The 2022 ICePP-World Bank Public Finance Conference was held virtually from June 8-10, 2022, organized and sponsored by the International Center for Public Policy and the World Bank.
The theme of the 2022 conference was decentralized governance and global climate change.
Subnational governments are important for both mitigation and adaptation actions, as well as in discussions about just transitions, loss and damage. Subnational governments are regularly responsible for land use planning and enforcement, water and power utilities, waste disposal, transport systems and urban management. Subnational governments are also on the front line of disaster response and charged with investing for climate adaptation. In many countries, subnational governments have taken the lead in climate action, when national governments have lagged. Subnational governments can potentially incubate policy innovation, build consensus and adjust policies to local needs and circumstances. Given the important role of subnational governments, it is surprising that relations between national and subnational governments have been largely neglected in the design of climate change policy. While it seems likely that vertical and horizontal coordination can lead to improved outcomes, there is no obvious division of functional responsibilities and or balance between central, top-down control and subnational, bottom-up discretion in climate change action. There is little in the theory on intergovernmental relations to inform the appropriate design and balance among regulations, administrative measures, fiscal transfers, and devolved tax powers as incentives for climate action and tools to address moral hazards.
This conference sought to contribute to filling these gaps.
Information on the presentation papers can be found below in the Conference Program. The conference was held virtually by the World Bank on Microsoft Teams.
Jorge Martinez-Vazquez, Emeritus Regents Professor of Economics, founded the ICePP Public Finance Conference series in 2001 at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. His goal was to bring top public finance scholars and experts in the academic and policy world to Atlanta to present and discuss some of the most timely and relevant public finance issues affecting governments and policy makers around the world. Since its inception, the International Center for Public Policy (ICePP) has organized 14 conferences on a broad range of public finance topics. While many of our conferences have been organized internally by Georgia State faculty, conferences are frequently collaborations with other institutions such as the World Bank and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.
This year’s conference is a collaboration between ICePP and the World Bank. The 2022 Decentralized Governance and Climate Change conference will take place virtually from June 8-10, 2022 and broadcast by the World Bank, organized by:
Practice Manager, Governance Global Practice Latin America and the Caribbean
Maud Alice Marie Melanie Frangi
World Bank Governance Consultant
The Andrew Young School of Policy of Studies (AYSPS) is ranked among the top 20 public affairs colleges in the United States and No. 4 in public finance and budgeting. Its downtown Atlanta campus is a critical center of influence and global economic hub with one of the nation’s largest concentrations of government and nonprofit employees. Faculty, students and alumni work around the world advancing digital innovation in public policy to ensure public and nonprofit sectors, and those they serve, engage with and benefit from our ever-evolving digital world while advancing equity, human rights and social justice as guided by the philosophy of its namesake, Ambassador Andrew Young.