CfP: Winter School on Federalism and Governance 2018 - Federalism in the Making


Federalism in the Making

5 February – 16 February 2018

Austria, Innsbruck and Italy, Bolzano  

The Winter School is a two-week international postgraduate programme on federalism, regionalism and multilevel governance. It explores, from an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective, how federalism can contribute to multilevel, integrated and pluralistic decision-making. A wide range of lectures provides an opportunity for participants to broaden their knowledge of multilevel governance and government, especially from the perspectives of legal and political sciences.

The 2018 edition of the School will focus on federalism in the making. For one week at the University of Innsbruck and one week at Eurac Research, Bolzano/Bozen, participants will analyze the basic requirements, origins and evolution of federal states, constitution making, as well as the success and risk factors of multilevel systems. A wide range of case studies and examples of symmetric and asymmetric federations, the European Union, multinational states or current examples in Eastern Europe will be discussed. Furthermore, the study of different policy fields, such as financial relations or environmental and social policies, will provide insights into the workings of multilevel governance. Beside numerous opportunities for discussion with leading experts on multilevel governance throughout the lectures, the interactive sessions will also offer participants the chance to share knowledge amongst themselves. Both lectures and workshops will address the issue of implementing federal systems through case studies and their comparison.

The Winter School is designed for those who wish to upgrade their knowledge of federalism and regionalism through an interdisciplinary and comparative approach, including:

  • young researchers and academics
  • post-docs, postgraduate and graduate students
  • civil servants from local, regional or national government
  • employees of international organisations or NGOs

The two-week programme is embedded in an exciting international learning environment in Austria (Innsbruck, Tyrol) and in Italy (Bolzano/Bozen, South Tyrol) and includes:

  • lectures by distinguished academics;
  • discussions and case studies with experts;
  • study visits to political institutions;
  • interactive workshops and a public lecture.

Applications close on 26 October 2017

For further information, a detailed programme, enrolment procedure, costs and scholarship opportunities, please visit: