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 learn from each other? We use a contextualist approach from the perspectives of legal and political research to answer these questions.
As an institute that is located in South Tyrol, an autonomous province within Italy, and characterized by its proximity to the classical European federations Austria, Germany and Switzerland, it seems quite natural that comparative studies on federalism and autonomy are of particular interest. Our comparative studies benefit from this particular geographical context and, linked to it, our trilingual approach and intensive collaboration with research networks in three languages (German, Italian and English).
The institute's early comparative research mostly concentrated on the role of federalism and autonomy for the management of ethno-cultural diversity. While this has remained a key topic, we later on extended our scope to also studying the practical application and implications of these concepts in different policy fields such as institutional innovation, financial relations, as well as immigration and integration in multi-level systems. A second more recent strategic development has been the increased focus of the institute’s comparative research on local autonomy which today complements our initial emphasis on the autonomy of subnational entities (regions, provinces, states, Länder, cantons, etc.). Thus, the role of local governments and how they interact with subnational and national governments has been key for developing a perspective that is truly multilevel in nature.
Research Group Projects
2a/2021: Comparative Federalism and Autonomy StudiesDuration: December 2005 - December 2021Funding:
2d/2021: International Association of Constitutional Law Research Group "Constitutionalism and ...Duration: December 2019 - December 2021Funding:
H2020 Marie Curie IGR-IDS
2e/2020: Intergovernmental Relations in Divided Societies (Marie Curie)Duration: July 2018 - July 2020Funding:
Local Gov (PhD) Stiftung Sparkasse
2f/2021: Municipalities and institutional cooperation in multilevel systems: The local level of ...Duration: October 2017 - December 2021Funding:
2g/2021: Local Government and the Changing Urban-Rural Interplay - RISE projectDuration: January 2019 - January 2023Funding: