Summer School

Summer School on
‘Local government in motion – Local innovation in changing contexts’ | 2020

This year’s topic is: Local government in motion – Local innovation in changing contexts

The 2021 summer school is aimed at doctoral and advanced students in master’s programmes who want to answer the question of why innovation has been achieved in certain cities (and not in others).
Innovations are defined in the context of the summer school in a broad sense – namely as “new ideas that work”. Furthermore, innovations are seen as something that is perceived by locals (as well as by external observers) as novelties and improvements at the same time. The concept of innovation is therefore not limited to technical changes. However, special attention should be given to local policy innovations. Moreover, the notion of innovation is contextualised in that it is based on the understanding of local actors.

Participants should look at local innovations either from an academic disciplinary perspective (political science, sociology, geography, history, planning) or follow an interdisciplinary approach.

The summer school will be a mixture of key notes given by established scholars and presentations by the doctoral and advanced MA students about the design and (preliminary) results of their own research.

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Previous Summer School


  • ECPR/EURA PhD Summer School All over the world, local authorities are significant players in the provision of public services. In recent decades, decentralization has become an important reform strategy in many countries, usually with the support of international organizations. Traditional sources suggest that efficiency and quality gains in the provision of public services are achieved through decentralization, along with greater expectations for accountability and responsiveness. Some scholars have warned, however, that decentralization is not without its dangers. For example, local administrations may be understaffed, financially challenged, or feel pressure from local political elites, which can affect the quality of public service provision. There is also a risk of inequality between poorer and richer municipalities.

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For further information, download the ECPR EURA Summer School     2019 (pdf)


  • Acknowledgement to Central Eastern University in Budapest for hosting the joined ECPR/LOGOPOL/EURA Summer School
    The annual joined summer school took place between the 9th and 13th of July 2018 and was hosted by the Central Eastern University in the centre of Budapest. CEU provided the perfect ambience for stimulating lectures and discussions for 23 PhD candidates and the lecturers. Our special thanks goes to Prof. Pawel Swianiewicz (Warsaw) and Prof. Filipe Teles (Aveiro) and the staff of CEU who organised the Summer Schools in a very thorough way. EURA would also like to thank all the speakers and participants. The summer school has been a great joy and pleasure to all of us. We remain grateful for the hospitality of CEU.
  • 6th International DHC+ Summer School
    The DHC+ Summer School is a week full of intensive training with key re-known experts and academics in the field of District Energy. The teaching method of the DHC+ Summer School is based on the perfect combination of theory, practical exercises and site visits. This year’s programme will focus on the future of district energy, paying special attention to key innovative trends such as digitalization and the enhancement of partnerships between participants and industry stakeholders.
    The 2018 Training School on “Collaborative local government for an open society” is one of the long-lasting series of summer course for Ph.D. students interested in local government issues. It is co-organized by the European Urban Research Association and Standing Group for Local Government and Politics of ECPR, and gives an opportunity to develop the understanding of comparative order medication online local government studies in Europe and to discuss Ph.D. dissertation with experienced professors of different disciplines and coming from different countries.


EURA – LOGOPOL Summer School in Florence
EURA invites PhD candidates (EURA members) to submit papers and participate in the joined EURA – LOGOPOL Summer School that will take place in Florence in June 2017 (12 – 17). The local host is the University of Florence, Institute of Political Science (Prof. Annick Magnier, Prof. Andrea Lippi) with the kind support of the Municipality of Florence. The title is: Renaissance of Local Government.


EURA summer school final programme!
The Training Schools topic is “Contested Administrations – Challenged Politics: Addressing Wicked Problems at Local, National, and International Levels of
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Call for Host: EURA Summer School 2016
The 2015 EURA Summer School will take place in September on Greek island of Spetses. The course is intended to provide training for young researchers through the COST Action program. The Action program provides a platform for establishing new comparative knowledge and integrated research, while helping young researchers build networks and strenthen skills.
To continue this legacy, EURA is inviting buy cheap medications EURA and affiliated members to consider hosting the 2016 EURA Summer School. EURA members who are willing to host this event next year will receive financial and administrative support.