Political science, Public policy

In co-operation with the EUROLOC Network and co-funded by the European Consortium for Political Research and the Local Government and Public Service Reform Initiative of the Open Society Institute, Budapest

Course date

4 July - 15 July, 2005
Application deadline:
26 April, 2005
Course Director(s): 

Pawel Swianiewicz

Department of Local Development and Policy, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw, Poland
Course Faculty: 

Harald Baldersheim

University of Oslo, Norway

Robin Hambleton

Illinois University at Chicago, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, Chicago, United States of America

Hubert Heinelt

Institute of for Political Science, Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany

Vincent Hoffmann-Martinot

University of Bordeaux, Institute of Political Sciences, Pessac, France

Michal Illner

Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Institue of Sociology, Prague, Czech Republic

Annick Magnier

Univeristy of Florence, Political Science, Florence, Italy

Katalin Pallai

Independent Consultant, Budapest, Hungary

Nirmala Rao

University of London, Goldsmiths College, London, United Kingdom

Lawrence Rose

Institute of Political Science, University of Oslo, Norway
During last years there has been a lot of discussion on local leadership in several European countries. The most visible dimension of on-going changes is in institutional reforms initiated in several countries. Examples of such reforms include change of traditional collective leadership based on a consensus into a form of the "parliamentary model" (in several Scandinavian cities) and experiments with the direct election of mayors in countries like: Germany, Italy, Greece, Norway, England, Ireland or Belgium. Budapest seems to be an excellent place to discuss this topic, since the same trend is wide-spread in several countries of Central and Eastern Europe, including: Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine and recently also in Poland.
But our discussion is not going to stop on institutional changes. We will ask how the change in institutional position of the leader influences the style of leadership. This includes a changing relationship between the leader and other actors, so it modifies community power structure, role of parties in local governance and last but not least, leader-residents relationship, which may often result in a different mode of community involvement in local politics.
We want to stress that in discussing practical experience of various European countries we will include experiences of reforming Central and East European local governments, with a special focus on New Member States of the EU. It does not mean that we will disregard experiences of Western Europe and "old" EU members, but we want to have a more even geographical coverage of the whole Europe, than it used to be on most of the previous EUROLOC Summer Schools.
The course invites applications primarily from political science students, but it is also open for students of public administration, economics, sociology, and geography who are working on local government issues.
The agenda will include lectures in the morning and workshops during the afternoons. The workshops will be organized around discussion of topics presented during lectures and papers prepared by School participants. Each of the participants will prepare a paper, which will be sent in advance to organizers and will be available for downloading by other participants. Each of the participants will also act as a discussant of the paper prepared by another participant.

Additional course-specific information

Applications on a fee-paying basis are still invited  until April 26, 2005.
Elibility: This course expects applications from students of advanced standing (primarily PhD students) within the field of local government studies and related fields, such as political science, sociology, etc. The recommendation letter supporting the application should be sent by a professor from the applicant’s home institution.
Funding: All participants will be required to pay a course fee of 300 EUR for the two weeks. Free accommodation, meals and course materials will be provided by the organizers. Travel costs have to be covered by participants.
Financial aid is available for:
a) participants from developed countries: those in need of financial assistance for travel may apply for an ECPR mobility grant, if their institution is a member of ECPR.
b) participants from emerging democracies: those in need of financial assistance may apply for a SUN scholarship. For travel, they can also apply for an ECPR mobility grant, if their institution is a member of ECPR.