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June 20, 2014, 12:48

Small States and Governance

An open seminar hosted by Evropustofa and the Centre for Small State Studies, in cooperation with the Institute of Public Administration and Politics and the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Iceland, Wednesday June 25 from 13:00 to 16:30 in Askja 132 at the University of Iceland.


The seminar is part of the Centre´s Small States Summer School, now hosted for the 12th time. The seminar is in English and is open to the public.

13:00 Opening remarks by Ólafur Þ. Harðarson, Professor of Political Science and Chair of the board, Institute of International Affairs, University of Iceland

Part One: Small States in the EEA

13:05 Keynote speech:
Administrative reforms seen from the top: Norway in a European Perspective
Per Lægreid
, Professor, Department of Administration and Organization, University of Bergen

13:35 Liechtenstein´s special arrangements: A small state´s creative solutions
Christian Frommelt
, Research Fellow, Liechtenstein Institute

Part Two: Small States and the EU

13:55 Small states and the European Commission: Opportunities for influence
Caroline Grön
, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen

14:15 Working within the EU: The Case of Malta
Roderick Pace
, Professor of European Studies, University of Malta

14:35 Coffee and tea

Part Three: The Case of Iceland

15:00 The effectiveness and failure of the small public administration in Iceland relating to the 2008 Economic Crash
Baldur Þórhallsson
, Jean Monnet Chair of European Studies and Research Director of the Centre for Small State Studies

15:20 Public administration reforms following the crash Gunnar Helgi Kristinsson, Professor of Public Administration, Faculty of Political Science, University of Iceland

15:40 A small state, so what? A social mechanism approach to the understanding of small state policy and governance
Sigurbjörg Sigurgeirsdóttir
, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Political Science, University of Iceland

16:00 Summary of the findings
Michael Corgan
, Associate Professor of International Relations, Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University

16:20 Closing remarks
Pia Hansson
, Director, Institute of International Affairs and Centre for Small State Studies, University of Iceland

16:30 End of conference