António Tavares is associate professor, Director of the Ph.D. in Administrative Sciences, and Chair of the Department of International Relations and Public Administration at the University of Minho, Braga, Portugal. He is co-editor of the Urban Affairs Review, the journal affiliated with the Urban Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. His research interests comprise topics in the fields of local government and urban politics, including territorial reforms, regional governance, service delivery, and political and civic engagement. His research has been published in a wide range of journals in political science, public administration and urban affairs, including Journal of Urban Affairs, Local Government Studies, Policy Studies Journal, International Review of Administrative Sciences, Public Management Review, and European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research. Tavares is editor of Research and Teaching of Public Administration in Portugal (in Portuguese) (Lisbon, Escolar Editora, 2006). Tavares received his Ph.D. in Public Administration from the Reubin O’D. Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at Florida State University, a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Minho, Portugal, and a B.A. in Organizational Sociology from the University of Minho, Portugal. He served as Director of the B.A. in Public Administration at the University of Minho between November 2005 and February 2008. He teaches Local Government, Theories of the Policy Process, and Public Policy Analysis and Evaluation and is involved in professional training for upper level civil servants in the fields of public policy and administration.