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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 Third 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 2018. 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.


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

extended to 31th of December 2017

Full paper submission deadline

30. January 2018.

Review results/acceptance notification

20. March 2018.

Registration from

20. February 2018.


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 (160 EUR for payments until 31st of December 2017)
Accompanying co-author: 150 EUR (120 EUR for payments until 31st of December 2017)
Publishing only (without attending / presentation): 150 EUR (120 EUR for payments until 31st of December 2017)
Doctoral students: 120 EUR (100 EUR for payments until 31st of December 2017)

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