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 was 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 GEN+ organizes the 13 th PEARL Seminar. It will be 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 the 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 2015, GEN leaded a proposal submitted to the EU COST Action call, including over 60 researchers from 11 different countries (Proposal Reference OC-2015-1-19701). Currently, the proposal is under review and it will be resubmitted to the second 2016 call.


  • 3rd International Conference on Decentralization after the Great recession: Fine-tuning or Paradigm Change?, Santiago de Compostela, 2017, forthcoming
  • 13th PEARL-Seminar, Santiago de Compostela, 2016.
  • International Conference on the Challenge of Local Governments Size: Theoretical Perspectives, International Experience, and Policy Reform , A Coruña, 2011.
  • International Conference on the Political and Economic Consequences of Decentralization , Santiago de Compostela, 2009.

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

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