Special Issues


                                              SESSION NO.3: Economy, Architecture and Urbanism


 1-2 September 2017. (Deadline for Abstract: 15/ August /2017)   /  Prof. Dr. Spasoje Tuševljak, President of the Scientific Committee (There is no registration Fee)

  For the Students in architecture and urban design:

-There is no Registration fee -There will be free conference proceeding - Two days of free accommodation.

-The developed version of the paper will be publish in the Journal of Contemporary Urban Affairs. -There is a possibility of digital presentation as well.

For any query and sending the abstract please contact with the editor-in-chief: editor@ijcua.com



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                      INSTITUTIONS AND ECONOMICS

                                         '''What we can or cannot do better.....


The philosophy of liberalism has not only significantly contributed to the development of social relations, but also opened numerous paradigmatic controversies in the social sciences, especially in the economics, mainly because of discord in postulated expectations and actual effects.

Dominance of the doctrine of liberalism in the economics prefers the market as the sole mechanism for efficiency and efficient resource allocation. Theoretical bases of this approach have been established on the inviolability of private property, individual freedoms and competition as the pedestals of modern capitalism. Operationalisation of the liberal concept has focused on the removal of all barriers to the mobility of factors of production in order to boost the construction of global institutional setting (GIS) in terms of complete supremacy over national institutional setting (NIS), which limits the national economies in the creation of institutional arrangements and policies that would serve stable and sustainable development. The problem is extremely complex both in terms of consistency of doctrinal postulates, as well as in the domain of real possibilities of national economies to formulate and choose alternatives in a given context.

Institutionalized propositions on the mobility of factors of production are consistently implemented in the sector of goods and capital, but not in the sector of the workforce which at the global level repudiates the principle of competition in the way that cheaper labor from underdeveloped countries can freely apply for jobs in developed countries. On the other hand, competitive offer from the most developed world countries has flooded the world market which has had a negative impact on employment and the survival of many sectors and industries in underdeveloped countries.

Although modern economic theory substantially raised the issues of apologetic preference for the free market as the most efficient mechanism of growth of efficiency and resource allocation there have been no satisfactory answers to get empirical confirmation in real milieu of many economies in the world.

Specifically, in the second half of the last century, when the liberal concept had not entirely  prevailed, economic science has formulated theoretical propositions that are stressing the importance of the institution in achieving the idea of ​​efficient economy, which in economic theory is formulated as a doctrine of neo-institutional economics.

The challenge is, above all, in the general question to what extent and how the institutional setting can contribute to the efficiency of the market economy through the reduction of negative effects of externalities and transaction costs.

Neo-institutional economics is significantly doctrinal and management response to the theoretical extreme of Libertarian and Libertine of the stateless market and society where free competition is apologetically transposed from the economic onto the political in a way that, by analogy of spontaneity, interactions operating on the economic markets include also political ones.

The key question is to what extent the neo-institutional economics are theoretically inconsistent with the propositions of philosophy of liberalism on which the modern economic and political system of globalism is built!?

Or, is the modern world based on a selective application of the ideological, doctrinal and management propositions so that the recommendations and directives for implementation are primarily designed for the interests of big business and most powerful countries in the world!?

Is this the key reason that institutional adjustments and policies of the poor and underdeveloped are continuously monitored and authorized or engineering and institutional custody without responsibilities resulting in decline in performance and galloping growth of debts is on the scene!?

Can science today formulate new propositions that effectively problematize the doctrinal and control mechanisms of globalization making the institutional setting be in a function of a more just and balanced development of civilization. Or is it that the scientific thought (especially of small developing countries) is trapped in apologetic propaganda benefits of the free market and the current global institutional glorification of the setting. Anyway, it is nice to cherish hope that the critical attitude towards the addressed problems shall prevail in the manner that the belief in the eternal value of science is returning, especially in those postulates that contribute to creating a better and more just world for individuals and collectivities.


2-Sixth International Conference on Climate Change Adaptation 2017   

Unique Conferences Canada, the leading Canadian research conference organizer and  the International Center for Research & Development, the premier conference organizer in Asia  are proud to announce the Sixth International Conference on Climate Change Adaptation 2017 (CCA 2017)  will be held on 16-17 September ,2017  at the Chestnut Conference Centre,University of Toronto,Canada.

3.Third International Conference on Environment, Engineering and Energy 2017

 EEE2017 is dedicated to improvement and dissemination of knowledge on methods, policies and technologies. This EEE2017 for researchers in those areas to meet, discuss, share, enhance knowledge and inspire & disseminate new ideas to the community.

4. Mediterranean port cities studies. Last trends

 Submission for abstract:                    2017/08/31

Submission for approved papers:      2017/11/10

Method of submission: By email                 editor@ijcua.com

          As the Editor-in-chief of the journal of Contemporary Urban Affairs it is my pleasure to invite you to share your studies on “Mediterranean port cities” from the portal of Contemporary Urban Affairs (JCUA). The invited editor of this Special issue (Vol. 2 No. 2) will be Prof. José Manuel Pagés Madrigal from the University of Genova, Italya.

Mediterranean basin was identified as the birth of the occidental cultural, coming from a cultural crossroad. Cities were the basis for the antrophization of a large territory, starting from Iranian and Iraqi territories till arriving in the west side till Mediterranean Sea. Ports played an important role in the expansion of the cultures with the commerce as the basis for improving the relation among the several cultures. Port-cities arose as the formal expression of the several cultures, interpreting in different ways the relationship between ground and water.

Pot cities were, in the end, the catalyst of the crossroads, reflecting the consequences of this progressive sharing process. Cities, as a spatial notion, were the common reference of political systems and supported the social evolution till the arriving to the State as the mature entity. Ancient Greece was the scenario of a progressive complexity of the Institutions. Family communities evolved till forming the polis, as the first social community, after the Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations. Republic was one of the “modus governandi”, later on extrapolated to Roman Empire. Republics were in such cases exclusively based on the cities, like the Italian Renaissance Republics, as the territorial governance expanded till 19th century.

Urban and port forms evolved accordingly in an interesting process with complex results within a diversity always referring a common point: the relationship between ground and water.

Multiple studies were produced along History form uncountable perspectives. Most of the studies came from the respective local perspectives, as the basis for a larger scale approach.

A smaller number of studies were focused on the comprehensive vision of Mediterranean as a port-cities system.

It is then up to scholars of the several tendencies, proponents of articles, to identify at various scales of the urban network. Several topics are proposed, never acting as restrictions, but as a provocation of a scientific debate:

  • Mediterranean port-cities, which futures?
  • Port-cities and hinterlands
  • Relations between port and the city, which next steps in this complex historical debate
  • Ports retrofitting: New opportunities for the port-cities relations
  • Port-city resilience



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