Albanian Studies Days (ASD) Conference is the flagship academic activity of the European University of Tirana and in 2018 it will be its fifth successive session. The conference aims to bring together the most renowned international scholars focusing on Albania and the Western Balkans to examine the most pertinent issues facing Albania and its region. ASD 2018 will focus on the role of the state in providing and/or regulating public services. Scholars interested in the region and on the topic are encouraged to participate in the conference which brings together researchers of politics, economy, law, sociology, anthropology, psychology, finance, education, IT, and development to discuss the formal and informal practices and institutions that affect the state’s role and ability to provide and/or regulate public services in Albania and the region.