The consortium consists of ten partners in Europe and one in Canada. It covers different disciplines and approaches.

Eurac Research - Italy

The Institute for Comparative Federalism at Eurac Research analyses how complex societies are organised and how decisions are made, to provide solutions at the local and global level on how to improve the democratic efficiency of institutions and policies. Read more

Eurac Research is a private research centre based in Bolzano/Bozen, Italy, with more than 600 international researchers from a wide variety of scientific fields.
Eurac Research is the administrative coordinator of LEGITIMULT (WP9) and leads Shaping the Future – from Project to Practice (WP7). Eurac Research is also supporting WP1, WP2, WP3, WP4, WP5, WP6, WP7, WP8 and WP9.

Universitetet i Bergen - Norway

The University of Bergen (UiB) is a young, modern university with about 18.000 students and 4.000 faculty and staff, making it a medium sized European university. Read more

Arjan H. Schakel and Bilal Hassan from the Department of Comparative Politics are responsible for Dataset and Quantitative Analysis (WP1) which will develop a coding scheme to trace the involvement of subnational governments in the Covid-19 government responses. They will also develop a quantitative dataset to analyse the impact of subnational involvement on the democratic quality of decision-making during the Covid-19 crisis. Arjan and Bilal are members of the Centre on Regional Democratic Governance (CREDGOV) which is a research centre that conducts cutting-edge research on regional democracy and that actively engages with policy-makers to improve regional democracy. The team of the Centre on Regional Democratic Governance collects a set of data on elections, parties, parliaments, governments and institutions at the regional level and this data is made available through the Observatory on Regional Democracy and through the European Regional Democray Map.

UiB is also supporting WP2, WP3, WP5, WP6, WP7, WP8 and WP9.

Universiteit Leiden - the Netherlands

Leiden University was founded in 1575 and is one of the leading international research universities in Europe. The University has seven faculties and a campus in both Leiden and The Hague. Read more

Their motto is Praesidium Libertatis – Bastion of Freedom. The Governance and Global Affairs Faculty of the University of Leiden studies current topics such as climate change, terrorism and economic crises. With its interdisciplinary approach, the faculty connects with the surrounding national and international organisations.

ULEI leads From Crisis Management to Legitimate Crisis Governance in MLG
Systems (WP2).

ULEI also supports WP1, WP5, WP6, WP7, WP8 and WP9.

Inštitut za narodnostna vprašanja - Slovenia

The Institute for Ethnic Studies (IES / Inštitut za narodnostna vprašanja – INV), founded as the Minority Institute (Ml) in 1925 is a leading independent public research institute and documentation centre for ethnic
and minority studies in Central Europe. It is one of the oldest institutes of its kind in Europe and in the world. Read more

IES leads Legitimate Crisis Governance in the Context of Human Rights, Minority Rights and the Principle of Non-Discrimination (WP4).

IES also supports WP1WP7, WP8 and WP9.

Universiteit Antwerpen - Belgium

The University of Antwerp is a young and dynamic, fully accredited Belgian university, characterised by its high standards in education, internationally competitive research and entrepreneurial approach.Read more

By integrating high-level scientific expertise from five disciplines (political sciences,
communication sciences, law, economics, public administration),
UAntwerp’s GOVTRUST Centre of Excellence aims to provide a substantial contribution to the knowledge on the dynamics, causes and effects of trust and distrust between actors in multilevel governance by conducting frontline interdisciplinary research.
UAnt leads Legitimate Crisis Governance and Trust (WP5).

UAnt also supports WP1, WP2, WP4WP7, WP8 and WP9.

Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia - Spain

The National Distance Education University (UNED)’s mission is the public service of higher education through the modality of distance education.
UNED is the leader in the implementation of cutting-edge technologies applied to learning, with the largest offer of virtual courses in Spain.Read more

The Department of Political Science and the Department of Applied Economics have a long experience in the analysis of multilevel governance systems. Based on this experience, the UNED team will work on the study of the political legitimacy of Covid 19 measures using different quantitative and qualitative methods.

UNED leads Legitimate Crisis Governance and Economic Sustainability

UNED also supports WP1WP7, WP8 and WP9.

Freie Universität Berlin - Germany

The Freie Universität Berlin owes its founding, in 1948, to international support, and international impulses have shaped the university’s research activities and student life ever since.Read more

Freie Universität Berlin is a full-spectrum university, comprising twelve departments and three Central Institutes. The Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science (OSI) at Freie Universität Berlin, established in 1959, is the largest department of political science in Germany with staff researching and teaching a broad range of topics including German and European politics, international relations, area studies, and environmental studies.

FUB supports WP1, WP2WP5, WP6, WP7, WP8 and WP9.


Sveučilište u Zagrebu Fakultet Političkih Znanosti - Croatia

The Political Science Faculty of the University of Zagreb (FPZG) is the flagship educational institution in Croatia with 31 faculties, 3 art academies and various university centres and departments.Read more

As the oldest Faculty of Political Science in Central, Eastern and South-East Europe, FPZG is an academic institution whose mission is acquisition and transfer of knowledge about the Croatian state and politics, society, media and its international environment.

FPZG supports WP1WP4, WP7, WP8 and WP9.

International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance - Sweden

International IDEA is an intergovernmental organisation with 34 Member States that seeks to strengthen democratic institutions and processes worldwide.Read more

International IDEA is focused in the impact areas of electoral processes, constitution-building, and political participation. IDEA executes its goals by (1) developing comparative knowledge resources to advance policy and enable actions; and (2) providing technical assistance to democratic reformers on the ground in more than 60 countries.
The organisation works with a wide range of stakeholders including policymakers, global, national and sub-national actors, and civil society. The Democracy Assessment Unit (DA) is responsible for LEGITIMULT.

IDEA supports WP1,WP3,WP5, WP7, WP8 and WP9.

Université de Fribourg - Switzerland Associated Partner

The University of Fribourg encompasses five faculties where people study, teach and research. As the only bilingual university in Switzerland, the University of Fribourg offers a wide range of courses of study in French, German or both.Read more

The Institute of Federalism at the University of Fribourg is a nationally and internationally renowned, politically independent centre of expertise in matters of state organisation. As such, it develops the academic foundations concerning the tasks of a state and the conflicts of interest it is exposed to: fulfilling the state functions in line with the demands and in an economically sound manner; acting with democratic legitimacy; coping with a pluralistic society and respecting the rights of individuals and minorities.

UNIFR leads The Making and Breaking of Rules in Crisis Situations: The Rule
of Law and Democratic Participation (WP3) and Dissemination and Communication (WP8).

UNIFR also supports WP1WP4WP7 and WP9.

The Forum of Federations - Canada Associated Partner

The Forum is an international organization that develops and shares comparative expertise on the practice of federal and decentralized governance through a global network.Read more

The mission of the Forum is to strengthen democratic and inclusive governance in established and emerging federal and multilevel countries through knowledge creation and sharing, capacity development, and supporting policy implementation processes. 

ForFed supports WP7, WP8 and WP9.