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Routledge Studies in Federalism and Decentralization


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The series publishes outstanding scholarship on federalism and decentralization, defined broadly, and is open to theoretical, empirical, philosophical, and historical works. The series includes two types of work: firstly, it features research monographs that are substantially based on primary research and make a significant original contribution to their field. Secondly, it contains works that address key issues of policy-relevant interest or summarise the research literature and provide a broad comparative coverage.

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Swiss Federalism: The Transformation of a Federal Model

Swiss Federalism: The Transformation of a Federal Model

1st Edition

Adrian Vatter
June 11, 2018

The political and economic crisis of EU integration has made it increasingly apparent how challenging it is to bring together different sovereign cultures, languages and regions into a single political system. Switzerland – being one of the three classic federations in the world – can provide...

Presidents, Governors, and the Politics of Distribution in Federal Democracies: Primus Contra Pares in Argentina and Brazil

Presidents, Governors, and the Politics of Distribution in Federal Democracies: Primus Contra Pares in Argentina and Brazil

1st Edition

Lucas I. González
February 05, 2018

Tensions between central authorities and subnational units over centralization and fiscal autonomy are on top of the political agenda in many developing federal countries. This book examines historical changes in the balance between the resources that presidents and governors control and the...

Emerging Practices in Intergovernmental Functional Assignment

Emerging Practices in Intergovernmental Functional Assignment

1st Edition

Gabriele Ferrazzi, Rainer Rohdewohld
May 30, 2017

Attaining the benefits of (especially fiscal) decentralization in government remains an enduring challenge, in part because the re-arrangement of public functions across levels of government has often been carried out poorly. This book aims to provide a firmer conceptual basis for the...

Ethnic Conflict in Asymmetric Federations: Comparative Experience of the Former Soviet and Yugoslav Regions

Ethnic Conflict in Asymmetric Federations: Comparative Experience of the Former Soviet and Yugoslav Regions

1st Edition

Gorana Grgić
December 19, 2016

In the last years of their existence, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) and the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY) found themselves facing a similar and very grim state of affairs. After their disintegration, the former Yugoslav republics spiralled into a set of ethnic...

Consolidation Policies in Federal States: Conflicts and Solutions

Consolidation Policies in Federal States: Conflicts and Solutions

1st Edition

Dietmar Braun, Christian Ruiz-Palmero, Johanna Schnabel
December 13, 2016

The Global Financial Crisis has led to a renewed attention for the management of public debt and deficits of advanced and developing industrial states. To successfully deal with such problems of public finances raises particular concerns in federal states where fiscal competencies are split between...

Comparative Federalism and Intergovernmental Agreements: Analyzing Australia, Canada, Germany, South Africa, Switzerland and the United States

Comparative Federalism and Intergovernmental Agreements: Analyzing Australia, Canada, Germany, South Africa, Switzerland and the United States

1st Edition

Jeffrey Parker
November 11, 2016

Intergovernmental agreements are an important instrument in federal systems, establishing new social programs, regulating agricultural practices, and even changing constitutions. Despite their importance, there have only been limited attempts to understand agreements in a comparative context or to...

Minority Nations in Multinational Federations: A comparative study of Quebec and Wallonia

Minority Nations in Multinational Federations: A comparative study of Quebec and Wallonia

1st Edition

Min Reuchamps
November 11, 2016

Multinational federations rest on the coexistence of two or more nations within a single polity. Within these federations, minority nations play a significant role as their character differs from the other building blocks of the federation. This edited volume offers a comprehensive comparison of...

Regional Interests and Regional Actors: Wales and Saxony as Modern Regions in Europe

Regional Interests and Regional Actors: Wales and Saxony as Modern Regions in Europe

1st Edition

Jörg Mathias
July 18, 2016

The question of how to organize and manage sustainable regional development has recently come to the fore in many places across the industrialized countries of Central and Western Europe, and especially within the European Union (EU).This book looks at the home-grown natural, economic and social,...

Multinational Federalism and Value Pluralism: The Spanish Case

Multinational Federalism and Value Pluralism: The Spanish Case

1st Edition

Ferran Requejo
February 28, 2016

This book addresses the democratic accommodation of national pluralism through federal rules. The key question is: can federalism be a fair and workable way of articulating multinational societies according to revised liberal-democratic patterns? In recent years, scholarly discussion on this issue...

Federal Democracies

Federal Democracies

1st Edition

Michael Burgess, Alain-G. Gagnon
December 09, 2015

Federal Democracies examines the evolution of the relationship between federalism and democracy. Taking the late 18th century US Federal Experience as its starting-point, the book uses the contributions of Calhoun, Bryce and Proudhon as 19th century conceptual prisms through which we can witness...

The Case for Multinational Federalism: Beyond the all-encompassing nation

The Case for Multinational Federalism: Beyond the all-encompassing nation

1st Edition

Alain-G. Gagnon
June 01, 2013

Throughout the world, liberal-democracies are grappling with increasing claims made in the name of minority national, socio-cultural and ethno-cultural identities that seek greater recognition in the institutions of the nation-state. This work inserts itself into debates centred on diversity...

Federalism and Ethnic Conflict in Ethiopia: A Comparative Regional Study

Federalism and Ethnic Conflict in Ethiopia: A Comparative Regional Study

1st Edition

Asnake Kefale
May 30, 2013

This book examines the impact of the federal restructuring of Ethiopia on ethnic conflicts. The adoption of ethnic federalism in Ethiopia was closely related with the problem of creating a state structure that could be used as instrument of managing the complex ethno-linguistic diversity of the...

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