scholars as key notes and special guests

  • Prof. Werner Bonefild, University of York, Department of Politics, United Kingdom
  • Prof. Vassilios Fouskas, University of East London, UK, (Editor of the Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies)
  • Prof. Roy Thurik, Erasmus School of Economics and Free University in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Prof. Dejan Jovic, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Political Science, Croatia
  • Prof. Sebastian Dullien, HTW Berlin - University of Applied Sciences, department of Economics, Germany
  • Prof. Peter Rosa, The University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Prof. Joern Kleinert, University of Graz, Institute of Economics
  • Prof. Andrew Burke, Trinity College Dublin, the Dean of Business Studies, Ireland
  • Prof. Alistair R. Anderson - Robert Gordon University, UK, (Editor of Entrepreneurship & Regional Development)
  • Prof. Predrag Bjelic, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Economics 
  • Prof. Johan Gaddefors, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Economics, Sweden
  • Prof. Donato Iacobucci, University of Ancona, Italy



Abstract submission (300-700 words):      deadline               20 July 2017
Notification of acceptance                                          10 August 2017 
Full paper submission deadline                                  30 November 2017
Review results/acceptance notification                      31 December 2017
Registration from                                                        1 February 2018
Conference                                                                 April, 2018.

Abstract and final papers should be sent to the email:   
(Instructions for authors in the attachment). 



Participant (attending / paper presenting author): 200 EUR
Accompanying co-author: 150 EUR
Publishing only (without attending / presentation): 150 EUR
Doctoral students: 120 EUR


Please do not hesitate to contact us for any question you might have:  
Zoran Borovic (conference secretary):,   +387 (0) 65 607 070
Jovo Ateljevic (the chair):, +387 (0) 65 412 521