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The last meeting of the working group was held on the 24th NISPAcee Annual Conference, Zagreb, Croatia, from May 19-21, 2016.
Next meeting will be held on the 25th NISPAcee Annual Conference, Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan, Russian Federation, from May 18-20, 2017:
Call for papers 2017


The last comprehensive international study on inter-municipal cooperation (IMC) in Europe was elaborated by Hulst and van Montfort in 2007 who used data from the late 1990s and early 2000s, and since that time, the features of the IMC have been significantly developed across Europe. In addition, the authors of the mentioned study dealt with a rather limited number of countries, and especially the CEE countries are under-represented there.

The main goal of this call is to bring together scholars from different European countries and to provide for them an interesting platform to discuss specific features and developments of the IMC in their countries. We would like to support especially comparative papers, and within this context we want to encourage potential contributors to elaborate upon such papers. An important part of all papers will also be the lessons to be learned. Our intention is to provide an output which will be interesting, not only for scholars or researchers, but also for practitioners who would appreciate international experience with a phenomenon which seems to be somewhat familiar in all European countries.

Concerning the research questions, authors may try to focus on the following questions:

1) What is the history of the IMC in different European countries? What were the crucial milestones?

2) What are the motives of the collaboration initiatives at the local level? What are the main drivers of the IMC?

3) Who are the main initiators of the IMC?

4) What are the decision-making structures of the IMC? How efficient/democratic is decision-making within the IMC?

5) What outputs and outcomes are brought by the IMC (for individual members/for associations of collaborating municipalities)? Does it necessarily lead to mergers of municipalities (or establishment of mezzo-level governments)?

6) Are there any other alternatives which can be used instead of the IMC?

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