Comparative Federalism: Theory and Practice
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 at 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.
evolution of the intellectual debate on federalism, the American federal experience, the origins of federal states and the relationship between statebuilding and national integration; explores comparative federalism and federation, looking at five main pathways into comparative analysis via empirical studies on the USA, Canada, Australia, India, Malaysia, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the EU; explores the pathology of federations – looking at failures, successes and the impact of
constitution, and the intention of its framers – and that consequently the State sovereignties would be eventually annihilated, though the forms may long remain as expensive and burdensome remembrances.34 Patrick Henry focused his anti-federalist mind upon the very legitimacy of the whole historic event when he urged those in the Virginia Ratifying Convention to ask themselves precisely how and according to whose authority they had allowed themselves to arrive at such a fateful destination.
both federal and national elements. And it is important to remember that the ideas that supported the original federalist position ‘have long retained their vitality in American politics’: 66 Concept and meaning the federal elements which have found their way into the Constitution have always supplied historical and legal support to recurring expressions of the traditional federalist view. It is necessary to acknowledge the survival of this view and the grounds for its survival. But it is
the federation or whether it would effectively suffocate and ultimately assimilate them via a combination of malicious indifference, wilful neglect or genuine absent-mindedness. Furthermore, in circumstances in which a national majority successfully – even if subconsciously – equated itself with the overarching federal political nationality, the effect would be to displace and marginalise distinct minority nationalisms. In Canada, for example, the historical propensity for some anglophone
whenever they differ everything will be decided by a struggle for ascendancy between the rivals.7 While virtually only a passing reflection upon the nature of federal government, Mill’s contribution to the analytical debate retains its utility to our survey for the focus that it placed upon the important preconditions of federation as well as upon the significance of representation in federal studies. These remain of critical importance to contemporary accounts of federalism and federation.