Annual Conference of the Italian Political Science Association 2018

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We are delighted to organize a panel entitled The Politics of Local Government at the Annual Conference of the Italian Political Science Association which will be held at the University of Turin on 6-8 September 2018.

We welcome papers (in either English or Italian) dealing with the political dimension of local government from multiple perspectives (political parties, social movements, public policy, multi-level governance, etc...). Professor Tiziana Caponio (University of Turin) will be the panel's discussant.

Please find the complete description below.

The call for papers is open. Please submit an abstract of maximum 2,500 characters via the following link:
The deadline for submission is 20 May 2018.

Do not hesitate to contact us for any inquiry: Raffaele Bazurli (Scuola Normale Superiore) -
Fred Paxton (European University Institute) -
Matteo Bassoli (eCampus Online University) -

Conference: Annual Conference of the Italian Political Science


Association (SISP, Società Italiana di Scienze Politiche), University of Turin (Italy), 6-8 September 2018

Section 10: Regional Studies and Local Policies

Panel title*: The Politics of Local Government

Chairs: Raffaele Bazurli (Scuola Normale Superiore), Fred Paxton (European University Institute), Matteo Bassoli (eCampus Online University)

Discussant: Tiziana Caponio (University of Turin)

Panel description:
The most profound consequences of the increasing interdependence of global markets and societies have landed in urban environments. A simultaneous process of institutional rescaling has also resulted in the devolution of greater power to sub-national political institutions in many European countries.

These dramatic global trends present urban society with new challenges, but are not ungovernable at this level. On the contrary, European cities have the capacity to complement (or contradict) national urban policy in a variety of fields, such as migration, housing, health and security, despite the restrictions of a context of austerity and shrinking resources. On this regards, scholars focused both on policy rescaling and on multi-level governance issue, not to mention the subsidiarity mantra.

In the period since the Great Recession, cities are at the centre of contentious developments as well. Movements on both the (radical) Left and the Right are increasingly mobilising based on local concerns. In some cases, radical parties across the political spectrum have even become incumbents of local institutions. Local political actors also discursively intervene in arenas that are beyond their administrative competences: a further facet of the interlinking of the local level with politics at large.

This panel welcomes papers to develop that address the political consequences of the contemporary economic and institutional changes to the urban environment, too often neglected by functionalist orientated local government literature. This section aims to explore issues from such perspectives as:

   - Political opportunity structures of local government
   - The relevance of ideological categories to local government
   - Impact of new and radical parties in local government
   - The consequences of urban movements for local policies
   - The connections between social movements and parties in cities
   - Tensions between local and national party organisations
   - Multi-level governance and conflicting issues.
   - Urban regimes and political implications.
   - The politics of local electoral systems

The list is only for illustrative purposes; papers related to other aspects of the politics of local government  either comparative or single case studies  are very welcome. Papers can be submitted in either English or Italian.

Procedure to submit an abstract (deadline: 20 May 2018):
1. you have to register to MySISP
2. once you logged in, click on CONVEGNO 2018: you?ll be redirected on your private area for the 2018 conference
3. click on submit a paper/abstract and fill in the form (select the right section and panel in order to submit your proposal).

Please note that no paper proposal will be accepted after the deadline.

Also, note that all conference participants can present up to 2 papers but not in the same panel.