António F. Tavares

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Main Research Interests

I am Associate Professor with Habilitation in the School of Economics and Management at the University of Minho, Braga, Portugal. I teach courses on Local Government, Theories of the Policy Process, and Public Policy Analysis.

I received my Ph.D. in Public Administration from the Reubin Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at the Florida State University under the supervision of Richard C. Feiock.

My 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. This research has been published in a wide range of journals in political science, public administration, and urban studies (see below). 

Work in Progress

Deslatte, Aaron, Katarzyna Szmigiel-Rawska, Izabela Karsznia and Antonio F. Tavares. 2018. Local Institutions and Urban Growth: A Comparative Analysis of Land-Use in Europe. Prepared for presentation at the American Political Science Association. Boston, MA: August 28-September 2.

Camões, Pedro, António F. Tavares e Filipe Teles. 2018. Assessing the Intensity and Diversity of Cooperation: A Study of Joint Delegation of Municipal Functions to Intermunicipal Communities. Prepared for submission to the European Urban and Regional Association Conference. Tilburg, The Netherlands, June 20-23.

Roeger, Alexandra and António F. Tavares. 2020. Assuring water quality in a climate

change environment: Is climate change an input in the update of Water Safety Plans? In progress.


Szimigiel-Rawska, Katarzyna, Julita Lukomska, and António F. Tavares. 2020. The Anatomy of Choice: An Analysis of the Determinants of Local Service Delivery in Poland. Local Government Studies. Forthcoming.

Rodrigues, Miguel and António F. Tavares. 2020. Turnout and Territorial Reform: Data from Submunicipal Governments in Portugal. Data in Brief 30.

Tavares, António F., João Martins and Mariana Lameiras. 2020. Electronic Participation in a Comparative Perspective: Institutional Determinants of Performance. In M.P. Rodríguez-Bolívar and L. Alcaide-Muñoz (eds.) Digital Government and Achieving E-Public Participation. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Roeger, Alexandra and António Tavares. 2020. Water Safety Plans and Climate Change Mitigation. Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Partnerships for the Goals. Walter Leal Filho, Anabela Marisa Azul, Luciana Brandli, Amanda Lange Salvia and Tony Wall (eds.). Springer Nature.

Roeger, Alexandra and António F. Tavares. 2020. Do Governance Arrangements Affect the Voluntary Adoption of Water Safety Plans? An Empirical Study of Water Utilities in Portugal. Water Resources Management 34(5): 1757-1772.

Rodrigues, Miguel and António Tavares. 2020. The Effects of Amalgamations on Voter Turnout: Evidence from Sub-Municipal Governments in Portugal. Cities: The International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning. Forthcoming.

Tavares, António F., Ringa Raudla and Tiago Silva. 2020. Best of Both Worlds? Independent Lists and Voter Turnout in Local Elections. Journal of Urban Affairs. Forthcoming.

Tavares, António F. and Nuno F. da Cruz. 2020. Explaining Local Government Transparency: An Analysis of Information Disclosed in Official WebsitesGovernment Information Quarterly 37(3).

Silva, Patrícia, António Tavares, Tiago Silva e Mariana Lameiras. 2019. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Three Faces of Social Media Usage by Local Governments. Government Information Quarterly 36(3): 469-479. 

Silva, T., Tavares, A. and Lameiras, M. 2019. ‘Trendy’ Cities: Exploring the Adoption of Different Types of Social Media by Portuguese Municipalities. In Panagiotopoulos, P., Edelmann, N., Glassey, O., Misuraca, G., Parycek, P., Lampoltshammer, Th., Re, B. (Eds.)  Electronic Participation. Springer. Pp.26-34.

Szmigiel-Rawska, K., Tavares, A.F., 2019, Sense or sensibility? Polish mayors in social media. Regional and Local Studies, 3(77): 27-38.

Tavares, António F. and Ringa Raudla. 2018. Size, Density, and Small Scale Elections: A Multi-Level Analysis of Voter Turnout in Sub-Municipal Governments. Electoral Studies 56: 1-13.

Deslatte, Aaron, António F. Tavares, and Richard C. Feiock. 2018. Policy of Delay: Evidence from a Bayesian Analysis of Metropolitan Land-Use Choices. Policy Studies Journal 46(3): 674-699.

Bel, Germà, Ringa Raudla, Miguel Rodrigues and António F. Tavares. 2018. These Rules are Made for Spending: Testing and Extending the Law of 1/n. Public Choice 174(1-2): 41-60. 

Tavares, António. 2018. Municipal Amalgamations and Their Effects: A Literature Review. Miscellanea Geographica - Regional Studies on Development 22(1): 5-15.

Roeger, Alexandra and António Tavares. 2018. Water Safety Plans: A Review of Empirical Research on Adoption and Implementation. Utilities Policy 53: 15-24.

Tavares, António F. and Richard C. Feiock. 2018. Applying an Institutional Collective Action Framework to Investigate Intermunicipal Cooperation in Europe. Perspectives on Public Management and Governance 1(4): 299-316.

Szmigiel-Rawska, Katarzyna, Julita Lukomska and António F. Tavares. 2018. Social Media Activity and Local Civic Engagement in Poland. In Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (pp. 279-287). ACM.

Lameiras, Mariana, Tiago Silva, and António F. Tavares. 2018. An Empirical Analysis of Social Media Usage by Local Governments in Portugal. In Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (pp. 257-268). ACM.

Tavares, António F. 2017. Ten Years After: Revisiting the Determinants of the Adoption of Municipal Corporations for Local Service Delivery. Local Government Studies. 43(5): 697-706. 

