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The last meeting of the working group was held on the 25th NISPAcee Annual Conference, Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan, Russian Federation, from May 18-20, 2017.
Next meeting will be held on the 26th NISPAcee Annual Conference, Iasi, Romania, from May 24-26, 2018:

Call for papers 2018

Main focus and working aims

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.


Specific goals

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.

Thus, although general papers on local government are also welcome, we especially invite theoretical and empirical papers that address the issues mentioned above.


Guidelines for contributors

·In line with the focus of the 2018 conference (processes at and amongst different levels of governance and reactions to the changes).

·We invite especially local, nationwide, empirical researches; how centralisation or decentralisation is managed and what are the (financial, functional, quality, democracy) impacts and responses. Comparative analyses are especially welcome.

·International or methodological or theoretical relevance: how we can learn from the paper beyond the case.



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