Date & Location: Budapest, Hungary, 15-18 May 2023 (4 working days)
Local host: ELTE, Faculty of Law
Venue: H-1053 Budapest, Egyetem tér 1–3
Achieving coordination between executive actors of territorial units is one of the major challenges of today’s politics. External effects and thus the interdependence of political actions beyond the borders of sovereign authority have increased dramatically, necessitating better coordination of decision-making and actions across territorial units as well as across levels of government in an increasingly complex environment. The effectiveness and legitimacy of democratic governance in modern States depend crucially on their coordination ability. There is still a serious lack of knowledge among scholars and practitioners on organising and processing intergovernmental coordination in those instances. Moreover, there is still no systematic connection between the various research communities dealing with the issues from their separate perspectives, such as federalism, European governance or local and regional governance scholars.
IGCOORD aims at connecting those different strands of research to provide systematic and comparable insights into the institutions, mechanisms and processes of intergovernmental coordination in the horizontal and vertical directions, across levels of government, policy sectors and territorial units. More specifically, it aims at 1) collecting comparative evidence, 2) distilling basic mechanisms and causal explanations from analytic comparison, 3) developing new collaborative research questions and 4) disseminating those insights and results to inform real-world policy-making.