Working Group III: Public Sector Reform

Globalization and issues related to global governance have shown that alongside unifying dynamics and reforms, the local dimension is playing a growing role in the management of main transnational issues such as: climate change and energy efficiency, migration and integration, economic and social cohesion, security and the rule of law enforcement, as well as democracy and human rights.

Territories and subnational governments are deploying informal and flexible, yet effective international actions, and delivering key public services. However, their potential and role in international issues is far from being fully embraced. Rather, it is poorly understood by the public sector, enterprises and civil society. The growing need for multi-level governance is demanding comprehensive reforms aiming to include territories in the globalization process and decision-making.

Moreover, subnational governments have different capacities and opportunities to participate and manage the globalization process, which generate territorial inequalities that challenge differently subnational governments and require new national policy approaches. Such challenges demand continuous change and adoption of different types of reforms aiming to emulate, build or rearrange existing power relations between different levels of governance (local, regional, State, international).

The call for papers of the Public Sector Reform Working Group aims to contribute to the main conference theme, welcoming contributions that focus on:

  • Public sector reforms from the perspective of multi-level governance,
  • New forms of international relations and local diplomacy, international integration of subnational governments,
  • Subnational governments’ role in shaping global economic and social integration (including migration),
  • Subnational governments’ role in climate change and energy efficiency, shaping global economic and social integration, tackling poverty and wider social inequalities, widening participation in democratic processes and so on.

We especially welcome strong conceptual and methodological contributions, along with best practices and case studies that discuss best practices. Academics and practitioners are invited to participate in conference discussions, paper presentations, and experience sharing.

Download the Call for papers



Prof. dr. Randhir Auluck

Coventry University, United Kingdom


Mr. Benoit Cathala

Centre National de la Fonction Publique Territoriale, France


Project director

Prof. dr. Alketa Peci

Fundación Getúlio Vargas, Brazil


15 February 2018: Abstract submission deadline
28 February 2018: Authors’ notification
1 June 2018: Final paper submission deadline
1 June 2018: Deadline for registration and payment

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