Institutes & Centers

Institute for Comparative Federalism - Institutional Innovation and Participatory Democracy

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 democracy. They study participatory democracy and its relevance for governing pluralism.

  • Deutsch
  • English
  • Italiano

This research area integrates various strands of the Institute's comparative studies in reconsidering the theoretical and empirical framework of federalism, democracy and governance, and their interplay. It pays close attention to issues such as how decisions are and can more effectively and democratically be taken in an interconnected world. Because today, the challenge is less how to divide the spheres of government but rather how to better connect them, by, at the same time, involving actors that have previously been excluded in traditional decision-making procedures.

Firstly, research projects investigate to what extent increasing trends, practices and methods of citizens' and stakeholders participation complement traditional decision-making processes. Secondly, they investigate to what extent the institutionalization of such instruments and models are and can be a means to govern better. Depending on the project, we work with partners at local, euro-regional, national and international level. In sum, the projects of the research area Institutional Innovation and Participatory Democracy in Multilevel Systems: * contribute to the re-consideration of the theoretical framework of federalism, democracy and governance, and their interplay; * empirically analyze procedures of cooperation and coordination in decision-making processes among governmental levels, and between governmental levels and the different institutional and societal actors; * advance the research on subnational institutional innovation and participatory democracy.

Related Projects

1 - 4

Institutional Innovation

3a/2022: Institutional Innovation and Participatory Democracy in Multilevel Systems

Duration: August 2013 - December 2023Funding:
Internal funding EURAC (Project)

view all

Institute's Projects

Eurac Research logo

Eurac Research is a private research center based in Bolzano (South Tyrol) with researchers from a wide variety of scientific fields who come from all over the globe. Together, through scientific knowledge and research, they share the goal of shaping the future.

What we do

Our research addresses the greatest challenges facing us in the future: people need health, energy, well-functioning political and social systems and an intact environment. These are complex questions, and we are seeking the answers in the interaction between many different disciplines. In so doing, our research work embraces three major themes: regions fit for living in, diversity as a life-enhancing feature, a healthy society.

Great Place To Work
ISO 9001 / 2015ISO 9001:2015
ISO 27001ISO 27001:2013
ORCID Member

In order to give you a better service this site uses cookies. Additionally third party cookies are used. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

Privacy Policy