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Institute for Comparative Federalism

Institute for Comparative Federalism

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Federalism and autonomy are key instruments of democratic governance, allowing for unity in diversity, pluralism and power control. By analyzing how complex societies are organized and how decisions are made, we provide solutions at local and global level on how to improve the democratic efficiency of institutions and policies.

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Staff members
13 with a PhD degree
Ongoing projects
21 of them with international partners
Contributions in edited books
Journal publications

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Research areas

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Autonomies: Italy and South Tyrol

This research field analyzes and monitors the development of the special autonomy of South Tyrol within the Italian regional system and provides solutions to ...

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Autonomies Compared: Subnational and Local​

What is the relevance of federalism worldwide? How do systems aim to ensure subnational and local autonomy compare and what can countries across continents ...

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Institutional Innovation and Participatory Democracy

Scholars explore the operation of democratic federalism from the viewpoint of institutional innovation and new forms of decision-making grounded in deliberative ...

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Fiscal Federalism

The allocation of fiscal powers and intergovernmental financial relations against the balance between autonomy claims and solidarity are a pivotal area of ...

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Environmental Policy and Law in Multilevel Systems

Environment is one of the key areas of law that are regulated and implemented by different governmental levels and actors, thus challenging the traditionally ...

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News & Events

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Winter School

6a/2023 Winter School on Federalism and Governance

Duration: - Funding: Public institutions (Other projects ...

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Institute's Projects

MAGAZINE Science Stories that Inspire


The Challenge of Regional Inequalities in Argentina and South Africa


Making democracy crisis-proof

What can states learn from Covid-19?