Winter School - Federalism in the Making, 5-16 February 2018, Austria and Italy

Publish Date: Aug 31, 2017

Deadline: Oct 26, 2017

Event Dates: from Feb 05, 2018 03:39 to Feb 16, 2018 03:39


The Winter School is a cross-border postgraduate programme located in the heart of the Alps under the auspices of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe.

The 2018 edition will focus on “FEDERALISM IN THE MAKING”


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.

Top-notch scholars coming from different backgrounds and from around the globe lead courses and workshops on federalism and its challenges in the Winter School’s international learning environment.

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 will examine a series of issues:

  • What are 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 the 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.


The Winter School is designed for those who wish to upgrade their knowledge of federalism 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 Please note that the programme builds on assumed prior knowledge of federalism.

Fees & Scholarships


The participation fee for the Winter School on Federalism and Governance 2018 is € 300,00 (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 (Saturday, 10 February 2018), 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 Research, Bolzano/Bozen).
  • The participation fee does NOT cover: Accommodation, meals, travel costs and other expenses not listed above


Participants can book their accommodation in Innsbruck and Bolzano independently or through the organizers. If the latter is chosen, two options are available (see single and twin room options below). Participants will be booked in standard guesthouses and in modern student halls of residence in quietly located areas of town, both in Innsbruck and in Bolzano/Bozen. In any other case, participants have to organize their accommodation on their own.

Option 1: € 830,00 – includes 13 nights-accommodation in a single room with breakfast (= 1.130,00 Euro including participation fee of 300,00 Euro)
Option 2: € 630,00 – includes 13 nights-accommodation in a twin room with breakfast (= 930,00 Euro including participation fee of 300,00 Euro)

Both single and twin room accommodations are available on a first-come-first-serve basis upon enrolment. The participation fee (without and with accommodation) has to be paid upon enrollment in December 2017.


The organizers of the Winter School will award a limited number of scholarships. The organizers distinguish between:

  • “full scholarships” covering the accommodation costs in a 3 -bed room for 13 nights plus breakfast in Innsbruck and Bolzano/Bozen and a small contribution towards the participants’ travel expenses (refund after the Winter School). 1-2 scholarships are available.
  • “partial scholarships” covering the accommodation costs in a 3-bed room in Innsbruck and Bolzano/Bozen for 13 nights plus breakfast. Up to 5 scholarships are available.

Scholarships are limited and will be awarded based on merit and need; preference will be given to students and applicants from non-European countries.

Please note that holders of these scholarships are still required to pay a participation fee of € 150,00 upon enrollment. The scholarships will be awarded after all applications have been processed by the end of November 2017.

Cancellation policy

In case of a cancellation after 18 December 2017, the organizers will refund the participation fee minus 10% and minus the incurred costs (e.g. accommodation, visa letter). This cancellation policy will be applied also to the holders of a scholarship.

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