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Call for Papers for the symposium "Simplification of local administration in Europe. Levels and dimensions."

La simplification de l'administration locale en Europe. Niveaux et dimensions

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Published on Friday, March 28, 2014


This symposium is the next 4th European, and 1st international, OLA (Observatory on Local Autonomy) conference, which will be held in Bologna, Italy, on Thursday 30th and Friday 31st October 2014. The topic of this conference is the impact of the economic crisis over the evolution of local administration and management in Europe. OLA is a network which main aim is to better understand the conceptual and institutional diversity of local power in Europe, but also the importance and reality of the points of convergence and divergence between the various political and administrative systems of member-States.



The economic crisis has had a significant impact on the administrative organisation of the different European Union (EU) member states. In particular, it has affected the process and the reasoning behind resource allocation at the regional and/or local level.

Moreover, the crisis has reinforced the responsibility of member states, which have became the direct intermediaries of the EU in its effort to meet economic stability and growth objectives. These evolutions have led to a state in which decisions related to public matters are being centralised at the national level.

Against this background, a general renewal of the institutional and territorial framework can be observed. Public authorities are experimenting new measures which combine different levels of governments or aggregate and foster cooperation between local governments. Policies are being put into place which aim to reduce the number of regional and local entities responsible for providing public services (such as in-house or semi-public companies).

Under the pressure of the Stability and Growth Pact, many European states are therefore reforming the territorial and administrative organisation of their various government levels (communes, provinces, regions, etc).

The Italian team from Bologna University and OLA (Observatory on Local Autonomy), in collaboration with CEMR (the Council of European Municipalities and Regions) is organising a two-day symposium on this topic on 30 and 31 October 2014.

The symposium will be held in Bologna, at SPISA (Public Administration Studies Specialisation School of Bologna University), http://www.spisa.unibo.it/SPISA/Scuola/dovesiamo/default.

The conference organisers will cover expenses related to the accommodation and meals of all selected speakers. Participants will be responsible for travel expenses.

Papers dealing with the following questions are particularly welcome:

  • What has been the impact of the economic crisis in your country?
  • More specifically, what impact has there been on regional and local organisation?
  • Are any reforms already being undertaken or about to be implemented?
  • Do these reforms modify the levels and/or dimension of territories as well as the respective levels of government?
  • What is the impact on citizens, businesses, and the administration?
  • Do they introduce new (or modify existing) forms of cooperation, fusion or aggregation of local governments?
  • What measures are being taken concerning entities which provide public services (particularly private or semi-public ones), as well as shared-service partnerships or cooperations between different public entities (public-public cooperation)?
  • Have other forms of cooperation emerged (e.g. with the service sector or volunteers)?

Submission guidelines

Proposals should be submitted no later than 15 April 2014 to Ms Line Salmon-Legagneur: line.salmon-legagneur@univ-lille2.fr.

Notification of acceptance will be sent by email by 19 May 2014.

The proposal must include a provisional title, an abstract and 5 keywords (see the template below). The abstract must be written in English or French, and is limited to 2000 characters (excluding spaces). Please indicate the name(s) of the author(s), as well as their research institution(s) and email address.

Steering Committee

  • Prof L.Vandelli
  • Prof C.Tubertini
  • Dr.M.diDonno
  • Dr.S.Guérard
  • Dr.M.Dreyfus
  • Dr.A.Poth-Mögele

For any further information, please contact: Mme Line Salmon-Legagneur, line.salmon-legagneur@univ-lille2.fr

OLA-CERAPS, Université Lille 2, 1, Place Déliot, BP 629, 59024 Lille - France
Tel.: +33 (0)3 20 90 76 34

Fax: +33 (0)3 20 90 77 00

Website: http://www.ola-europe.com/



  • Bologna, Italian Republic


  • Tuesday, April 15, 2014


  • collectivités territoriales, administration locale, services publics ,


  • Line Salmon-L
    courriel : line [dot] salmon-legagneur [at] uni-lille2 [dot] fr

Reference Urls

Information source

  • Stéphane Guérard
    courriel : line [dot] salmon-legagneur [at] univ-lille2 [dot] fr


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« Call for Papers for the symposium "Simplification of local administration in Europe. Levels and dimensions." », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Friday, March 28, 2014, https://doi.org/10.58079/ppn

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