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Emerging Federal States – Can Collapse Be Avoided?

21 June 2023 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am

In the last decades, the number of federal states has grown substantially. Almost half of the world’s population now lives in federal countries which have emerged in all parts of the world.

As the number of federal countries has grown, so has the interest in them – both from an academic as well as a political perspective. How do federal structures emerge, and how do nascent federal arrangements function in practice? Why do they regress? How can federalization processes be strengthened?

Sabine Kropp and Soeren Keil discuss some of these questions based on a number of in-depth case studies in their recent book Emerging Federal Structures in the Post-Cold War Era. This webinar has the objective to present and discuss some of the comparative findings of this book as well as their relevance for both future research and the design and implementation of federal structures.

Register on Zoom to participate. The webinar will be also live-streamed on YouTube.


 Guiding questions of our webinar are:

· Are their conditions for stable federal structures and if so, what do they look like?

· What can be done to prevent the collapse or regression of federal structures?

· How can processes of federalization be strengthened?

· In practical terms, what is needed in terms of further research?



Prof. Sabine Kropp, Freie Universität Berlin

Dr. Sören Keil, Institute of Federalism, Fribourg

Dr. Karlos Basta, University of Edinburgh

Sisay Kinfe, Center for Federalism and Governance Studies of Addis Ababa University

Discussion Moderator: Felix Knüpling, Forum of Federations



21 June 2023
8:00 am - 9:30 am


Zoom / Youtube
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