Ringa Raudla is a Professor of Public Finance and Governance and the director of the PhD Program at Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia. Her main research interests are institutional economics, public finance, budgeting, financial management and performance management. She has published widely in leading journals, including Governance, Public Administration, and Journal of Public Policy. She is a board member of NISPAcee and coordinates the study group on fiscal administration in IIAS.
Jefferey Sellers is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Southern California. His research is focused on comparative analysis of institutions and state society relations from the “bottom-up” perspective of cities and communities.
Gerry Stoker is a Professor of Politics and Governance at the University of Southampton, UK. His main research interests are in governance, democratic politics, local and regional governance, urban politics, public participation and public service reform. He was the founding chair of the New Local Government Network that was the think-tank of the year in 2004 and his most recent book Why Politics Matters won the 2006 political book of the year award from the Political Studies Association of the UK. He has provided advice to various parts of UK government and is also an expert advisor to the Council of Europe on local government and participation issues.