IV. Working Group on Regional Development and Inter-regional Cooperation
Main focus and working aims
The aim of the Working Group on Regional Development and Inter-regional Co-operation is to identify, explore and disseminate new research within the broad field of regional governance and create a platform for academics and practitioners to debate and advance new scholarship and solutions to pressing issues. Our main focus is on the theory and practice of regional development and inter-regional cooperation on different levels (from state to local, municipal) and aspects (administrative in its relations with social, economic, cultural), to cover the history and good practices of the process.
In 2018 the Working Group will concentrate its sessions on the effects of social and political uncertainty on regional governance and inter-regional co-operation, and bring the work under the umbrella title of: "Regional Governance in Uncertain Times”.
We are therefore inviting papers that broadly fall within the following topics:
●the challenges to regional governance in an age of social and political uncertainty;
●regional and municipal cooperation as a catalyst for regional development;
●the role of cooperative regional clusters in Europe and neighbouring countries in promoting good governance.
Guidelines for contributors
We are inviting abstracts (of no more than 350 words) that should represent original research in the area. The abstracts should emphasise the research problem, methods, and theoretical approach as well as highlight the possible practical implications and benefits to practitioners. The positive cases of good practice of regional development and cooperation, especially from the NISPAcee region are most welcome.