Francisco Velasco (UAM)
Friday, Sept 6 12:30 – 1:30pm
Centre for Urban Policy and Local Governance
University of Western Ontario
Social Science Centre, Room 6210
Local governments in Spain and Canada are rarely (if ever) compared directly in the scholarly literature. Yet, as Prof. Velasco will suggest in his presentation, a comparative approach reveals some striking similarities in the structure and operation of these two ostensibly very different local government systems.
The past 3 of April of 2019 marked the 40th anniversary of the first local elections in Spain. Sponsored by the Local Government and the Changing Urban-Rural Interplay project (European Commission 823961 – LoGov), professors Tinashe Chigwata (UWC-Cape Town) and Alfonso Egea (UAM-Madrid) visited the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP) headquarters in Madrid. We met Mercedes Sánchez, Deputy Director of International Relations, to address the issues on the political agenda of FEMP.