1b/2018: Italian Regionalism (ex: 2017 Constitutional Reform and the effects on the Italian regional system)
Over the last years, the Institute has carried out in-depth research on the Italian regional system, analysing its development, particularly since the constitutional reform of 2001 which significantly modified the Title V of the Constitution on the territorial distribution of power.
In the last two years, the Institute focused very much on the analyses, from a scientific point of view, of the possible effects of the constitutional reform project of the Renzi Government (which at the end was rejected by popular referendum in December 2016) especially with regard to the relationship between the center and the sub-state level, focusing on special regions and, in particular, on the autonomous provinces of Trento and Bolzano.
After a first workshop in October 2014, a second conference was organized in EURAC in April 2016 (“Il futuro della specialità alla luce della riforma costituzionale”) and a book within the new ESI series has been published in September 2016. In particular, the collective work of Italian constitutional lawyers focuses on the five special regions with their particular challenges within the reform process.
Furthermore, dissemination through presentations, discussions and lectures has helped the Institute to become a reference point and expertise center. With the intention of further strengthening the position in the scientific community, the Institute plans another volume for 2018 focusing on the special autonomies applying a comparative research method.