Eliška Drápalová: Varieties of Performance of Local Governments across New and Old Democracies: Germany, Spain, Czech Republic and Romania

23. 2. 2017
v 16:00 hodin zasedací místnost 207, Jilská 1, Praha 1

Sociologický ústav AV ČR, v.v.i., a katedra sociologie Institutu sociologických studií FSV UK si Vás dovolují pozvat na jarní cyklu Čtvrtečních sociologických seminářů.

Although political scientists and practitioners have recognized the importance of the quality of state institutions for the provision of economic growth and prosperity, there has been a serious lack of understanding of how this can be achieved. A serious gap in this developing field is the lack of reflection on sub-national government performance, even though subnational governments are crucial for the implementation of reforms and policies. Despite large institutional and legal harmonization, many cities outperform their regions and countries in the quality of their institutions and economic growth while others are lagging behind. Striking are the vast differences in terms of annual growth rates, public goods delivery, the quality of government (corruption). Such extensive variation amongst European cities, in new and old democracies, points to insufficiencies of current literature and models to explain this subnational divergence. In this talk, I provide a brief outline of the empirical puzzle, the theoretical background, and the research question. Concretely I am interested in what are the causes of the variation in government performance across different cities in old and new democracies. And to what extent play national administrative structures, economic models, decentralization a role in this variance? I will provide some preliminary explanation and use examples from Spanish and Czech cities to answer these questions.


Eliška Drápalová is a Postdoctoral fellow at Hertie School of Governance and Fritz-Thyssen fellow (2016-2018). She is the PI of the project titled: Varieties of Performance of Local Governments in New and Old Democracies financed by the Fritz-Thyssen foundation. She holds her Ph.D. in political science from the European University Institute (EUI) and her Degree (cum laude) in Sociology and Political science from the University of Murcia, in Spain and Masaryk University. Her research interests include political economy, local government, corruption, comparative politics and experimental research on corruption. 


Pořádá Sociologický ústav AV ČR, v.v.i., a katedra sociologie Institutu sociologických studií FSV UK. Semináře začínají v 16 hodin.