Fiscal Federalism and Fiscal Decentralization in Europe

Fiscal Federalism and Fiscal Decentralisation in Europe. Comparative Case Studies on Spain, Austria, the United Kingdom and Italy. Foster Europe International Studies Series, Vol. 2. Innsbruck, 2014.

The fiscal aspects of organizing a state are central for shaping state–citizen as well as center–region relationships. The quality of fiscal regimes and its acceptance among the different actors in federal and decentralized states can be crucial for ensuring the continuance of states. 

Debating Fiscal Federalism in Europe can no longer be limited to federal states. The phenomenon of strong federal elements in non-federal states especially materializes in the realm of fiscal affairs. Today Europe is witnessing in this very aspect one of the most important challenges to the model of the nation state.

Leading European scholars examine the state of fiscal decentralization in selected European states and point out key challenges in the fiscal arrangement of center–region relations in Europe.

Published: in 2014


  • Elisabeth Alber, Researcher at the European Academy of Bolzano/Bozen 
  • Eurfyl ap Gwilym, Welsh politician of Plaid Cymru 
  • Helfired Bauer, former head of the „KDZ - Centre for Public Administration Research
  • Gian Angelo Bellati, Director of the Association of Chambers of Commerce of Veneto 
  • Merce Corretja, Associate Professor and Head of Research in the IEA
  • Ana Herrero Alcalde, Professor at UNED 
  • Charlie Jeffery, Professor of Politics, Director of the Academy of Government
  • Mario Kölling, Garcia Pelayo Researcher at the Centro de Estudios Politicos y Constitucionales (CEPC)
  • Stefan Agusut Lütgenau, founding director of the Foster Europe Foundation for strong European Regions, historian
  • Hans Pitlik, Research staff member at WIFO 
  • Giancarlo Pola, professor of Public Finance at the University of Ferrara
  • Friedrich Georg Schneider, Professor of Economics at  Institute of Economic Policy, Johannes Kepler University of Linz
  • Alan Trench, Professor of Politics at the University of Ulster
  • Alice Valdesalici, Researcher, EURAC - European Academy of Bolzano/Bozen 
  • Juan Zornoza, Professor at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Department of Public and State Law, Taxation