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DECENTRALIZATION POLICIES: RESHUFFLING THE SCENE

7-9 May 2015
Dubrovnik, Croatia


CONFERENCE PROGRAM

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Registration of participants 13,45 - 14,30

Ph.D. Workshop - 14,30 - 17,30


Panel 1: 14.30-16.00 (Room 4 /1st flour)

Chair: Dr Jasmina Džinić, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Discussant: Professor Colin Copus, Department of Politics and Public Policy, De Montfort University, Leicester

Papers:

1 Orsolya Oppe, Institute for Regional Studies CERS HAS, Pécs, Hungary – “Autonomy movements in Europe”
2 Jelizaveta Krenjova, Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia & Kristina Reinsalu, Institute of Media and Communication, University of Tartu, Estonia – “Participatory Budgeting at the Local Level: the Case Study od Tartu, Estonia”
3 Ieva Vezbergaite, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Sabancı University, Turkey – “Decentralization Policies, Subnational Autonomy and the Federal Executive Power: a Comparison of Brazil and Mexico”


Panel 2: 16.00-17.30 (Room 4/1st flour)

Chair: Dr Mihovil Škarica, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Discussant: Professor Fred Lazin (IPSA RC 5, chair), Ben Gurion University, Israel

Papers:
1 Péter Kacziba, Institute for Regional Studies CERS HAS, Pécs, Hungary –
“Recentralization or decentralization? Territorial reforms in Greece and role of economic crisis”
2 Iva Lopižić, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, Croatia –
“Impact of local government capacities on territorial state administration”
3 Petra Đurman, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, Croatia – “Citizen Participation and Public Administration: Case of Local Government in Croatia”
4 Aleksandar Antić, Faculty of Law University of Kragujevac, Serbia -
“The connection between the departments of the state administration and the local unites departments of the self-government in the Republic of Serbia in doing its tasks due to original authorities”


Friday, 8 May 2015


08,45 - 09,00: Opening Session: Mr. Arsen Bauk, Minister of Public Administration


09,00 - 10,30: Panel 1 (Conference Hall) - Decentralisation policies and processes

Chair:
Professor Dr Ivan Koprić, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Discussant: Professor Dr Illona Palne Kovacs, Institute for Regional Studies CERS HAS, Pécs, Hungary


Papers:
1 Professor Dr Jefferey Sellers, University of Southern California, USA - “Decentralized governance and civic organization”
2 Dr Roberto Moreno Espinosa, International Academy Politico-Administrative Sciences and Future Studies -
“Municipal reform in Mexico, a master strategy development and genuine democratic decentralization"
3 Dr Zoltán Grünhut and Dr Ákos Bodor, Institute for Regional Studies CERS HAS, Pécs, Hungary –
“Value systems in the Hungarian sub-national governance reforms”

Refreshment break: 10.30-10.45


10,45 - 12,15: Panel 2 (Room 4/1st flour) - Decentralisation as democratisation

Chair: Dr Dario Čepo, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb
Discussant: Professor Dr Ivan Koprić, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Papers:
1 Professor Dr Colin Copus, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK - “Emphasising the Government in Local Government: Reframing Values and Purpose”
2 Professor Dr Robert Cameron, University of Cape Town, South Africa -
“Decentralisation and Local Democracy in South Africa”
3 Dr Jasmina Džinić, PhD, Department for Administrative Science, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb -
“Coproduction as a new approach to quality improvement in local self-government”


12,15 - 13,45: Panel 3 (Room 4/1st flour) - Decentralisation and quality of public services

Chair: Professor Dr Gordana Marčetić, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Discussant: Professor Dr Primož Pevcin, Faculty of Administration, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Papers:
1 Professor Dr Mauricio Covarrubias, National Autonomous University of Mexico - “Decentralization of the provision of educational services in Mexico”
2 Professor Dr Aleksandra Maksimovska and Professor Dr Aleksandar Stojkov, Law Faculty Iustinianus Primus, University Ss. Ciryl and Metodij, Skopje, Macedonia -
“Local Government Responsiveness in Macedonia: Social Audit in Action”
3 Dr Romea Manojlović, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb -
“Local units’ size as determinant for performance and quality measurement in Croatia”

Lunch break: 13.45-14.30 (premises of CAAS)


14,30 - 16,00: Panel 4 (Room 4/1st flour) - Territorial restructuring policies

Chair: Professor Dr Carlo Panara, Liverpool John Moores University, UK
Discussant: Professor Dr Jefferey Sellers, University of Southern California, USA

Papers:
1 Dr Daniel Bochsler, NCCR Democracy, University of Zurich, Switzerland - “Diversity, Territorial Autonomy and Radicalisation”
2 Dr Mihovil Škarica, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, Croatia -
“Territorial Restructuring of Local Government Through Integrated Inter-Municipal Cooperation: Trends, Potentials and Problems”
3 Dr Vedran Đulabić, and Dr Dario Čepo, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb –
“Regionalism and subregional representation: a guide for potential territorial reorganisation of Croatia”


16,00 - 17,30: Panel 5 (Room 4/1st flour) - Local capacities and decentralisation

