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Call for Papers Lisbon 2020

IPSA's 26th World Congress of Political Science in Lisbon (Portugal) July 24-28 2020 is coming closer.

The deadline for panel and papers is extended to October 24. 2019!!

Up till now we have 10 open panels, which cover most relevant topics. If you have not yet registered, use the chance to join one of these panels. In case we receive too many papers givers in a panel (max is 6) we will split the group and open another panel:

Preliminary list of open panels:

And closed panels:

  • Interplay of decentralization and recentralization under new circumstances  Chair: Ivan Kopric


RC5 Conference on: “Public administration in a democratic society. Thirty years of democratic transition in Europe” in Dubrovnik, October 3.-5. 2019

RC5 organized together with RC 32 the International Conference  “Public administration in a democratic society. Thirty years of democratic transition in Europe”, which took place in Dubrovnik on October 3.-5. 2019.

More than 50 colleagues presented papers at parallel sessions. Others took part at the Round table discussions. The conference was perfectly organized by Prof Ivan Kopric and his team. This important theme, which showed an evaluation of the transitional process, 30 years after the winds of Change in 1989, focused furthermore on research questions such as: What are the key public administration concepts that promote and preserve democratic values in public governance in transition countries?  How did different types of relations between public administration and politics determine transition outcomes?  How did people, political actors, and scientists assess and evaluate the results of public governance transition? What were the goals of the transition and did or can transition end?

In the Award Ceremony Professor Emeritus Hellmut Wollmann (Humboldt University) received a – RC5 Recognition of Merit – for his important role in RC5 and his numerous academic contributions.



RC05 Business Meeting in Brisbane 2018



IPSA World Congress (WC), Brisbane RC 05: List of panels (updated)

During the IPSA World Congress in Brisbane, the RC05 has organised the following panels:

IPSA 2018 Brisbane RC 5: List of panels, papers and authors

Panel: Local Elections



Panel: Local Government Structures



Panel: Local Participatory Democracy



Panel: Local Policies and Administration



Panel: Mass Migrations, Integration and Local Governments: Issues and Prospects



Panel: Metropoles



Panel: Political Culture and Alternation in the Subnational Democracies in Mexico: an Evaluation of Democratic Quality



Panel: Urban Poverty Alleviation



IPSA World Congress (WC), Brisbane (Australia), 21-25 July 2018

The submission process for the IPSA World Congress on Political Science has started. Here are the key informations and dates:

Submission of Proposals

All paper and panel proposals must be submitted online via the Congress website. No emails, PDFs or Word documents will be accepted as submissions.

Paper proposals may be submitted in up to three (3) sessions of interest.
Paper submissions for panels must be submitted using the specific link provided in the invitation from a panel convenor.

Submit a Paper

Panel proposals may be submitted in up to three (3) sessions of interest.

Please note that the Program Chairs have established new submission procedures for panels for this Congress and only complete panels (closed) may be submitted during the Call for Proposals.

Submit a Panel

View All Sessions Open to Submissions

Key Dates

10 OCT 2017

Deadline to submit paper and panel proposals

25 OCT 2017

Review period of proposals starts

10 DEC 2017

Deadline to review paper and panel proposals

19 JAN 2018

Paper and panel proposers are notified of final results

15 MAR 2018

Early-bird registration deadline

10 APR 2018

Registration deadline to appear in the printed program 
Deadline to edit paper title and abstract

09 MAY 2018

Final registration deadline for all panelists
Participants not registered are withdrawn from the Congress Program

01 JUL 2018

Deadline to upload full papers


Looking Beyond the Crises: Impact of Mass Migrations on the Local, Regional, National and EU Governance" to be held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, 11-14 May 2017

Panel 1: The nexus between the EU and the Member states in immigration and
integration policies
Panel 2: Local integration policies – tradition, experiences and
good practices
Panel 3: Impact of migration on public services
Panel 4: Coordination of integration policies
Panel 5: Administrative capacities for immigration and integration policies
Panel 6: Representative bureaucracy on local level
Panel 7: Management of cultural diversity on national and local level
Panel 8: The role of cities in integration policies


Ivan Kopric
University of Zagreb Croatia


Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences

Linking Theory and Empirical Research

Berlin, July 16 – 27, 2017

We are delighted to announce the 7th Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences. The summer school aims at supporting young researchers by strengthening their ability in linking theory and empirical research. The two-week program creates an excellent basis for the development of their current research designs.

In the first week, we address the key methodological challenges of concept-building, causation/explanation, and micro-macro linkage that occur in almost all research efforts. We strive for a clarification of the epistemological foundations underlying methodological paradigms. In the second week, these methodological considerations are applied to central empirical fields of research in political science, sociology, and other related disciplines. In this second part of the program, participants are assigned to four thematic groups according to their own research topics. The thematic areas covered are: “External Governance, Interregionalism, and Domestic Change”, “Citizenship, Migration, and Identities", “Social Struggle and Globalization”, and “Democracy at the Crossroads”.

