Volume 24: Austrian Federalism in Comparative Perspective
[Contemporary Austrian Studies]
With its ambiguous mix of weak federalist and strong centralist elements, the Austrian constitutional architecture has been subject to conﬂicting interpretations and claims from its very beginning. The written 1920 constitution has been paralleled by informal rules and forces making up for the imbalance of power between national and subnational authorities. Understanding these inherent weaknesses, virtually all political actors involved are well aware that reforming the allocation of rights and duties between the different levels in the federal state is urgently needed.