Chair: Dr Anka Kekez Koštro, Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Discussant: Professor Dr Robert Cameron, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Papers:
1 Professor Dr Gordana Marčetić, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, Croatia – “Personnel capacities in local self-government: Croatia and countries in the region”
2 Dr Simona Kukovič, Faculty of Social Sciences, Ljubljana, Slovenia –
“Local political leadership in comparative perspective”
3 Professor Dr Mirko Klarić, Faculty of Law, University of Split, Croatia – “Capacity of sub-municipal government for decentralisation”


Saturday, 9 May 2015


09.00 - 10.30: Panel 6 (Room 4/1st flour) - Regionalism in South-East Europe

Chair: Dr Koenraad De Ceuninck, Centre for Local Politics, Department of Political Sciences, Ghent University, Belgium

Discussant: Professor Dr Damjan Lajh, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana

Papers:
1 Dr Vedran Đulabić, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, Croatia – “Trends of regionalism and regionalisation in Europe”
2 Professor Dr Illona Palne Kovacs, Institute for Regional Studies CERS HAS, Pécs, Hungary – “Lessons from territorial reforms in Hungary”
3 Muhamed Mujakić – “Local and Regional government in Bosnia and Herzegovina: current state and chalenges”

Refreshment break: 10.30-10.45


10,45 - 12,15: Panel 7 (room 4/1st flour) - Local and regional development

Chair: Dr Vedran Đulabić, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Discussant: Professor Dr Pekka Kettunen, Abo Akademi University, Finland

Papers:
1 Professor Dr Damjan Lajh, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia – “European Union’s Opportunity Structures for Harmonious Regional Development: Experiences from Slovenia”
2 Professor Dr Zdravko Petak, Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia –
“Local governments and formulation of rural development policy in Croatia”
3 Dr Anka Kekez Koštro, Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia, Enes Ćerimagić, Tomislav Domes, Tomislav Tomašević, NGO Green Action, Zagreb, Croatia –
“Reforming management of water services in Croatia: choosing between more centralization, some privatization or better municipalisation”


12,15 -13.45: Panel 8 - Urban areas and decentralisation

Chair: Professor Dr Fred Lazin, Ben Gurion University, Israel

Discussant: Professor Dr Jill L. Tao, Global College of Law, Commerce and Public Affairs, Incheon National University, South Korea

Papers:
1 Professor Dr Michele Breuillard, University of Lille, France – “Is rationalization of local government impossible in France? The case of urban areas"
2 Professor Dr Bogoljub Milosavljević and Dr Jelena Jerinić, Union University School of Law, Serbia –
“Status of Serbian towns in the light of recent steps towards a national decentralisation strategy”
3 Dr Dejan Vučetić, Faculty of Law, University of Niš, Serbia –
“Decentralization of the City Administration and Competences of Decentralized City Units”


Lunch break: 13.45-14.30


14,30 -16.00: Panel 9 - Decentralisation in times of austerity

Chair: Dr Zoltán Grünhut, The Institute of Regional Studies CERS HAS, Pécs, Hungary

Discussant: Professor Dr Zdravko Petak, Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Papers:
1 Dr László Kákai, Faculty of Humanities, University of Pécs, Hungary – “Fiscal decentralisation or centralisation in Hungary local government”
2 Dr Katarzyna Szmigiel-Rawska, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw, Poland –
“Local Governments’ Interdependencies in Poland: Conclusions on the Basis of the Financial Links Analysis”
3 Professor Dr Primož Pevcin, Faculty of Administration, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia –
“Austerity and local public services: evidence on double-loop learning feedback mechanism in subnational governments”



14,30 -16.00: Panel 10 - Central-local relations

Chair: Dr Katarzyna Szmigiel-Rawska, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw, Poland

Discussant: Professor Dr Michele Breuillard, University of Lille, France

Papers:
1 Koenraad De Ceuninck and Herwig Reynaert, Centre for Local Politics, Ghent University, Belgium - “Central-local relations in Flanders. Structural reforms, scale and decentralization"
2 Professor Dr Pekka Kettunen, Abo Akademi University, Finland –
“Centralization vs. decentralization: The case of public health-care”
3 Dr Friederike Bundschuh-Rieseneder, Institut für Öffentliches Recht, Staats- und Verwaltungslehre, Universität Innsbruck, Austria –
“Contrary tendencies of decentralization and centralization in Austria”


19,00 Conference Dinner – Restaurant Orhan (http://www.restaurant-orhan.com)

Sunday, 10 May 2015


09.00 – 10.30: Panel 11 (Conference Hall) – Summary and closing session

Chair: Dr Vedran Đulabić, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Discussant: Professor Dr Fred Lazin, Ben Gurion University, Israel

Papers:
1 Professor Dr Carlo Panara, Liverpool John Moores University, UK – “Decentralisation and Multi-Level Governance in West Europe: An Overview”
2 Professor Dr Jill L. Tao, Global College of Law, Commerce and Public Affairs, Incheon National University, South Korea –
“Decentralizing Unitary Governments without a Map, or Learning How to Salsa When We Only Know the Polka”
3 Professor Dr Ivan Koprić, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, Croatia –
“Local democracy in SEE countries: problems and prospects”

Refreshment break: 10.30-10.45


10.45-11.00 – Closing ceremony (Conference Hall)


Professor Dr Ivan Koprić, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Professor Dr Fred Lazin, Ben Gurion University, Israel
Professor Dr Damir Boras, Rector of the University of Zagreb, Croatia