2a/2024 Comparative Federalism and Autonomy Studies

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This project integrates manifold strands of the institute’s comparative studies. From the outset, we have thereby aimed at both gaining insights for the autonomy of South Tyrol and conducting broader research that is based on the analysis of self-government arrangements worldwide.

In carrying out this research, we follow a decidedly trilingual approach and link scientific communities in German, Italian and English language. As a result of this bridging function, we conduct comparative studies in close collaboration with networks operating in each of these three languages (e.g. Europäisches Zentrum für Föderalismusforschung (EZFF), Devolution Club – Associazione per il dialogo costituzionale and International Association of Centers for Federal Studies (IACFS)). Trilingualism also characterizes the training events, consultancy activities, conferences and publications that are informed by this research on federalism and autonomy worldwide. In particular, the institute also edits book series in each of the three languages: “Minderheiten und Autonomien” (Nomos-Verlag, Baden-Baden), “Ius Publicum Europaeum” (CEDAM, Padova and ESI, Naples) and “Studies in Territorial and Cultural Diversity Governance” (Brill, Leiden and Boston).

The most notable publications, which aim at integrating the findings of long standing comparative studies, are the edited volume “Minority Accommodation through Territorial and Non-Territorial Autonomy” (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2015) and the handbook “Comparative Federalism: Constitutional Arrangements and Case Law" (Oxford, Hart Publishing, 2017). Specifically for policy-makers and other practitioners interested in federalism, we have launched in 2016 the website “Autonomy Arrangements in the World“, which is contiuously extended with additional case studies and shall develop into an easily accessible online source of information on the practice of autonomy arrangements worldwide.

Fessha Y, Kössler K, Palermo F (2022)
Contribution in book
Intergovernmental Relations in Divided Societies

More information: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-3-030-88785-8


Intergovernmental Relations in Divided Societies
Fessha Y, Kössler K, Palermo F (2022)
London: Palgrave Macmillan
Edited book

More information: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-3-030-88785-8



Managing the Covid-19 Pandemic in Austria: From National Unity to a De Facto Unitary State?
Kössler K (2022)
Contribution in book
Comparative Federalism and Covid-19. Combating the Pandemic

More information: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003166771-6



Qualified Autonomy and Federalism versus Secession in EU Member States
Eppler A, Jeffery C, Lütgenau SA (2021)
Innsbruck: Studien Verlag
(Foster Europe - International Studies Series)
Edited book

More information: https://www.studienverlag.at/produkt/5397/qualified-autonomy ...

Aggregative and devolutionary federalism revisited: The impact of the founding on federal features
Kössler K (2021)

Conference: IACFS Conference 2021 "The Making and Ending of Federalism" | Innsbruck | 28.10.2021 - 30.10.2021


Minderheitenschutz und Autonomie: Natürliche Verbündete oder Antagonisten?
Kössler K (2021)

Conference: Volksgruppen – Fenster zur Welt/Manjšine – okno v svet | Klagenfurt | 10.11.2021 - 10.11.2021


Federalism and Non-territorial Autonomy
Kössler K (2021)

Conference: Federalism and the Law of Diversity| Islands or Archipelago? | : 26.10.2021 - 16.11.2021


Federal Constitutions and Secession. From ‘Perpetual Union’ to a Right to Separate?
Kössler K (2021)
Contribution in book
Qualified Autonomy and Federalism versus Secession in EU Member States

More information: https://www.studienverlag.at/produkt/5397/qualified-autonomy ...


Demokratiemodelle in den Autonomen Gemeinschaften Spaniens: Zwischen verfassungsrechtlicher Prägung und Pluralismus
Kössler K (2021)
Contribution in book
Von Government zu Governance: Direkte und deliberative Demokratie in europäischen Mehrebenensystemen

More information: https://www.nomos-elibrary.de/10.5771/9783748925026/von-gove ...



Brexit evolves and devolves
Parolari S (2019)

More information: https://blogs.eurac.edu/eureka/brexit-evolves-and-devolves/


Is it still all about old men in grey suits? Gender (im)balance in EU Parliament
Zwilling C (2019)

More information: https://blogs.eurac.edu/eureka/is-it-still-all-about-old-men ...


What’s Wrong with Concurrency? Comparative Reflections Based on Constitutional Reforms in Germany and Italy
Palermo F (2017)
Contribution in book
Concurrent Powers in Federal Systems: Meaning, Making, Managing


Comparative federalism: constitutional arrangements and case law
Palermo F, Kössler K (2017)
Oxford: Hart
(Hart studies in comparative public law)
Authored book


Report on the Congress of the Council of Europe Debate on ‘Border Regions Facing Migration Flows’
Kössler K (2017)

More information: https://rm.coe.int/border-regions-facing-migration-phenomena ...


La pronuncia della Supreme Court del Regno Unito sul caso Miller e le questioni aperte per l’ordinamento costituzionale britannico
Parolari S (2017)
Journal article
Forum di Quaderni Costituzionali

More information: http://www.forumcostituzionale.it/wordpress/wp-content/uploa ...


Immigrants’ Political Participation in Linguistically Diverse Territories: A Comparative Perspective
Kössler K (2017)
Contribution in book
Regioni a statuto speciale e tutela della lingua : Quale apporto per l'integrazione sociale e politica?


Regional Autonomy, Cultural Diversity and Differentiated Territorial Government: The Case of Tibet – Chinese and Comparative Perspectives
Toniatti R, Woelk J (2017)
London: Routledge
(Law, Development and Globalization)
Edited book


La dimensione scozzese della Brexit tra devo-more e secondo referendum per l’indipendenza
Parolari S (2016)
Journal article
Le regioni : bimestrale di analisi giuridica e istituzionale


Il futuro della Scozia passa attraverso la soluzione della questione inglese?
Parolari S (2016)
Contribution in book
Il Regno è ancora Unito? Saggi e commenti sul referendum scozzese del 18 settembre 2014


Reform of the Second Chamber or Its Perpetuation? The Austrian Dilemma and Its Implications for the Italian Senate
Kössler K (2016)
Journal article
Istituzioni del Federalismo

More information: http://www.regione.emilia-romagna.it/affari_ist/Rivista_2_20 ...


Gemeinden im Europäischen Mehrebenensystem: Herausforderungen im 21. Jahrhundert
Alber E, Zwilling C (2014)
Baden-Baden: Nomos
(Schriftenreihe der Europäischen Akademie Bozen, Bereich "Minderheiten und Autonomien")
Edited book


Asymmetries in constitutional law: recent developments in federal and regional systems
Palermo F, Zwilling C, Kössler K (2009)
Bolzano: Eurac Research
(EURAC book)
Edited book


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