Formal and Informal Structures in Intergovernmental Relations

Dr. Soeren Keil
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Intergovernmental Relations have become ever-more important in federal and decentralised systems. The way in which civil servants, politicians and other actors at different levels interact, coordinate and cooperate has become the focus of many academic studies. This has been in light of the recognition that intergovernmental relations matter and make a real difference to policy decisions and implementation in states with multiple layers of government.
In light of the growing evaluation of intergovernmental relations in individual countries, we aim to push the comparative study of formal and informal structures and mechanisms in intergovernmental relations. In order to do so, papers in this panel will look beyond the traditional existing and open intergovernmental relations. Instead, we are also interested in the informality of this process, the role personal relationships play, and how these influence and contribute to the functioning of federal political systems.