The 26th NISPAcee Annual Conference

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In the conference participated 317 participants

Conference programme published

Almost 250 conference participants from 36 countries participated

Conference Report

An opportunity to learn from other researchers and other countries' experiences on certain topics.

G.A.C., Hungary, 25th Conference 2017, Kazan

Very well organised, excellent programme and fruitful discussions.

M.M.S., Slovakia, 25th Conference 2017, Kazan

The NISPAcee conference remains a very interesting conference.

M.D.V., Netherlands, 25th Conference 2017, Kazan

Thank you for the opportunity to be there, and for the work of the organisers.

D.Z., Hungary, 24th Conference 2016, Zagreb

Well organized, as always. Excellent conference topic and paper selection.

M.S., Serbia, 23rd Conference 2015, Georgia

Perfect conference. Well organised. Very informative.

M.deV., Netherlands, 22nd Conference 2014, Hungary

Excellent conference. Congratulations!

S. C., United States, 20th Conference 2012, Republic of Macedonia

Thanks for organising the pre-conference activity. I benefited significantly!

R. U., Uzbekistan, 19th Conference, Varna 2011

Each information I got, was received perfectly in time!

L. S., Latvia, 21st Conference 2013, Serbia

The Conference was very academically fruitful!

M. K., Republic of Macedonia, 20th Conference 2012, Republic of Macedonia

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Meeting DETAILS of Conference Programme

for the  26th NISPAcee Annual Conference
    Program Overview

Thursday, May 24, 2018            14:00 - 15:30

I. Working Group on Local Government 
Session 1: Local Government Reforms and Consequences
Room Sala Ferdinand 1st floor
Related to I. Working Group on Local Government
WG Programme Coordinators:
Michiel de Vries, Radboud University Nijmegen, Nijmegen, Netherlands
Ilona Palne Kovacs, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Budapest, Hungary

The Working Group on Local Governance deals with all sub-national levels of governance from several points of view: regulation, structure, organisation, functioning, finance, representation, election, and public policies etc. The WG especially welcomes empirical research results, comparative analysis, but also welcomes theoretical contributions.


Central theme for 2018: Shift between centralisation and decentralisation

In many countries, local governments have been given more functions within the framework of decentralisation. Nowadays, the consequences have become visible in sometimes an improved, but also a deteriorated service delivery. In addition, recently, the opposite trend, namely towards re-centralisation is seen. This takes place, if not in taking back the responsibility of policies from local governments by national governments, then by setting stricter regulations and boundary conditions on the workings of local governments in decentralised areas. Local governments react differently. Sometimes one sees amalgamations, and at other times, inter-municipal cooperation and/or mergers of local administrations. All these trends have their merits and drawbacks.

Furthermore, these developments beg the question as to what municipalities can learn from developments taking place in this regard in other countries. The developments have an impact on urban-rural networks, as well as on the classic issue of decentralisation and centralisation.

Paper: Lasting Independence or creeping Re-centralization? The Case of Polish Local Government
Jowanka Jakubek-Lalik, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland

Paper: Decentralization in Kazakhstan and Poland: A comparative Study
Bakhytzhan Kurmanov, Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan
Ilyas Yesdauletov, Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan
Bakhytzhan Kurmanov, Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan

Paper: Regarding Designs for Fiscal Rule and Fiscal Decentralization in Romania
Mihaela Onofrei, University "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" Iasi, Iasi, Romania
Tudorel Toader, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi, Romania, IASI, Romania
Elena Cigu, University "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" Iasi, Iasi, Romania
Mihaela Onofrei, University "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" Iasi, Iasi, Romania

Paper: Local Government Reforms in Poland and Hungary from a Comparative Perspective. Convergent and Divergent Developmets
Lucyna Rajca, Jan Kochanowski University, Kielce, Poland