The Institute carries out comparative studies and applied research on federal, regional and local governmental trends predominantly, but not exclusively, from a legal perspective. We investigate the legal tools for coping with the management of ever more complex governance and decision-making processes in multi-level systems both within Europe and worldwide. South Tyrol's well-established, far reaching self-government arrangement and asymmetrical autonomy within regional Italy and the location at the border of 'mature' federations, puts the Institute in a privileged position to observe and analyze, inter alia:
A trilingual approach (German, Italian and English) characterizes our research,
training programs, and
consultancy activities and makes our research results available to a wide variety of target groups. We are member of the
International Association of Centres for Federal Studies (IACFS) and of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR).
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