The Centre for Studies on Federalism (CSF) was founded on November 2000, it is actually a foundation under the auspices of the Compagnia di San Paolo (one of the largest foundations in Europe) and the Universities of Turin, Pavia and Milan.
The CSF aims to be a think tank that carries out activities of interdisciplinary research, documentation, information regarding domestic and supra-national federalism and developments in the area of regional and continental integration – first and foremost the European Union – and problems related to the world order and to the process of democratisation of the international system.
The Centre’s mission is to promote the diffusion of knowledge in the field of studies on federalism, also to feed the public debate and the activity of decision-makers, confronted with demands for autonomy on the part of local government coupled with the forms of regional and world integration needed to govern global processes.
Housed in the new headquarters of Collegio Carlo Alberto in Turin, the CSF works together with its associated Universities, with other Italian and foreign universities and research centres, and with private and public organisations. Since May 2018, the CSF has also set up its own office in Brussels, in agreement with Compagnia di San Paolo.
The Centre’s Library, including roughly 14,000 volumes, since 2013 is part of the “European Section Gianni Merlini” of the Norberto Bobbio Library, at the Luigi Einaudi Campus of the University of Turin.