RC28 facilitates the pursuit of comparative research and scholarship on federalism, intrastate regionalism, decentralization, and multilevel governance.
This includes the conceptual, theoretical, and empirical analysis of territorial power-sharing as well as the normative discussion of its implications.
Topics of particular interest to RC28 are the constitutional division of powers; temporal dynamics of centralisation and decentralisation; legislative, administrative, and fiscal intergovernmental relations; multilevel political behaviour and policy-making; and territorially-based ethnic, cultural, linguistic, and religious diversity.
Our comparative attention spans federal, confederal, quasi-federal, as well as unitary systems, including supra-state political bodies.
We collaborate closely with the other IPSA research committees, in particular RC01 – Concepts and Methods; RC05 – Comparative Studies on Local Government and Politics; RC14 – Politics and Ethnicity; RC15 – Political and Cultural Geography; RC23 – Elections, Citizens, and Parties; RC30 – Comparative Public Policy; and RC50 – The Politics of Language.
We also collaborate with other prominent scholarly networks in the field, in particular APSA’s Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations organised group, ECPR’s standing group on Federalism and Regionalism, and the International Association of Centers for Federal Studies (IACFS).
Our aims, membership, structure, and processes are governed by a set of bylaws.