- Michiel S de Vries, Chair of the department of Public Administration, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Daniel Klimovský, Comenius University in Bratislava, Faculty of Arts, Department of Political Science, email@example.com
- Tim Jäkel, National Research University Higher School of Economics: School of Public Administration, Russia, firstname.lastname@example.org
The working group invites papers dealing with topics such as:
• Local democracy, the role of councils, new forms of participation,
• New horizontal linkages between local governments and state agencies in public service delivery,
• Size, scales, capacities, cooperation of municipalities,
• New challenges in public policy at local and regional level,
• The context in which local governments have to operate,
• Stakeholders inside the municipality,
• Intergovernmental relations between the local, regional, national and European levels.
As the 2020 NISPA Conference was cancelled, papers that were prepared for that conference and which participants want to present in 2021 are still welcome. Proposals for such papers still have to be sent in before the deadline.
For 2021, the working group would like to organise a session on the impact of COVID-19 policies on the functioning of local governments in the CEE region. We invite participants to submit papers focused on impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in the following fields:
- Vertical inter-governmental relations -between national – mid level - local government.
- Horizontal inter-governmental relations – between municipalities.
- Structural change within local government organizations.
- Legal, economic and financial issues for local governments linked to local or national policies trying to contain the pandemic.
- The impact of the pandemic on the efficiency and/or effectiveness of local service delivery as a result of civil servants working from home.
- Budget cuts and limitation of service delivery of local governments.
Thus, although general papers on developments in local government in CEE countries are still welcome, we invite especially theoretical and empirical papers that address the issues mentioned above.
Proposals for papers to be presented at the 2020 NISPAcee conference should include the following:
1. The names of the authors and their affiliation.
2. The research question to be answered in the paper.
3. The way in which the research question is going to be answered.
4. Information about the case(s)/data to be analysed.
5. The relevance of the paper for the working group