Hungary, Budapest

ECPR/EURA Summer School 2018: Collaborative Local Government for an Open Society

when 9 July 2018 - 14 July 2018
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 ECTS
fee EUR 300

The 2018 Training School on “Collaborative local government for an open society” is one of the long-lasting series of summer courses for Ph.D. students interested in local government issues. It is co-organized by the European Urban Research Association and Standing Group for Local Government and Politics of ECPR, and gives an opportunity to develop the understanding of comparative local government studies in Europe and to discuss Ph.D. dissertation with experienced professors of different disciplines and coming from different countries.

Course leader

Pawel Swianiewicz, Department of Local Development and Policy, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw, Poland
Filipe Teles, Department of Social, Political and Territorial Sciences at the University of Aveiro, Portugal

Target group

Ph.d. students working on local government issues are the main target group of the course. This implies, at least, basic knowledge of local government related topics and advancement in research methodologies.
However, we are open to accept also participants recruiting from interested practitioners (such as city mayors) and young PhDs (less than 5 years) from disciplines such as administrative science, law, economics, public management, sociology, political science, planning, urban geography or history interested in the overall topic.

Course aim

The shift from government to governance together with the contextual changes (including globalization and European integration) has pushed local governments to operate in a complex environment of networks of cooperation with other public, business and societal actors. At the same time, frequent disappointment with traditional mechanisms of representative democracy mechanisms has led to phenomena such as decreasing trust in (local) public authorities, lowering turn-out in elections or vanishing membership in national political parties. This has also given incentives to experiments and innovations related to new forms of community involvement and citizens’ participation in local governance.

Additionally, there is a new agenda dealing with urban issues such as megacities, smart cities, urban poverty, environmental risks and climate change, global sub-urbanism, social innovation and economic recovery. The UN Habitat III conference in Quito, where the New Urban Agenda of the UN for the next decades has been agreed upon, for sure was the event with highest international recognition in this regard.

In this context, local self-government is largely understood as a set of rules and regulations that secure and enable the capacity of a local community to govern its problems in a way that is accepted as legitimate. There is widespread consensus that this goes beyond the formal regulations of government but includes the involvement of communities.

The concept of “open society” might be helpful in understanding current challenges and formulating recommendations for new policies. Against this background we invite applications from PhD candidates working on topics such as inclusive leadership, migration, decentralization, collaborative governance, participatory governance and local democracy and conflict resolution. However, PhD topics such as national or European urban policies are welcome as well.

Fee info

EUR 300: payable until May 28, 2018
EUR 270: paybale until April 30, 2018


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