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Contacts: Working Group on Local Government

WG Programme Coordinators:

Michiel S. de Vries, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands, m.devries@fm.ru.nl
He holds the chair in Public Administration at the Radboud University of Nijmegen and is visiting professor at the Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. He is president of IASIA, full member of the Group of Independent Experts on the European Charter of Local Self-Government of the Council of Europe and member of the editorial board of numerous journals on Public Administration. His research concentrates on local government, public sector reform, policy evaluation, policy change and comparative public administration. 
Daniel Klimovský, Comenius University in Bratislava, Faculty of Arts, Department of Political Science, daniel.klimovsky@gmail.com
His research and educational activities focus on public administration, as well as political issues linked to sub-national levels. He is the Regional Studies Association Ambassador for Slovakia and a member of both the Management Committee and the Steering Committee of the COST IS 1207: Local Public Sector Reforms in Europe led by Professor S. Kuhlmann and Professor Geert Bouckaert. He is the main coordinator of the POL-LOC initiative, which includes more than 20 universities from 15 European countries. Aside from his academic activities, he cooperated with the Social Watch (2008-2011) and was a member of the Steering Committee of the Open Society Foundation in Slovakia (2012-2014), as well as an independent/external expert of the Council of Europe. Furthermore he has cooperated with central government in Slovakia and with several local governments and their associations.

Tim Jäkel, National Research University Higher School of Economics: School of  Public Administration, Russia, tjekel@hse.ru
Tim Jäkel is an Assistant Professor at the School of Politics and Governance of the National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russian Federation. He holds a PhD in Political Science (Dr. rer. pol.) from the University of Heidelberg, Germany. Prior to joining the National Research University Higher School of Economics, he worked as a research fellow at the German Research Institute for Public Administration Speyer, Germany. Tim’s research interests include public management, work-attitudes and behaviors, and public affairs in Russia. Results from his research were recently published in the International Review of Public Administration, the NISPACee Journal of Public Administration and Policy, Statistics, Politics and Policy, and Teaching Public Administration.

Previous WG Programme Coordinators:

Ilona Pálné Kovács, Professor, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, University of Pécs, Hungary
Professor Ilona Pálné Kovács is a lawyer, political scientist, elected as a corresponding member of Hungarian Academy of Science HAS in 2013. She is a full time professor and the head of PhD programme in political science at the Department for Political Studies of University of Pécs. Recently she is a director of the Institute for Regional Studies, CERS HAS. Her fields of interest are regional policy, regional governance and local governments, European multi-level governance, cohesion policy, Europeanisation. She conducted many domestic and international projects, participating in several FP, ESF, INTERREG, TEMPUS, ESPON, UNESCO, EC DG Regio programmes.

Gabor Soos, Institute for Political Science (Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest). He holds a PhD in Political Science, MA in Sociology, and MA in History, edited and co-edited four books on local government in Central and Eastern Europe.


Arto Haveri is a Professor of Local Governance at School of Management, University of Tampere, Finland. He focuses primarily on local governance and local government management, and most recently on promises and problems of democratic network governance. He also maintains an interest in the problems of administrative reform design and evaluation, particularly in areas of local and regional government and regional development.

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