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The need to set up a Standing Group (SG) on Regional Studies and Local Policies stems from at least three considerations.

First, the will to create a place of discussion and of interdisciplinary dialogue among scholars at the Italian and the European level on topics such as center-periphery relations, decentralization and territorial rescaling, sub-national politics, regional and local governance and public policies, reorganization of local services, and administrative and democratic reforms.

Second, the recognition of the role that regional and local governments gained in the European Union and the consequent need to deepen the theoretical and political debate, as well as to promote empirical research, on federalism, local identities, local mobilization, political geography, and local policies in the context of multilevel governance.

Finally, issues related to climate change and ecological transition, population ageing, health emergencies, increasing economic and social inequalities, have highlighted the crucial role of regional and local governments in managing those challenges.

The SG on Regional Studies and Local Policies (SRPL) is, therefore, aimed to:

1) Promote the theoretical and empirical research and the dialogue among scholars, at the Italian level and in comparative perspective, on the following topics:

  • Institutions and forms of regionalism and federalism
  • Policies of devolution and territorial reorganization, including inter-municipal cooperation
  • Local and regional elections and parties, regionalist movements, peripheral nationalisms and ethno-regionalist parties
  • Local political class and sub-national public administration
  • Participation of local and regional governments in EU policies
  • Design and implementation of regional and urban policies, also in a multilevel perspective
  • Local innovation processes and actors
  • Reorganization of local public services
  • Participatory processes and democratic reforms
  • University and territory relations for innovation.

2) Build a community of scholars for the exchange of research findings especially at the SISP annual conference, the development of joint research projects, and the organization of joint events.

3) Promote the collaboration between the members of the SG and other organizations with similar research interests at the national and international level.