Federalism

Federalism is a governance system of self-rule and shared rule. It is a state order, which divides and shares power and authority among the national and the regional units. In a federation, the national government (e.g. Austria/Bund) and the member states (e.g. the Austrian Bundesländer) fulfill certain tasks independently from each other and certain tasks together. In federalism, the member states keep a degree of statehood, but are united in an overarching entity, the federation.

Why Federalism?

Bild von Francesco Palermo,
Professor of Comparative Constitutional Law University of Verona
Director - Institute for Comparative Federalism, Eurac Research, Bozen
Because federalism is the most established and effective matrix for managing contemporary complexity.

Francesco Palermo, Professor of Comparative Constitutional Law University of Verona Director - Institute for Comparative Federalism, Eurac Research, Bozen

Bild von Franz Jirka, Unternehmer und Spartenobmann Gewerbe & Handwerk der WK Tirol
Because each federal state has its own particularities and for these particularities, tailor-made, regional solutions are needed.

Franz Jirka, Unternehmer und Spartenobmann Gewerbe & Handwerk der WK Tirol

Bild von Hans Unterdorfer, Member of the Executive Board, Corporate Clients, Erste Bank
Because only well-maintained regional structures make true customer proximity possible. For local banks, this proximity is essential because personal advice on site is and remains the core of their work.

Hans Unterdorfer, Member of the Executive Board, Corporate Clients, Erste Bank

Bild von Anna Gamper, University Professor of Public Law, Political and Administrative Science, Innsbruck
Because common good-oriented and cooperative federalism creates vertical separation of powers, offers citizens more opportunities for democratic participation and conveys identity in a globalized world.

Anna Gamper, University Professor of Public Law, Political and Administrative Science, Innsbruck

Bild von Friedrich Schneider, em. University Professor of Economics, Linz
Because modern federalism gives the states and municipalities revenue and expenditure sovereignty in their areas of responsibility. A reform step that would be urgently needed for Austria.

Friedrich Schneider, em. University Professor of Economics, Linz

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Hui und Pfui


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