Federalism and territorial politics


Dr. Oscar Mazzoleni

Dr. Sean Müller

Dr. Oliver Dlabac

This working group contributes to the study and discussion of federalism and territorial politics broadly conceived, thereby including local and regional governments, Swiss and comparative federalism, and the territoriality of political parties and elites in their struggle for power. In its current form, the working group has existed since summer 2011.
Although based in Switzerland, we very much encourage comparative analyses. We operate based on a rotating principle whereby the annual theme of our meetings is defined by either “classic” federalism, local and urban government studies, or territorial politics.

Each year we invite and fully fund one keynote speaker to introduce the theme of the year and comment on all papers presented:

• 2012: “Federalism & Territorial Politics”; keynote speaker: Prof. Michael Burgess, University of Kent/UK
• 2013: “Multilevel Party Organisations: Examining the Role of Political Parties in Federal and Decentralised Political Systems”; Prof. Kris Deschouwer, Free University Brussels
• 2014: “Local and Urban Politics in Multilevel Systems”; Prof. Anders Lidström, Umeå University
• 2015 (Congress of the French-speaking PSAs): “Multilevel Candidate Selection” and “Regional Power: Actors and Institutions”, together with the two Belgian working groups “EPOP” and “Fédéralismes, régionalismes et décentralisations”, respectively. Keynote speaker: Prof. Giulia Sandri, Université Catholique de Lille
• 2016: “Local and Urban Political Elites in Multilevel Systems”; Prof. Colin Copus, De Montfort University, Leicester
• 2016 (Dreiländertagung): „Föderalismus, Regionalismus und territoriale Solidarität“ (TBC)

The Convenors: Oscar Mazzoleni, University of Lausanne; Sean Müller, University of Bern; Oliver Dlabac, University of Zurich