Theory and Practice
Routledge – 2005 – 364 pages
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:
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.
1. Federalism and Federation: The Quest for Meaning 2. The American Federal Experience 3. Federalism and Federation: The Origins and Formation of Federal States 4. Federalism, Nationalism and the National State: Legitimacy and the Problem of National Identity 5. The Comparative Study of Federal Political Systems 6. The Anglo-American and European Federal Political Traditions 7. The Concept of Representation in Federalism and Federation 8. Asymmetrical Federalism and Federation 9. The European Union as a Federal Model 10. Federalism, Democracy and the State in the Era of Globalization 11. Success and Failure in Federation 12. Conclusion: Comparative Federalism in Theory and Practice
Michael Burgess heads the Centre for Federal Studies, University of Kent at Canterbury.