Room: 
Room K, City Hall
Time Slot: 
Tuesday 27th March 15:30 - 17:00
Panel Chair: 
  • Dr Filipe Teles (University of Aveiro)
Panel Members: 
  • Dr Filipe Teles (University of Aveiro)
  • Emeritus Professor Colin Copus (De Montfort University)
  • Dr Sara Moreno Pires (University of Aveiro)
  • Dr Luis de Sousa (Universidade de Lisboa )
  • Dr Teresa Ruel (University of Aveiro)
  • Professor Koenraad De Ceuninck (Ghent University)

The complexity of contemporary policy implementation has shifted governing models from hierarchical and fragmented structures to more collaborative and flexible systems. Policy coordination between institutions, as well as the identification of the correct mix of instruments, has become official tenets of today's local governance discourse. These phenomena find echoes on the political agendas of many central and local governments.

The shift to multi-actor governance has inspired a movement away from bureaucratic and territorially based structures of government, towards networked fluid governance arrangements. The latter are focused on flexible arrangements, introducing new challenges related to very basic nature of political institutions: cooperation, sustainability and democracy.

Within this backdrop, this panel strives to shed light on the current debate on contemporary challenges to local governments.

We kindly invite colleagues to submit paper proposals that analyse the challenges formulated above, their consequences and possible answers to them. We welcome papers on particular countries which seek to offer insights and generalisations with the potential to form the basis for further comparative work.