The Centre for Studies on Federalism (CSF) was founded on November 2000, it is currently a foundation, with the Compagnia di San Paolo and the Universities of Turin, Pavia and Milan as founders, and the Turin Polytechnic as co-founder.
The CSF aims to be a think tank that carries out activities of interdisciplinary research, documentation, information regarding domestic and supra-national federalism and developments in the area of regional and continental integration – first and foremost the European Union – and problems related to the world order and to the process of democratisation of the international system.
The Centre’s mission is to promote the diffusion of knowledge in the field of studies on federalism, also to feed the public debate and the activity of decision-makers, confronted with demands for autonomy on the part of local government coupled with the forms of regional and world integration needed to govern global processes.
Housed in the new headquarters of Collegio Carlo Alberto in Turin, the CSF works together with its associated Universities, with other Italian and foreign universities and research centres, and with private and public organisations. Since May 2018, the CSF has also set up its own office in Brussels, in agreement with Compagnia di San Paolo.
The Centre’s Library, including roughly 14,000 volumes, in 2013 was merged into the “Gianni Merlini European Library”, at the Luigi Einaudi Campus of the University of Turin. Since 2016, it has become the “Gianni Merlini European Section” of the Norberto Bobbio Library, in the same venue.