Who we are

DERNET, acronym from Political and Fiscal Decentralization Network, aims to organize conferences and international workshops, as well as other knowledge transfer activities (public reports, dissemination events and working groups)

In 2009, it organized the conference “International Conference on the Political and Economic Consequences of Decentralization”, which gave rise to a special issue in the journal “Environment and Planning: Government and Policy” (vol 29(2) 2011)

In 2011, another conference on municipality fragmentation gave rise to the book: “The Challenge of local government size”, edited by Edward Elgar in 2013.

DERNET organized the 13th PEARL Seminar, which was held in Santiago de Compostela (Spain) on September 29 and 30, 2016. PEARL is a network of researchers and research institutions that operate in the field of applied public economics and public finance. The main focus of this network is on the regional level of government, which of course includes studying the relationships with local, state, federal (or supra-national) institutions. The idea of PEARL is to gather various kinds of expertise both from different countries (implying different objectives, economic and institutional constraints) and from different fields of economic analysis (econometrics, public finance and public choice, local and regional economics, macroeconomics)

In October 2017, DERNET organized the 3rd International Conference titled “Decentralization after the Great recession: Fine-tuning or Paradigm Change?”. Three main topics were discussed on this occasion: 1) Consequences of the Great recession for the quality of governance; 2) How decentralization conditioned the economic and fiscal effects of the Great recession?; and lastly, 3) How the Great depression affected institutional design and the expected effects of those institutional changes? The aim was to question the existing (de-)centralization models following the 2008 economic crisis where the presented papers examined the effects it had on the relations between national and subnational governments and explained the different political, economic and fiscal performances between decentralized countries. A special issue of Regional Studies incluiding the papers will be published in 2019.


Board of Directors

Miriam Hortas
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Ignacio Lago
Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Santiago Lago-Peñas
Universidade de Vigo

Jorge Martínez-Vázquez
Georgia State University

Agnese Sacchi
Mercatorum University