Working Group IV – Sub-National Governance and Development

Over the last few decades, the geography of global governance has been highly influenced by several multifaceted political, economic and cultural forces. Strong local governments and inclusive local governance are increasingly seen as essential building blocks in public management functions in a globalized world. Subnational governments have a key role to play in integrating the social, economic and environmental dimension, prioritizing social inclusion, women’s empowerment, ensuring peace and stability, and responding to the socio-economic needs of their communities.

Working Group IV invites papers having a clear conceptual and theoretical basis on the following sub-themes:

Decentralization: A key policy for good governance

Strong subnational governments are essential for the implementation of the sustainable development goals, as well as for ensuring good governance. The adoption of the principles of subsidiarity, within a comprehensive legal framework for decentralization, to build a structural arrangement that allows for the shared exercise of power and facilitates involvement of the local communities in policy decisions on their development, is important.

Strengthening Local Government & Participatory Governance

Effective governance requires strong subnational levels of government able to provide public services effectively and efficiently, protect the rights of minorities and the most vulnerable, generate economic opportunities, respond effectively to the challenges posed by climate change, combat poverty and inequality, and achieve local economic development, while incorporating all stakeholders including the vulnerable, marginalized and disenfranchised groups into the development planning process.

Building Trust in Local Government

An essential component of good governance requires building trust in government among groups who had been dissatisfied with, or excluded from, participation in political and administrative processes. To build trust in government, participation should be done in a way that reflects the values and interests of all stakeholders.

Local Economic Development (LED)

is a challenge for many local and regional governments globally, where legal frameworks are weak and/or where institutional capacity is insufficient. Consequently, informality prevails and the difficulties for local and regional governments to implement LED policies and strategies is a challenge.

The papers should elucidate the scope in the introduction and summarize the main conclusions in the last section. The footnotes and references/bibliography should come at the end of the text, and the tables could come as annex. The papers can be based upon empirical research, and/or case studies. For single site case studies, every effort should be made to identify the relevance of the findings to other situations thereby introducing a comparative dimension.

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Dr. Cristina Rodriguez-Acosta

Florida International University, United States


Dr. Amitava Basu

Center for Environmental Management & Participatory Development, New Delhi, India

Project director

Prof. dr. PS Reddy

University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa


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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