Local Government and Politics

Standing Group

Established 1994

Number of members: 266

Convenor

  • Angelika Vetter (Universität Stuttgart)
  • Paweł Swianiewicz (University of Warsaw)

Steering Committee

  • Filipe Teles (Universidade de Aveiro)
  • Kristof Steyvers (Ghent University)
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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 organises Sections and Panels at ECPR General Conferences, provides information about upcoming conferences and other events, and reports on new publications. The Standing Group also organises an annual Summer School for doctoral students on local government and politics.

Aims & Objectives

The objectives of the LOGOPOL network are to:

  • Contribute to the development of the comparative study of local politics and administration;
  • Establish an international network of researchers in the field of local government and politics;
  • Develop links between teachers and PhD students who work with the same kind of research questions;
  • Develop specialised courses for PhD students who follow PhD programmes in the field of local government studies or whose research and thesis fall within that field;
  • Organise the EUROLOC Summer School.

Activities

ECPR/EURA Summer School 2018

We’re happy to be able to maintain the collaboration between ECPR (LOGOPOL), EURA, and the LocRef COST research community, and present this year’s Summer School, organized with the Central European University. The 2018 edition - “Collaborative local government for an open society” – will be held in Budapest (from 9th to 14th July 2018), and is one of the long-lasting series of summer courses for Ph.D. students interested in local government issues. It gives an opportunity to develop the understanding of comparative local government studies in Europe and to discuss Ph.D. dissertations/research projects with an experienced international faculty of different disciplines.

For further academic information on the course, eligibility criteria and funding options please visit the web site at: http://summeruniversity.ceu.edu/collaborative-2018.

Applications are due until March 20th, 2018. We kindly invite you to circulate this information to potential candidates.

Constitution

Constitution for the SG on local government and politics 2016

Constitution approved by the business meeting 2016 at the ECPR GC in Prague.

 

General

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

  • Contribute to the development of the comparative study of local politics and administration;
  • Establish develop and maintain an international network of researchers in the field of local government and politics;
  • Develop links between teachers/researchers and PhD students who work with the same kind of research questions;
  • Develop specialized courses for PhD students who follow PhD programmes in the field of local government studies or whose research and thesis fall within that field;
  • Organise the EUROLOC Summer School.

Membership

2. Scholars affiliated to an ECPR member-institution automatically become members of the Standing Group if they register as such through MyECPR. Others may apply for membership and will be admitted by the Standing Group Steering Committee if they show an active interest in scholarly study in the Standing Group’s field. Such membership becomes effective as soon as the Steering Committee informs ECPR Central Services of its decision.

Governance

3. The Standing Group is governed by a Steering Committee consisting of four Standing Group members elected for a period of two years. Their membership is renewable. One of the members is elected as Convenor. The other three are elected as Treasurer, Responsible for events and Responsible for the Summer School respectively. Two of the members must be affiliated to an ECPR member institution.

4. The Standing Group has no separate membership fee.

5. A business meeting is held during the ECPR conference each year. All members have the right to attend and vote. The meeting is organized by the Steering Committee. The members are informed about the time and place for the meeting and about major issues to be discussed one month in advance of the meeting.

6. Elections of the Steering Committee take place every second business meeting (i.e. bi-annually), beginning with the meeting in 2014. Candidates to the Steering Committee can be nominated before the business meeting.

7. The newly elected Convenor immediately notifies ECPR Central Services of the names and functions of the new Steering Committee.

8. The first Constitution is ratified by the business meeting in 2014. This Constitution can be amended through a decision by a simple majority at the annual business meeting.

"To govern is to choose" - Duc de Lévis


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