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Winter School on Federalism and Governance 2015

Federalism and Democratic Participation

Venues: Innsbruck (Austria) - Bozen (Italy)
Period: February 2-13, 2015
Application deadline: Oct. 26, 2014



The Winter School on Federalism and Governance analyzes the phenomena of federalism, regionalism and multi-level governance from a legal and a political science perspective. Every edition pays special attention to a particular topic, which is approached in detail by legal scholars, political scientists and practitioners.

The next edition of the Winter School will take place from 2-13 February 2015 and will explore the link between federalism and democratic participation from a multidisciplinary and comparative perspective, providing in-depth analysis and practical knowledge of these phenomena.

The 10-day programme offers all participants an international learning environment. It is carried out over one week in Austria (Innsbruck, Tyrol) and one week in Italy (Bolzano/Bozen, South Tyrol) and includes:

  • lectures by renowned academics from Europe, North America, Asia and Africa
  • discussions and case studies with experts from international administrations
  • institutional study visits with politicians
  • interactive workshops and a public lecture


The Winter School is designed for applicants who wish to develop and upgrade their knowledge through an interdisciplinary and comparative approach:

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

Please note that the programme builds on an assumed prior knowledge of federalism.



The Winter School will analyze a series of issues:

  • Why does it make sense to include subnational constitutionalism in the big picture rather than regarding states as black boxes and their constitutions as monolithic?
  • What principles guide the interactions within the compound European constitutional system?
  • Is subsidiarity effectively guaranteed or merely a fig leaf?
  • What framework does multilevel constitutionalism provide for decision-making processes that have been described as multilevel governance?
  • How are citizens (and non-citizens) concerned by these decision-making processes?

Application Procedure

Browse the Winter School website for further information on how to apply.


Institute for Studies on Federalism and Regionalism - European Academy of Bolzano/Bozen (EURAC)
Faculty of Law and the School of Political Science and Sociology - University of Innsbruck

Information & contacts

Ms. Greta Klotz
Project Manager and Researcher
address: Viale Druso/Drususallee 1
39100 Bolzano/Bozen - Italy
tel.: 0039.0471.055202
fax: 0039.0471.055299


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