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Comparative Federalism: Theory and Practice

Burgess, Michael (2006) Comparative Federalism: Theory and Practice. Routledge, London, 357 pp. ISBN 0-415-36454-X. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:283)

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A new examination of contemporary federalism and federation, which delivers a detailed theoretical study underpinned by fresh case studies.

It is grounded in a clear distinction between 'federations', particular kinds of states, and 'federalism', the thinking that drives and promotes them. It also details the origins, formation, evolution and operations of federal political interests, through an authoritative series of chapters that:

* Analyze the conceptual bases of federalism and federation through the evolution of the intellectual debate on federalism; the American Federal experience; the origins of federal states; and the relationship between state-building and national integration.

* Explore comparative federalism and federation by looking at five main pathways into comparative analysis with empirical studies on the US, Canada, Australia, India, Malaysia, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the EU.

* Explore the pathology of federations, looking failures and successes, the impact of globalization.

The final chapter also presents a definitive assessment of federal theory. This book will be of great interest to students and researchers of federalism, devolution, comparative politics and government.

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Additional information: The book uses a comparative approach to explore the contemporary nature and meanings of federalism and federation. It provides both a detailed theoretical examination and fresh case studies and clearly distinguishes between ‘federation’ as a particular kind of state and ‘federalism’ as the thinking that drives and promotes it. In order to explore comparative federalism and federation, it looks at five main pathways into comparative analysis via a series of empirical studies on the United States, Canada, Germany, Australia, Switzerland, Belgium, Malaysia, Austria and India, concluding with an assessment of federalism as part of democratic theory.
Subjects: J Political Science > JF Political institutions and public administration
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Alison Webster
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2007 18:08 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 09:39 UTC
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