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Call for Papers2013
Challenges and Prospects: Local Government Responses tothe Internationalization of Society and Economy
Special Issue of Journal of African and Asian Local Government Studies 
Special Issue Editors: Tatchalerm Sudhipongpracha, Ph.D. and Achakorn Wongpredee, Ph.D.College of Local Administration Graduate School of Public AdministrationKhon Kaen University National Institute of Development Administration THAILAND THAILAND The internationalization of human society and global economy has always been a dynamic, multi-faceted process
since time immemorial. An extensive range of jargons, such as ‘the end of geography,’‘the end of ideology,’ and ‘convergence,’ are regularly employed to illustrate the opportunities and
challenges of globalization for nation-states and their administrators. In recapitulating these opportunitiesand challenges, Robertson (1992, 8) succinctly states that the c
oncept of globalization refers to both “thecompression of the world and the intensification of consciousness in the world as whole.”
 Thesocioeconomic internationalization is not an alien concept for those in the business circle whose fortunehinges upon an ability to capitalize on economic interdependence and borderless flow of capital and labor(Bell 1974). Beyond the business circle, however, new phenomena created through theinternationalization process have both integrative and disintegrative effects (Wallerstein 1980). On theone hand, cultural cosmopolitanism signifies the emergence of a common or trans-national culture thatserves as an intermediary between diverse national cultures. On the other, an integrated global society andeconomy cause a growing host of environmental and social problems. In addition, contemporary resistance to the socioeconomic internationalization assumes a variety of forms, ranging from thestrengthening of national and ethnic identities to social unrest of varying intensity.Much research has been conducted on the impact of socioeconomic internationalization onnational governments. Yet, the impact on local communities and governments has been under-researched(Cope 1999). The process of internationalization gradually transforms local government roles, financing,organizational structure, and management techniques. As a precautionary note, it is a precariousassumption that
“what is happening locally” can be understood by singularly examining “the global” and
 vice versa (Cope 1999, 175). Rather, what is happening at the local level has to be understood as a
local-global nexus
(Alger 1988). Indeed, Robertson (1995, 30) coins a portmanteau term
toexplain the dynamics of this
local-global nexus
the simultaneity and the inter-penetrating of whatare conventionally called the global and the local.
  The International Association of Local Government Scholars commissioned a research projectspecifically designed to achieve three (3) overarching objectives: (1) to identify the opportunities andchallenges for local government around the world wrought by the internationalization of our society andeconomy, (2) to examine local government responses to those opportunities and challenges, and (3) tosynthesize the
lessons learned
from successful cases, as well as the common factors underlying ineffective management of the
local-global nexus.
A special issue of 
 Journal of African and Asian Local Government Studies 
will result from this research initiative. The outcome of this special issue isto assist local government officials and community leaders in examining their level of management
Journal of African and Asian Local Government Studies|
effectiveness and preparedness for an increasingly globalized economy and society and in crafting new management and development initiatives. With this Call for Papers, we would like to solicit scholarly and practical contributions thatdescribe, explain, and analyze the management and development strategies adopted by local governing authorities to respond to the consequences of 
Although our journal primarily targetsgovernance issues in African and Asian local communities, research contributions from other parts of the world are highly encouraged for this special issue. The research topics in which we are particularly interested include, but are not limited to:-
 Administrative reform measures aimed at enhancing local capacity to deal with the impact of internationalization of society and economy;-
Innovative management approaches, such as the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model,contracting, and outsourcing;-
Fiscal and financial management strategies adopted by local government in response toeconomic interdependence and free flow of capital and labor;-
Organizational development, human capital improvement, and new and creative training approaches for local government and community leaders;-
Community development issues, including quality of life, business development, welfare,social safety net, and cultural preservation;-
Information technology and how it is incorporated into local public management andcommunity development;-
Environmental change and sustainable development; and-
Social and political unrest, intensification of identity politics and ethnic conflict, andcommunal violence; The list of research topics is not exclusive and does not preclude other globalization-relatedtopics. If you wish to have your proposals considered for publication in this special issue of 
 Journal of  African and Asian Local Government Studies (JAALGS),
please submit a one-page abstract of no more than500 words delineating the research topics, methodologies used, and how your research will contribute tothe overarching objectives of the special issue to Tatchalerm Sudhipongprachatatcsu@kku.ac.th )by 
February 28, 2013.
 When submitting, please include
in the subjectline. Also, please include your names, titles, affiliations, and e-mail addresses in your proposals.Contributors will be notified by 
 April 1, 2013
as to whether they will be invited to prepare a full paper.Final research papers are expected by 
 June 20, 2013
and will be submitted through the refereeing processused by 
 Journal of African and Asian Local Government Studies 
 Alger, C.F. 1988.
Perceiving, Analyzing, and Coping with the Local-Global Nexus.
International Social Science Journal 
117: 321-40.Bell, D. 1974.
The Coming of Post-Industrial Society: A Venture in Social Forecasting 
. London:Heinemann.

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