The international summer school is open to 50 PhD candidates, advanced master students, and young postdocs. The call for applications is currently open. Applications can be submitted online via the application form on the summer school webpage until March 31, 2017.

The decisions of the selection committee will be announced to the applicants in April. For more information, please visit our webpage at www.berlinsummerschool.de.
If you have any further questions, please contact the organizing team at summerschool.bgss@hu-berlin.de



24th World Congress of Political Science July 23-28, 2016 | Istanbul, Turkey

Dear colleagues! Its now time to send proposals to present papers in the upcoming IPSA congress in 2016. The dead-line is the 7th of October, 2015.


Look at: https://istanbul2016.ipsa.org/events/istanbul2016/session/rc05-comparative-studies-local-government-and-politics


The international public policy conference, Milan July 2015

The next conference will take place in Milan from Wednesday, July 1 to Saturday, July 4, 2015

The local organizers are Alberto Brugnoli and Allessandro Colombo (Eupolis).

The Schedule of the conference • CALL FOR PANELS : 1st September 2014 - 15 October 2014 • CALL FOR PAPERS : 1st November 2014 - 15th January 2015 • OPEN REGISTRATION : 1st January 2015 • CONFERENCE : 1st July 2015 - 4th July 2015

For more information, go to: http://www.icpublicpolicy.org/


IPA 2015

Dear colleagues,

10th International Conference in Interpretive Policy Analysis will be organized by the CERAPS (Lille 2 University/CNRS/Science Po Lille) in Lille from July 8 to 10, 2015 at the Faculty of Law and Political and Social Sciences and at Sciences Po Lille.

We kindly invite scholars from all disciplines to submit a paper to our panel: LOCAL DEMOCRACY: CITIZENS INVOLVEMENT IN CONTESTED POLITICAL DECISION MAKING

Local governments in small communities all over Europe face challenges associated with demography. Birth deficits, and a selective net outward migration present local communities with a situation where the population is shrinking, ageing, and also losing in social capital. This situation is particularly apparent in rural areas, characterized by a remoteness from key markets.(?) Could any of the participatory methods used in spatial planning and development be used in wider discussions on the future of a shrinking society? How is the public given voice in times of cost reduction and resource alignment?

About the conference: http://ipa2015.sciencesconf.org/ To submit a paper: http://ipa2015.sciencesconf.org/resource/page/id/9 About the panel: http://ipa2015.sciencesconf.org/conference/ipa2015/pages/Local_democracy.pdf For questions regarding the panel; josefina.syssner@liu.se For general questions regarding IPA 2015; ipa2015@sciencesconf.org

Best regards, Josefina Syssner, Director Centre for municipality studies,

Linkoping university, Sweden



Invitation to the International Public Administration and Public Policy Scientific Conference

DECENTRALIZATION POLICIES: RESHUFFLING THE SCENE May 7-10, 2015 University of Zagreb Centre for Advanced Academic Studies (CAAS), Dubrovnik, Croatia http://www.caas.unizg.hr

