Innsbruck (Austria) and Bolzano/Bozen (Italy), Italy

Winter School on Federalism and Governance 2016 - Conflict and Cooperation in Federal Systems

when 1 February 2015 - 12 February 2015
duration 2 weeks
fee EUR 250

The Winter School is a two-week international postgraduate programme on federalism, regionalism and multilevel governance. A wide range of lectures provides the opportunity for participants to broaden their knowledge of multilevel governance, especially from the perspectives of legal and political sciences. Renowned experts in the field lead courses and workshops on federalism and its challenges in the Winter School’s international learning environment that features top-notch scholars coming from different backgrounds and from around the globe.

The Winter School explores, from an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective, how federalism can contribute to multilevel, integrated and pluralistic decision-making. The 2016 edition will cover conflict and cooperation in federal systems. For one week at the University of Innsbruck (Austria) and one week at the European Academy of Bolzano/Bozen (Italy), participants will analyze both the effectiveness of federalism as a tool to solve intergovernmental conflicts and discuss the relevant constitutional instruments and institutions in multilevel systems, such as second chambers or constitutional courts. Furthermore, hot topics such as fiscal federalism and the role of political parties in promoting conflict or cooperation will be discussed. Among the practical case studies from different continents (Asia, Africa and Europe), attention will be paid to recent secessionist movements in Europe and possibilities for their solution.

Course leader

Scientific Committee: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Anna Gamper (Department of Public Law, State and Administrative Theory, University of Innsbruck), Prof. Dr. Francesco Palermo (Institute for Studies on Federalism and Regionalism, European Academy of Bolzano/Bozen), U

Target group

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

Course aim

Beside numerous opportunities for discussion with renowned experts on multilevel governance throughout the lectures, interactive sessions will also offer participants the chance to shareknowledge among themselves.
The Winter School 2016 examines 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 and multilevel governance.

Fee info

EUR 250: The participation fee for the Winter School is € 250,00 (= two weeks Winter School excluding accommodation).

This participation fee covers: course materials, guided tours in Innsbruck and Bolzano/Bozen, bus transfer from Innsbruck to Bolzano/Bozen at the end of week 1, welcome coffee and welcome lunch, welcome dinner, access to the libraries and internet access at both venue sites (i.e. at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Innsbruck and at EURAC Bolzano/Bozen).
The participation fee does NOT cover: Accommodation, meals, travel costs and other expenses not listed above

Participants do, however, have the possibility to book their accommodation in Innsbruck and Bolzano through the organizers.
Option 1: € 780,00 - includes 13 nights-accommodation in a single room with breakfast (= € 1.030,00 incl.
participation fee).
Option 2: € 580,00 - includes 13 nights-accommodation in a twin room with breakfast (= € 830,00 incl.
participation fee).


The organizers of the Winter School will award a limited number of scholarships. Scholarships are limited and will be awarded based on merit and need; preference will be given to students and applicants from non-European countries.