Call for Papers

Perspectives of Local Governments in Central Eastern Europe Common Learning and Innovations

15th and 16th November 2018, Budapest, Hungary


The „Monitoring local government developments II.” project carries out applied research in the field of local government studies in order to support the emergence of an effective and service-oriented local government attitude in Hungary. To this end, it is indispensable to involve science, getting the latest trends and incorporating them into our everyday lives.

We invite submissions from researchers and PhD scholars, professors and policy analysts covering topics related to the following themes.

  1. Innovation in public administration and organizational learning in local governance
    The section will analyse organisational practices related to the renewal, development, and sharing of individual and collective knowledge The role of individual and collective knowledge that can be utilized both inside the organisation and also in the network of organisations in order to develop adaptation capability, with special focus on the cooperation between local governments. How the social composition, economic characteristics and cultural traditions of local governments influence the inclusivity of the local community, which is a generally overlooked factor of collective learning and renewal.
  2. Information management of local governments and adaptation to the technical, sociocultural and economic environment of the 21st century
    The section will discuss the information collecting and information processing activity of local governments, with special focus on supporting decision making through big data solutions, data utilization through smart city solutions, knowledge generation and management in the development of public services, as well as data disclosure (data sharing) requirements, options and obstacles, that is the challenges of regulation.
  3. Local governance and participation
    Performance and sustainability of local community have become key questions in the latter half of the 20th century. Integration and identity of local residents and neighbourhoods, cooperation within various social strata and between locals, civil organisations and decision-makers, constitution and history of the local society and local power structures set the framework for the operation of local communities and 1 The conference is held in the flagship project “Monitoring local government developments II” (ÖFFK II.) with the ID PADOP-2.3.4-CCHOP-15-2016-00002. have been identified as key factors behind the success of a town or village. The section will discuss issues and phenomena related to participation and local governance from the aforesaid points of view.
  4. Sustainable local government (local economic development, climate management, energy management) )
    4.1. Local economic development

    The section will focus on the changing perspective and orientation of local governments in relation to their role in economic development, as well as the analysis of the local resources-based approach in social and economic development.
    4.2. Climate management, energy management
    The section will analyse the toolkit of local governments, identify natural solutions in the municipality, and explore the opportunities for successful inclusion and motivation of stakeholders.


In order to apply for presentation in one of the sections at the conference, please fill in the online registration form, available at until 10th September 2018.

Applicants will be notified via e-mail about the acceptance of their papers by 25th September 2018.


– RNDr. Tomáš Kostelecký, CSc. Director – Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences „Czech local government – dilemma between political acountability and practcal functionality”

– Prof. Dr. Stanislaw Mazur Dean – Cracow University of Economics, Faculty of Public Economy and Administration: „Innovation as a driving force of change. The case of Local Government”

– Doc. Daniel Klimovský, PhD. – Comenius University in Bratislava, Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences, Institute of Public Policy: „Experience of the Slovak Local Governments with Challenges and Innovations: Overview of the Three-decade Period”

– Prof. Dr. Pálné Kovács Ilona – Corresponding member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences „State of the art and perspectives of territorial governance in Hungary”


The conference is held in English and Hungarian.


The conference is held at

Budapest Congress Center

H-1123 Budapest, Jagelló út 1-3.


You will find updated information on the website of the conference at


Ministry of Interior

Office for Coordination of Municipal Affairs

Address: 1094 Budapest, Balázs Béla utca 35.

Postal address: 1903, Budapest Pf.: 314