Organisation of the Conference • Institute for Public Administration, Croatia In collaboration with and support from • RC 05 Comparative Studies on Local Government and Politics of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) • RC 32 Public Policy & Administration of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) • Croatian Political Science Association, Croatia • Faculty of Law, Study Centre for Public Administration and Public Finance, University of Zagreb, Croatia • Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia Conference theme Decentralization Policies: Reshuffling the Scene General aim and topic of the Conference Decentralization policies have been on the agenda in a number of countries for a long time. They include widening local autonomy as well as the scope of local affairs and responsibilities, territorial rescaling, strive for local democracy and accountability, building local capacities and professionalism, new local financial arrangements, building partnerships with regional and central institutions, and the like. Decentralisation is deeply connected with the change of power structure in national contexts. The results can be of win-win, win-lose, but also of lose-lose type. Generally, the beginning of economic crisis in 2008 made decentralisation policies precarious. The power game between political actors has become more dynamic, in some cases even brutal. The conference would like to explore decentralization policies that have been recently undertaken, their realms, components, triggers, short- and long-term effects, and prerequisites of successful decentralisation. Specific themes that will be covered during the conference: • Decentralization policies and processes – values, components, challenges, expectations, effects • Territorial restructuring and reform of functions of local and regional authorities in multi-level governance settings • Decentralisation as democratisation – legitimacy and efficiency • Evaluation of current decentralisation reforms Date and Conference format The conference will last from Thursday, May 7 to Sunday, May 10, 2015 and will be held in the CAAS premises in Dubrovnik It will be organized in the form of plenary sessions and several topical panel sessions Tentative schedule of the Conference is the following: • Thursday – afternoon session – opening of the Conference and the PhD panels • Friday – morning and afternoon sessions • Saturday – morning and afternoon sessions • Sunday – morning session and closing of the Conference Detailed schedule will be sent later. Publication opportunities Selection of presented papers will be submitted for publication in the international scientific journal Croatian and Comparative Public Administration, which is published by the Institute for Public Administration. Important dates - 31 January 2015 – Submission of abstracts to the Organizing Committee - 15 February 2015 – Notification of abstract acceptance - 1 March 2015 – Circulation of Draft Conference Programme - 31 March 2015 – Submission of draft papers - 7-10 May 2015 – Conference in Dubrovnik Venue and accommodation The Conference will be organized at the Centre for Advanced Academic Studies (CAAS) in Dubrovnik, Croatia (address: Don Frana Bulića 4, 20000 Dubrovnik, Croatia). CAAS is located in the very heart of Dubrovnik, less then five-minute walk from the Old City. Accommodation for participants is reserved at CAAS residence for the period 7-10 of May 2015 and organizers will cover accommodation costs for the invited paper givers and participants. Web site of CAAS: http://www.caas.unizg.hr/accomodation.html All participants are kindly asked to take necessary steps for their travel arrangements soon after their participation is confirmed by the Organizing Committee. The Dubrovnik Airport has good connections (direct or indirect) with all main European airports. Organising committee - Professor Ivan Koprić, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, ivan.kopric@pravo.hr - Professor Zdravko Petak, Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb, petakzdravko@gmail.com - Professor Fred Lazin (IPSA RC 5, chair), Ben Gurion University, Israel lazin@bgu.ac.il - Professor Robert Hoppe (IPSA RC 32, chair), University of Twente, Netherlands, r.hoppe@utwente.nl - Assistant Professor Vedran Đulabić, assistant professor, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, vedran.dulabic@pravo.hr

Additional information For any additional information please contact: Assistant Professor Vedran Đulabić – vedran.dulabic@pravo.hr Dr Jasmina Džinić – jdzinic@pravo.hr




Joint PhD-Training School organized by The University of Oslo, the Norwegian Centre in Paris and the COST Action

September 30 to October 02, 2013


Local governments all over Europe are in a period of intense reform activity, not least of all because in some countries they have been the level of government most seriously affected by the still expanding global financial and economic crisis. They are simultaneously faced by a variety of – partly contradictory – reform pressures, often aimed at conflicting reform objectives (e.g. efficiency vs.participation). Against this background, the PhD-Training School is meant to discuss reforms, experiments and changes in local democracy and local public sector institutions. The course is intended to provide training in theories and methods to be applied in the study of local public sector reforms and democracy, especially in comparative perspectives. The training school will focus on democratic reforms and new instruments of citizen participation (e.g. referenda, direct election of mayors). In addition, it concentrates on New Public Management (NPM) reforms that were targeted towards marketization, privatization and ‘corporatization’ as well as the more recent ‘Post-NPM’ reforms, which were often aimed at correcting the shortcomings of earlier NPM measures. Finally it will include the more nationally driven territorial and functional reforms (municipal amalgamations, decentralization) that have been fuelled, in part, by recent austerity measures and the hopes of national policy makers that such reforms will facilitate economies of scale.


Venue: The Norwegian Centre in Paris:
Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme,
190, Avenue de France, 75013 Paris
tél. +33 (0)149542216, http://www.paris.uio.no/fr-web/.


  • For more information about the Training School (content/schedule): Professor Harald Baldersheim, the Democracy Programme at UiO: harald.baldersheim@stv.uio.no,
  • For more information about the COST Action `LocRef´: Professor Sabine Kuhlmann, University of Potsdam sabine.kuhlmann@uni-potsdam.de or at http://www.cost.eu/domains_actions/isch/Actions/IS1207?


Please submit an abstract that provides a brief outline of your current work (PhD topic/project outline, 300 words max., in English) accompanied by a short CV, electronically by July 31, 2013. To apply for the PhD-grant of the COST Action LocRef, please send your abstract and CV to Sabine Kuhlmann ( sabine.kuhlmann@uni-potsdam.de ) and Christian Schwab ( schwab@foev-speyer.de ) and refer to ‘Phd-Training School Grant’ in the subject line.

Acceptance of participants and grant holders will be notified in August.


Next two conferences

Our next two conferences will take place in the spring and summer of 2013 in the cities of Grenoble (France) and Dubrovnik (Croatia). The first one will be the 1st international conference on Public Policy (June 26-28, 2013) and the second will be about the Europeanization of public administration and policy: sharing values, norms and practices (April 4-7, 2013). Those interested in submitting paper proposals should take into account that the process needs to be done directly through the organizers of each conference (see information in the conference section of this website).