Federalism in the making. Federalism in de-making.

8 maggio 2018
8 maggio 2018
Scuola di Studi Internazionali - Program Office
Via Tommaso Gar, 14 I-38122 Trento
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Luogo: Scuola di Studi Internazionali, via T. Gar 14, Aula 114
Ora: dalle 14.15 alle 16.00

Guest Speaker

  • Francesco Palermo, Direttore dell'Istituto di studi federali comparati, EURAC Research, Bolzano


The inaugural Eurac Federalism lecture looks at the basics of federal system by challenging some clichés. In the first part, the traditional ways to form federal systems – coming-together and holding-together – will be critically looked at. In fact, these two models of “making” federalism deeply differ in time, purpose and institutional functioning. In the second part, the challenges of “making federalism by de-making” are dealt with. First, examples of holding-together federalism and current challenges such as independence trends are analysed. Second, the question is asked as to whether, in such systems, ethnicity does trump governance. Finally, the apparently exceptional case of the EU is looked at, arguing that coming-together federalism is no longer an option in the contemporary world.



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