International Conference on “Fiscal Federalism, fiscal consolidation and Municipal Finance”: Call for Papers & Abstracts

International Conference 

“Fiscal Federalism, fiscal consolidation and Municipal Finance: Comparative approaches and innovative tax instruments”


There is an ongoing discussion about Fiscal Federalism and Fiscal Decentralisation and their effects on Supra-national, National and Local authorities on one side and the citizen on the other. Municipal Finance is in the center of this discussion, as it is the main engine for the effective operation of regional authorities. In light of the current financial turmoil, the issue of fiscal consolidation becomes crucial; on the other hand, most local taxes are considered to be transparent and fair, while in parallel regional authorities need to find additional resources in order to ensure the provision of services of general interest, especially due to the decrease of public services offered as a result of financial constraints and limited resources.

According to policy decisions already in place in the Northern Europe, fiscal decentralisation is the key answer to all modern problems of financing of regional authorities, along with solutions, such as Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) and the active involvement of the private sector.

Other scholars are holding that relevant federalism and decentralisation decisions, at both EU and national level, are in jeopardy if they don’t remain in line with the subsidiarity principle.

Against this background, the University of Aegean (Greece) – School of Social Sciences and the Budapest Business School – Department of Public Policy are organising an international conference that will discuss the recent developments and various options for the development of Municipal Finance. The conference intends to bring together scholars and practitioners of multiple disciplines (taxation, public finance, economy, IT, statistics, etc.) from all over the world, who will share experiences, discuss best practices and provide proposals for the national legislator and potentially the EU institutions, in light of current national bailout schemes, which reduce the regional resources significantly.

The conference will be held from Wednesday 10 till Saturday 13 June 2015 in Chios at the Aegean University premises. Its aim is to gather academics, researchers and experts from multiple disciplines in a common forum for the exchange of ideas and best practices.

Ph.D. students are encouraged to submit papers with regard to their research, as a special panel will be organised to present the best selected papers.

Suitable papers may address questions, such as:

– Fiscal federalism in the EU arena, as well as federal states, such as the USA;

– Fiscal consolidation in the light of the current financial crisis;

– The design and function of local taxes in various EU Member States;

– The implications of a shock absorbing fiscal capacity;

– The optimal degree of fiscal decentralisation; do we need big or small regional authorities;

– Tax compliance issues and potential differences between national and local taxes and charges;

– Taxation and alternative means of financing regional authorities;

– Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) and their added value in times of financial crisis;

– The role of technology to best address the challenges arising from decentralisation; features and practices of open fiscal data at EU, national and local level.

Submissions will be subject to blind peer review, by an ad hoc Scientific Programme Committee, composed by (in alphabetical order):

  • Izabella Barati-Stec, Professor of Public Finance (Visiting professor at Central European University – School of Public Policy and Associate professor at Budapest Business School, Hungary)
  • Tonia Pediaditaki, lawyer (LLM, DEA), guest lecturer of EU Tax Law and EU Public Finance Law (Panteion University of Political and Social Sciences – Department of Public Administration, Greece);
  • Karolina Tetlak, Assistant Professor of Tax Law (University of Warsaw – School of Law, Poland);
  • Anastassios Tsamis, Professor of Taxation and Accounting (Panteion University of Political and Social Sciences – Department of Public Administration, Greece)
  • Ioannis Tsamourgelis, Adjunct Professor of Economics (University of the Aegean – Department of Shipping, Trade and Transport, Greece)

We plan to produce a conference volume that will be published by the Greek Publishing House Nomiki Vivliothiki (NB).

Only original non-published research papers will be included in the conference volume. Turnaround times for the special edition will be swift to target publication in May 2015.

Important dates and deadlines:

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15 December  2014.

Decisions will be made by 5 January 2015.

Deadline for submission of papers: 30 March 2015.

Please send your conference submissions (abstracts and papers as per the above-mentioned deadlines) as well a short CV to Ms. Tonia Pediaditaki (e-mail: in pdf or word format.


Format and style of abstracts:

Texts: to be presented in Times New Roman (TNR) of 11 pt; double space; left alignment.

Document title: to be presented in TNR of 11 pt, centered, bold and capital letters.

Author: The name of the author and co-authors in TNR of 11 pt., bold and centered, and should be placed below the title. The name of the presenting author must be underlined.

Sections: To be numbered in increasing order and their corresponding titles in TNR of 11 pt and bold. Within each section, the titles of thesubsections must be in TNR of 11 pt.

Length: Abstracts should not exceed 400 words.No figures, tables, footnotes, endnotes or other references should be included in the abstract.

Accepted papers should not exceed 7,000 words, including figures, tables, footnotes, endnotes and other references.

NB: Please also indicate whether you wish your paper to be included in the conference volume (cf. deadlines announced).