Rodrigues, Miguel and António F. Tavares. 2017. The Same Deep Water as You? The Impact of Alternative Governance Arrangements of Water Service Delivery on Efficiency. Journal of Strategic Contracting and Negotiation 3(2): 78-101.

Raudla, Ringa and António F. Tavares. 2017. Inter-Municipal Cooperation and Austerity Policies: Obstacles or Opportunities? In Filipe Teles and Pawel Swianiewicz (eds.). Inter-Municipal Cooperation in Europe. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave. pp.17-41.

Tavares, António F. and Filipe Teles. 2017. Deeply Rooted but Still Striving for a Role: The Portuguese Freguesias under Reform. In Nikolaos Komninos-Hlepas, Norbert Kerstig, Sabine Kuhlmann, Pawel Swianiewicz, and Filipe Teles (eds.). Sub-Municipal Governance in Europe: Decentralization Beyond the Municipal Tier. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave. 

da Cruz, Nuno F., António F. Tavares, Rui Cunha Marques, Susana Jorge, and Luís de Sousa. 2016. Measuring Local Government Transparency. Public Management Review 18(6): 866-893. 

Tavares, António F., Elsa Estevez and Delfina Sá Soares. 2016. Electronic Governance for Context-Specific Public Service Delivery: A Survey of the Literature. ACM Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance ICEGOV2016. Montevideo, Uruguay, March 1-4.

Tavares, António F. and Miguel Rodrigues. 2015. The Economic and Territorial Impacts of Top-Down Territorial Reforms: The Case of Portuguese Parishes. Local Government Studies 41(6): 956-976.

De Sousa, Luís, António F. Tavares, Nuno Ferreira da Cruz e Susana Jorge (eds.). 2015. A Reforma do Poder Local em Debate. Lisboa: ICS.

Carr, Jered B. and António F. Tavares. 2014. City Size and Political Participation in Local Government: Reassessing the Contingent Effects of Residential Location Decisions within Urban Regions. Urban Affairs Review 50 (2): 269-302.

Tavares, António F. and Jered B. Carr. 2013. So Close, Yet So Far Away? The Effects of City Size, Density, and Growth on Local Civic Participation. Journal of Urban Affairs 35 (3): 283-302.

Tavares, António F. and Miguel A. Rodrigues. 2013. From Civil Servants to Liberal Professionals: An Empirical Analysis of the Reform of Portuguese Notaries. International Review of Administrative Sciences 79 (2): 347-367.

Tavares, António F. and Miguel A. Rodrigues. 2013. The Supply of Political and Administrative Instruments of Participation: An Empirical Analysis of Local Government Choices. Revista del CLAD Reforma y Democracia 56: 141-172.

Tavares, António F. and Miguel Rodrigues. 2012. A Implementação de Políticas Sociais pelo Terceiro Sector: Um Enquadramento de Mercado. In Hugo C. Silvestre e Joaquim Filipe Araújo (eds.). Colectânea de Administração Pública. Lisboa: Escolar Editora.

Rodrigues, Miguel, António Tavares and Filipe Araújo. 2012. Municipal Service Delivery: The Role of Transaction Costs in the Choice between Alternative Governance Mechanisms. Local Government Studies 38(5): 615-638.

Tavares, António F. and Luís Mamede. 2011. The Effects of Institutional Design in Program Performance: Promoting Sustainable Cities in Portugal. Management of Environmental Quality: An International Journal 22 (3): 330-343. 

Tavares, António and Pedro Camoes. 2010. New Forms of Local Governance: A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis of Municipal Corporations in Portugal. Public Management Review 12 (5): 587-605. 

Tavares, António F., Sílvia M. Mendes, and Cláudia S. Costa. 2008. The Impact of Deterrence Policies on Reckless Driving: The Case of Portugal. European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research 14 (4): 417-429. 

Feiock, Richard C., António F. Tavares, and Mark Lubell. 2008. Policy Instrument Choices for Growth Management and Land Use Regulation. Policy Studies Journal 36 (3): 461-480. 

Tavares, António F. and Pedro J. Camões. 2007. Local Service Delivery Choices in Portugal: A Political Transaction-Costs Framework. Local Government Studies 33 (4): 535-553.  

Tavares, António F. (ed.) 2006. Estudo e Ensino da Administração Pública em Portugal. Lisboa: Escolar Editora.

Tavares, António F. 2006. A Análise de Políticas Públicas como Profissão: Retratos de uma Infância Difícil. In Antonio F. Tavares (ed.). Estudo e Ensino da Administração Pública em Portugal. Lisboa: Escolar Editora.

Tavares, António F. 2003. Can the Market Be Used to Preserve Land? The Case for Transfer Development Rights. 43rd Conference of the European Regional Science Association. Jyväskylä, Finland, August 27-30. Published in Cd-Rom format.

Tavares, António F. 2003. State and Local Institutions and Environmental Policy: A Transaction Cost Analysis. Ph.D. Dissertation in Public Administration. Tallahassee, FL: Askew School of Public Administration and Policy, Florida State University, USA.

Jeong, Moon-Gi and António F. Tavares. 2002. Impact of State Growth Management Laws on Economic Growth. International Journal of Economic Development 4 (3-4). (e-journal)

Pereira, Ana Paula e António F. Tavares. 2002. O Uso de Indicadores de Performance na Avaliação de Ensino Superior. Revista de Administração e Políticas Públicas, Vol. III, 1-2: 82-94.