What is the Winter School about?
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 and one week at the European Academy of Bolzano/Bozen (EURAC), 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.
Who Can Participate?
The Winter School is open to all nationalities and is designed for those who wish to upgrade their knowledge through an interdisciplinary and comparative approach, including:
- post-docs, postgraduate students and young researchers
- 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.
What To Expect In Innsbruck And Bolzano/Bozen?
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
- study visits to political institutions
- interactive workshops and a public lecture
- The Winter School is held entirely in English
- Univ.-Prof. Dr. Anna Gamper
Full Professor at the Department of Public Law, State and Administrative Theory at the Faculty of Law, University of Innsbruck.
- Prof. Dr. Francesco Palermo
Head of the EURAC Institute for Studies on Federalism and Regionalism in Bolzano/Bozen and Professor of Comparative Public Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Verona.
- Univ.-Prof. DDr. Günther Pallaver
Full Professor at the School of Political Science and Sociology, University of Innsbruck.
Dates and venues
- 1-5 February 2016 in Innsbruck (Tyrol, Austria)
- 8-12 February 2016 in Bolzano/Bozen (South Tyrol, Italy)
The first week of the Winter School (1-5 February 2016) 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 (8-12 February 2016) at the Institute for Studies on Federalism and Regionalism of the European Academy Bolzano/Bozen (EURAC), Italy. The Winter School will last two weeks that 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 objectives
The 2016 edition of the Winter School will focus on "Conflict and Cooperation in Federal Systems". The two week programme 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), special attention will be paid to recent secessionist movements in Europe and possibilities for their solution.
Beside numerous opportunities for discussion with renowned experts on multilevel governance throughout the lectures, interactive sessions will also offer participants the chance to share knowledge among themselves. Workshops will address asymmetries in multilevel systems, financial relations, political parties, as well as the policy field of environmental protection.
The Winter School will examine a series of issues:
- How can federalism be used to improve mediate conflicts between territories?
- Which role can courts play in managing conflicts in multilevel systems?
- What are the characteristics of successful models of cooperative federalism?
- To what extent are second chambers a tool to integrate subnational entities?
- How can intergovernmental bodies be used to prevent conflicts?
- Is territorial autonomy in divided societies a tool for conflict or cooperation?
- What is the role of political parties in intergovernmental relations?
- What can constitutions offer vis-à-vis secessionist movements?
- What lessons can be learned from comparative practice?
- The Winter School 2016 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 and multilevel governance.
Workshops during the Winter School
For half a day of the Winter School the group of participants will be divided into four workshops in which they will discuss different topics with experts on...
B) Fiscal Relations
C) Political Parties
D) Policy field: Environment
Applicants must select one of these four topics to be discussed in the workshop and submit an abstract in the application form (please see further details at Application).
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!). The best papers will be considered for publication. Further details will be available during the Winter School.
The participation fee for the Winter School on Federalism and Governance 2016 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 (Saturday, 6th February 2016), 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.
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 enrolment in December 2015.
If desired, the accommodation in Innsbruck and Bolzano/Bozen can be arranged through the Winter School organizers (see single and twin room options above). 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 will have to organize their accommodation themselves.
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 or 4-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). max. 3 scholarships are available.
- Partial Scholarships - covering the accommodation costs in a 3 or 4-bed room in Innsbruck and Bolzano/Bozen for 13 nights plus breakfast. max. 7 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 enrolment. The scholarships will be awarded after all applications have been processed by the end of November 2015.
Cancellation policy: In case of a cancellation after 6 January 2016, the organizers will refund the participation fee minus 10% and minus the incurred costs.
For more information click "Further official information" below.