1st Edition

Asymmetry, Multinationalism and Constitutional Law Managing Legitimacy and Stability in Federalist States

By Maja Sahadžić Copyright 2021
    280 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    280 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book examines the link between constitutional asymmetry and multinationalism and the effects asymmetry produces on legitimacy and stability in federal and quasi-federal systems. This is done through a structured and exhaustive comparative analysis, covering states in Africa, America, Asia, and Europe.

    Contrary to traditional federal theory, contemporary scholars have linked constitutional asymmetry with multinational federal systems, by presenting asymmetry as a mechanism for diversity management. This book offers insights on whether and how constitutional asymmetry is linked with multinationalism and looks into the socio-economic, cultural-ideological, historical, and separatist factors that support the emergence of asymmetries. The work also provides a legal analysis of whether constitutional asymmetry is a condition or a threat to legitimacy and stability in federal systems.

    The book will be essential reading for academics, researchers, and policy-makers in law and political science interested in the fields of constitutional law, federal theory, multinationalism, and minorities.


    Chapter 1: Inception;

    Chapter 2: A theoretical framework about constitutional asymmetry in multi-tiered multinational systems;

    Chapter 3: Analyzing the link between constitutional asymmetry and multi-tiered multinational systemsChapter 4: A conceptual approach to dynamic legitimacy and stabilityChapter 5: Constitutional asymmetry vs. legitimacy and stability;

    Chapter 6: Conclusions;



    Maja Sahadžić is research fellow and guest professor at the University of Antwerp. Her work experience includes earlier academic positions at the universities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, and the United States of America. She has also worked as a lawyer, policy advisor, expert in practice, consultant, and journalist.

    So far, she has published within the field of comparative constitutional law, asymmetrical federalism, multilevel governance, multinational societies, alternative conflict solutions, extreme constitutionalism, diplomacy, and terrorism and security.

    In 2018, she received the Ronald Watts Award for the best article in federalism.