PSG V: Regional and Local Government

IntergovernmentThe focus of this EGPA Study Group on Regional and Local Government is the internal working of, and relationships between, local and regional governments.

The focus of this EGPA Study Group on Regional and Local Government is the internal working of, and relationships between, local and regional governments. After some years of regionalisation across most European countries, there is a need to assess how far the internal structures and processes of local governments have changed, the ways in which the organisation of regional governments have evolved and how regional governments have defined their roles and accommodated or suppressed the interests of local government.The strategic aims of the EGPA Study Group on Regional and Local Government are:

  • to identify themes likely to provide an intellectual focus for the group and attract future conference participants;
  • to identify common themes with potential for cross-national research;
  • to identify high quality publication outlets for papers and specifically to identify papers suitable to special issues or an edited book;
  • to develop a dissemination strategy and expand its network in Europe and beyond.

Hence, the following themes/topics are on the Study Group’s agenda:

  • to identify institutional variants of local and regional government systems across European countries and beyond;
  • to gather and present (interim) research results on local and regional government reforms and compare their driving forces and impacts across countries;
  • to examine the interaction between local and regional governmental levels/actors and their relation to the central/federal state level (multi-level governance);
  • to explore local and regional institutional seetings in different sub-nationally important policy areas and compare them across countries;
  • to analyse actors/roles/strategies as well as changes in local/ regional resources (particularly finance, organization, personnel);
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Chairs of this EGPA SG on Regional and Local Government are Martin Laffin (Professor of Public Policy and Management, Queen Mary, University of London, UK); Ellen Wayenberg (Professor, Ghent University, Belgium) and Sabine Kuhlmann (Professor of Comparative Public Administration, University of Potsdam, Germany).

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