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Local Government and Politics

Standing Group

Established 1994

Number of members: 254

Convenor

  • Paweł Swianiewicz (University of Warsaw)
  • Kristof Steyvers (Ghent University)

Steering Committee

  • Filipe Teles (Universidade de Aveiro)
  • Gro Sandkjær Hanssen (Norwegian Institute for Urban and Region Research)
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About

The ECPR Standing Group on Local Government and Politics promotes research among European and other scholars in the field of local politics, democracy, governance and administration. The Standing Group has a particular interest in supporting comparative research. It functions as a network of scholars and PhD students but also welcomes practitioners interested in research in the field. It endorses Sections and Panels at ECPR General Conferences and workshops at the Joint Sessions, provides information about upcoming conferences and other events, and reports on new publications. The Standing Group also endorses an annual Summer School for doctoral students on local government and politics.

Aims & Objectives

The aims and objectives of the Standing Group on Local Government and Politics are to:

  • Contribute to the development of the comparative study of local government and politics;
  • Establish, develop and maintain an international network of researchers in the field of local government and politics;
  • Develop links between senior teachers and researchers and PhD-students who work with the same kind of research questions;
  • Develop specialized courses for PhD-students who follow programs in the field of local government and politics studies or whose research and thesis fall within that field;
  • Endorse the EUROLOC Summer School in Local Government and Politics as an external event.

Activities

Summer School 2019

We are happy to maintain the collaboration between the Standing Group on Local Government and Politics (ECPR) and the European Urban Research Association (EURA) to endorse this year’s Summer School, organized by the ZHAW School of Management and Law (SML) of the University of Zürich-Winterthur.

The 2019 edition – ‘Is Local Always Better? In Search of Adequate Territorial Structures for Governance, Decision-Making, and Service Delivery’ – will be held in Winterthur, Switzerland (from 6th to 12th July 2019).

It is one of the long-lasting series of summer courses for PhD-students interested in local government and politics issues. It gives an opportunity to develop a further understanding of comparative local government studies and to discuss PhD-related research with an experienced international faculty of different disciplines. The Summer School is also an excellent opportunity to build, deepen or widen networks with scholars working on similar topics in the field.

For further information on the year’s edition, please visit the website: https://www.zhaw.ch/en/sml/study/phd-programs/summer-school-2019/#c121733


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