International Political Science Association /  IPSA

The Research Committee Comparative studies on local government and politics is one of the most established committees of the IPSA. Founded in 1972, it has been successively  chaired by Jerzy J. Wiatr (University of Warsaw 1972-1979), Francesco Kjellberg (University of Oslo, 1979-1985), Hellmut Wollmann (Humboldt University, Berlin 1985-1994), Harald Baldersheim (University of Oslo 1994-2003), Vincent Hoffmann-Martinot (2003–2009), Fred Lazin (University of Ben Gurion, Israel 2009- )


Its main objectives are :


· - To develop research in political science, especially work based on international co-operation;

· - To organize and maintain personal contacts among political scientists with common interests from around the world;

· - To disseminate information and publish scholarly research;

To provide a framework between individuals and organizations concerned with teaching and research in political and other social sciences.


Its new executive board elected in 2009 at the World Congress organized in Santiago, Chili, aims to favor exchanges between the different continents and to support initiatives from political science communities which are still not as dense and structured as in Europe or in North America.


In close cooperation with individual political scientists and local government research groups of national associations, the Research Committee supports international comparative meetings and research projects. Among its main objectives for the period 2004-2006, it helps developing the International Metropolitan Observatory as well as projects analyzing transitional processes to local democracy and decentralized systems.

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