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Center for Local Government Studies (SAKOM)

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The Center for Local Government Studies (SAKOM) is a research center at the Department of Political Science and Management, Faculty of Social Sciences. Our main areas of research are local and regional organizations and governance. SAKOM operates with an engaged scholarship approach to research, which entails a close collaboration between researchers and practitioners in the co-creation and co-production of knowledge. The center has close collaborations with research partners both in local and regional levels of government. 

We operate on the basis of three core values: quality, innovation and applicability. Our objective is to contribute to the development of relevant and applicable knowledge for stakeholders in local and regional administration and government. 

Topics of research:

  • Organization, management and governance in the public sector
  • Organizational culture and management
  • Change, reorganization, development and innovation in the public sector
  • Local governance, local democracy and co-creation