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Dynamic De/Centralization in Federations: Comparative Conclusions

Dardanelli, Paolo, Kincaid, John, Fenna, Alan, Kaiser, André, Lecours, André, Singh, Ajay Kumar, Mueller, Sean, Vogel, Stephan (2019) Dynamic De/Centralization in Federations: Comparative Conclusions. Publius: The Journal of Federalism, 49 (1). pp. 194-219. ISSN 0048-5950. E-ISSN 1747-7107. (doi:10.1093/publius/pjy037) (KAR id:64343)

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This article develops a conceptual, methodological and theoretical framework for analyzing dynamic de/centralization in federations. It first reviews the literature and outlines the research design and methods adopted. It then conceptualizes static de/centralization and describes the seven-point coding scheme we employed to measure it across twenty-two policy areas and five fiscal categories at ten-year intervals since the establishment of a federation. The subsequent section conceptualizes dynamic de/centralization and discusses its five main properties: direction, magnitude, form, tempo, and instruments. Drawing from several strands of the literature, the article lastly identifies seven categories of causal determinants of dynamic de/centralization, from which we derive hypotheses for assessment.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1093/publius/pjy037
Projects: Why Centralisation and Decentralisation in Federations?
Uncontrolled keywords: Federalism, de/centralisation, de/centralization, decentralisation, decentralization, centralisation, centralization, Australia, Canada, Germany, India, Switzerland, United States
Subjects: J Political Science
J Political Science > JF Political institutions and public administration
J Political Science > JK Political institutions and public administration (United States)
J Political Science > JL Political institutions and public adminsitration (Canada, Latin America, etc.)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions and public administration (Europe)
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions and public administrations (Asia, Africa, Australia, Pacific Area, etc.)
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Funders: Swiss National Science Foundation (
Leverhulme Trust (
Depositing User: Paolo Dardanelli
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2017 13:10 UTC
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2022 10:41 UTC
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