A research centre focused on federalism has a unique position among Italian research institutes, which is, however, in line with other similar centres at international level. Our main areas of interest are the study of the distribution and balance of powers and responsibilities and resources in regional as well as multi-level governance settings, something which is typical of many contemporary states and areas. 

The Centre for Studies on Federalism (CSF) has increasingly focused its activities on a limited number of areas of research and action, further exploring some key issues at the domestic, European and supranational level. The programme for 2021 centres around four areas: 

  • Domestic Federalism;
  • Economy and Development;
  • Security and Defence;
  • Governance of Globalisation;

These are interdependent, interdisciplinary as well as multi-level areas, as shown in the following pages from the 2021 Programme Guidelines, which were approved by the founding members of the CSF on October 30th, 2020. 

For an overview of the CSF’s projects and activities, please see (in Italian): 

Linee programmatiche 2021

Rapporto sull’attività 2019 
Rapporto sull'attività 2018 

Rapporto sull'attività 2017

The transformations in modern society, from a socio-economic and political standpoint, have led to a crisis with regard to the traditional structure of the nation state. Its powers have been eroded from the top down, in favour of new international power centres and institutions, and from the bottom up, with the increasingly insistent demand for decentalisation in favour of local government.

One of the Centre’s priorities is the study of these processes with a view to forging links with the academic world, political parties, trade unions, employers’ and sectoral organisations, the general public, local authorities and national, European and international institutions.
With these objectives in mind, beginning in May of 2002, the Centre has promoted a series of seminars and conferences also in collaboration with other research organisations. The aim is to provide an occasion for an in-depth debate on such issues, also involving public opinion, which is often distracted or misinformed with respect to these seemingly distant processes which have instead a direct influence on the lives of all citizens.

Previous publications are available in the webarchiving section of our website

ISSN: 2038-0623

In this section you can download the PDF version of our previous and current research projects' papers.
A complete list of projects carried out by the Centro Studi sul Federalismo's researchers and their professional profiles are available in the sections Researchers

Previous publications are available in the webarchiving section of our website

 The institutional architecture of the European Union (EU) and the different decision-making procedures regulating European policies pose several questions on the existence of a government for the Union and the nature of such government. In recent years, following important changes in the European institutional structure and balances, the topic has arisen repeatedly in the political and academic debate.

This joint project led by Centro Studi sul Federalismo (CSF) and Istituto Affari Internazionali intends to investigate the current structure of the EU system of governance/government in its different policy areas and related topics: (1) Supranationalism and intergovernamentalism; (2) Representation and Democracy; (3) The challenges of differentiated integration; (4) Economic governance; (5) Europe in the World.

The project will also tackle the future developments of the European mechanism of governance, putting forward a series of policy and institutional recommendations for the medium and long term, aimed primarily at improving the democratic nature and the effectiveness of the European decision-making processes.

The contributions of leading national and international experts will be published in a CSF/IAI paper series and available on the institutes’ websites. One seminar in Rome and one international conference in Brussels will be held in 2016 to present the results of the project.

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It is a collaboration between the Istituto Dirpolis of Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna di Pisa and the Centre for Studies on Federalism of Turin, this research project dedicated to the issues of federalism and Global Governance, coordinated by Federico Fabbrini, Serena Giusti and Giuseppe Martinico.
The program includes both interactive activities (conferences, seminars, debates) and research, which are included in the new CSF-SSSUP Working Paper Series.


The Policy Papers of the Centre for Studies on Federalism offer a series of documents based on in-progress researches and aiming at informing and involving both scholars and a wider audience, spreading data, ideas and proposals, and stimulating the cultural and scientific debate, as well as the political, social and economic reflection and confrontation.In brief, the Discussion Papers present research papers still under elaboration, with the aim of elaborating more structured and complete documents (research papers), available on the institutional website of the Centre for Studies on Federalism.

Previous publications are available in the webarchiving section of our website

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