Patrick Utz

Research Fellow, Centre on Constitutional Change
University of Edinburgh
Research Fellow

Biography

Patrick Utz is a PhD student in Politics at the University of Edinburgh and a research assistant at the Centre on Constitutional Change. His research focuses on minority nationalism and kin-state involvement in the European Union.

Before joining the University of Edinburgh, Patrick completed his MA at the University of Vienna and worked for the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation ORF.

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Posts by this author

Half in, half out? Sinn Féin’s “all-Ireland” strategy in the European Elections

CCC Fellow Patrick Utz (University of Edinburgh) looks at how Sinn Féin approach the European elections in both parts of Ireland.
Maximilianeum

Bavaria's Regional Earthquake Causes Tremors in Berlin

Bavaria’s long-dominant party, the conservative Christian Social Union (CSU), has reached its worst election result in 60 years. As well as causing a headache for Angela Merkel, argues Patrick Utz, this political earthquake reveals Bavaria’s predicament between regionalism and populism,.
Austrian Flag Wall

Austrian Federal Reform Stops Before It Starts

The promise of ‘change’ was key for the Austrian Christian democrats’ landslide victory in last year’s general elections. Recent sub-state elections, however, have perpetuated the influence of incumbent governors – and their power to veto reforms of Austria’s federal system. In light of current electoral dynamics, Patrick Utz analyses the (limited) potential for federal reforms in Austria.
Say No EU

How the EU has Changed Politics in Northern Ireland

The twentieth anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement has been overshadowed by questions concerning the Irish border and the relationship between the North and South of Ireland in the wake of Brexit. Patrick Utz reflects on the volatile relationship between Northern Ireland’s communities and European integration.
Tyrol

Dual citizenship for Italy’s German minority: innovative multiculturalism or a threat to territorial autonomy?

CCC Researcher Patrick Utz asks what it would mean for German-speaking South Tyroleans to hold an Austrian passport besides their Italian one, and what are the implication for the existing autonomy provisions in Italy’s northernmost province.
Northern Italy Map

Referendums in Northern Italy: Electoral Test Run or Trigger for Constitutional Change?

The 2017 referendums in the northern Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto may have received less international attention than events in Catalonia, says Patrick Utz, but they will have implications for the future of Lega Nord, Italian territorial politics and the future of austerity.