DATES AND VENUES – 2018 edition
- 5 February – 9 February 2018 in Innsbruck (Tyrol, Austria)
- 12 February – 16 February 2018 in Bolzano/Bozen (South Tyrol, Italy)
The first week of the Winter School takes place at the Faculty of Law and at the School of Political Science and Sociology of Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck, Austria the second week at the Institute for Comparative Federalism of Eurac Research, Italy.
The two weeks of the Winter School are divided into lectures and discussion sessions, interactive workshops, study visits in Innsbruck and Bolzano/Bozen and a public lecture. Please note that it is not possible to attend only one week of the programme.
CONTENT AND OBJECTIVE
The 2018 edition of the Winter School will focus on “Federalism in the Making”.
Participants will analyze the basic requirements, origins and evolution of federal states, constitution making, as well as 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 among themselves. Both lectures and workshops will address the issue of implementing federal systems through case studies and their comparison.
The Winter School will examine a series of issues:
- What are the basic requirements of a federation?
- What are the factors for the success or failure of federal systems?
- What does constitution-making look like in emerging federations?
- What are political, economic and legal drivers of federalism?
- How do federal systems accommodate or facilitate asymmetries and diversity?
- Is the European Union a federation in the making?
- What impact does federalism have on fiscal relations, social welfare and policy fields such as land use and the environment?
- What lessons can be learned from comparative practice?
The Winter School 2018 examines these and other questions by combining theoretical expertise and relevant case studies. As such, the programme is a unique opportunity for young academics, postgraduate students and practitioners to receive enhanced training on the theoretical and practical aspects of federalism.
At the end of the Winter School, a certificate of attendance will be awarded to participants who have attended at least 95% of all classes. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to submit a working paper after the Winter School (not compulsory!). Further details will become available during the Winter School.
WORKSHOPS DURING THE WINTER SCHOOL
For half a day, the Winter School participants will be divided into four workshops in which they will discuss different topics with experts on…
A) Social Welfare and Integration
B) Fiscal Relations
C) Local Government
Applicants must select one of these four topics to be discussed in the workshop and submit a short essay in the application form. Click HERE for further information.
- Dott.ssa Elisabeth Alber – Senior Researcher, Institute for Comparative Federalism – Eurac Research, Bolzano/Bozen, Italy
- Dr. Mariachiara Alberton – Senior Researcher, Institute for Institute for Comparative Federalism – Eurac Research, Bolzano/Bozen, Italy
- Prof. Dr. Balveer Arora – Professor of Political Science at the School of Social Sciences and Former Rector and Pro-Vice Chancellor, Jawaharlal Nehru University
- Prof. Dr. Eva Maria Belser – Chair for Constitutional and Administrative Law at the University of Fribourg and a UNESCO Chair in Human Rights and Democracy, Co-Director of the Institute of Federalism, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
- Prof. Dr. Jörg Broschek – Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Comparative Federalism and Multilevel Governance, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
- Prof. Dr. Reiner Eichenberger – Head of the Center for Public Finance and Professor of Financial and Economic Policy, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
- Prof. Dr. Andreas Heinemann-Grüder – Professor of Political Science at the Bonn International Center for Conversion, University of Bonn, Germany
- Dr. Sören Keil – Reader in Politics and International Relations at the School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK
- Dr. Karl Kössler– Senior Researcher, Institute for Comparative Federalism – Eurac Research, Bolzano/Bozen, Italy
- Prof. Dr. Christina Murray – Senior Member, Mediation Standby Team in the Mediation Support Unit, United Nations
- Prof. Dr. Francesco Palermo – Head of the Institute for Comparative Federalism – Eurac Research, Bolzano/Bozen and Professor of Comparative Public Law, University of Verona, Italy
- Prof. Dr. Simona Piattoni – Professor of Political Science, University of Trento, Italy
- Dr. Martina Trettel – Senior Researcher, Institute for Comparative Federalism – Eurac Research, Bolzano/Bozen, Italy
- Dr. Alice Valdesalici– Senior Researcher, Institute for Comparative Federalism – Eurac Research, Bolzano/Bozen, Italy
- Prof. Dr. Jaap de Visser – Director of the Dullah Omar Institute for Constitutional Law, Governance and Human Rights, University of the Western Cape, South Africa
- Prof. Dr. Jens Woelk – Senior Researcher, Institute for Comparative Federalism – Eurac Research, Bolzano/Bozen and Professor for Comparative Public Law, University of Trento, Italy