Local Government and Politics

Standing Group

Established 1994

Number of members: 201

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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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/EUROLOC/EURA/COST Summer School 2016

The Standing Group on Local Government and Politics is co-organizing a Summer School in 2016 on 'CONTESTED ADMINISTRATIONS – CHALLENGED POLITICS: ADRESSING WICKED PROBLEMS AT LOCAL, NATIONAL, AND INTERNATIONAL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT. INNOVATION IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT'. The school is a collaboration between the ECPR Standing Group, the EUROLOC network, the EURA Summer School and the COST Action IS1207 'Local Public Sector Reforms: An International Comparison (LocRef)' together with WIPCAD at Potsdam University. The Summer School will take place in Potsdam September 12 -15, 2016. Local organizer is Professor Sabine Kuhlmann. Like in the last year, the COST Action ‘LocRef’ offers a grant to 24 participants to (co-)finance their expenditures. The grant will be a lump sum of 500.- € for participants from outside Germany. For participants from Germany, no grant can be allocated. Application deadline is June 30, 2016. Click here for further information.

Constitution

Constitution for the SG on local government and politics

Constitution approved by the business meeting 2015.

 

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 three Standing Group members elected for a period of two years. Their membership is renewable. One of the members is elected as Convenor and another as Treasurer. 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.

"...the good of man must be the objective of the science of politics" - Aristotle


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