2a/2022: Comparative Federalism and Autonomy Studies

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  • Project duration: December 2005 - December 2022
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    Internal funding EURAC (Project)

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.

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
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 ...

Regional Autonomy, Cultural Diversity and Differentiated Territorial Government: The Case of Tibet – Chinese and Comparative Perspectives
Toniatti R, Woelk J (2017)
(Law, Development and Globalization)
Edited book
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?
Introduction. Regional Citizenship: A Tool for Inclusion of New Minorities in Subnational Entities?
Medda-Windischer R, Kössler K (2017)
Contribution in book
European Yearbook of Minority Issues, Volume 13 (2014)


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 ...


Regional Citizenship: a Tool for Inclusion of New Minorities in Subnational Entities? Special Focus of the European Yearbook of Minority Issues Vol. 13
Kössler K, Medda-Windischer R (2016)
Leiden and Boston:Brill‐Martinus Nijhoff
(European Yearbook of Minority Issues)
Edited book

More information: https://brill.com/view/title/34048

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
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 ...


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


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


Council of Europe
Center for State Constitutional Studies, Rutgers-Camden University
University of Tübingen
Devolution Club
Foster Europe – Foundation for strong European Regions
Center for Constitutional Studies and Democratic Development
Centre international de formation européenne
Tibetan Government in Exile
European Centre for Research on Federalism
European University Institute
German Research Institute for Public Administration Speyer
Tibet Policy Institute
Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe
Instituto de Estudios Autonómicos
Cyprus Center for European and International Affairs, University of Nicosia
University of Barcelona
Babes-Bolyai University, Political Science Department
Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Faculty of Economics and Management
Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali "Guido Carli"
Universität Innsbruck, Forschungszentrum Föderalismus
University of Trento, School of international studies
Università di Verona, Dipartimento di scienze giuridiche
European Centre for Minority Issues
Institut für Föderalismus
University of Fribourg
University of the Western Cape
Center for Federal Studies, Addis Abeba University
International Association of Centers for Federal Studies
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