Governance rescaling in comparative perspective: Lessons from Italy, reflections on England

This workshop co-organised by the PSA Local and Italian Politics Specialist Groups provides a forum for discussion on issues concerning governance rescaling processes in a context of austerity and their implications for the future of local government. The event will open with a keynote by Professor Silvia Bolgherini (University of Naples). Drawing on her current research, Professor Bolgherini will offer an assessment of the uneven path of governance rescaling in Italy, evaluating the key issues and opportunities at stake for local government and the lessons that can be drawn for other countries. This will be followed by a reply from Professor Colin Copus (DMU), who will act as discussant and develop a reflection on governance rescaling and local government reform trends in England. We will then open the floor for questions and discussion. In this way, the workshop will provide an opportunity to consider parallels and differences between the two countries and across Western liberal democracies more broadly, and assess the scale of the challenge.


The event is free of charge but places are limited. If you wish to attend, please register by sending an email to Arianna Giovannini ( by Friday 16 March.


Workshop programme:


1:30-1:50pm     Registration and refreshments

1:50-2:00pm   Welcome and Introduction: Dr. Arianna Giovannini, Co-convenor, Italian & Local Politics Specialist Groups

2:00-2:40pm   Keynote: Half-Way Rescaling? Idea(l)s and Reality in Italian Local Government, Professor Silvia Bolgherini, University of Naples Federico II, Italy

2:40-3:00pm  Discussant’s Reply and reflections on governance rescaling in the England: Will it all end in tiers? Professor Colin Copus, LGRU, De Montfort University

3:00-3:30pm  Q&As and Discussion

3:30-4:00pm  Networking reception