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Consolidation Policies in Federal States

Conflicts and Solutions

By Dietmar Braun, Christian Ruiz-Palmero, Johanna Schnabel

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304 pages | 19 B/W Illus.

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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 two levels of government.

This book offers comparative in-depth knowledge of political struggles related to fiscal consolidation policies in eleven federal states since the 1990s, including the Global Financial Crisis and its aftermath. It identifies conditions that lead to "robust" solutions that can both commit federal actors to prudent fiscal policy-making and avoid conflicts between federal actors that cause federal instability.

This text will be of key interest to scholars and students of political economy and comparative politics in general and comparative federalism and EU Politics in particular.

Reviews

"…a rich empirical collection that scholars of fiscal federalism will much appreciate. The eclectic combination of concepts in the book’s analytical framework allows for a rather flexible empirical investigation that is adapted to each country… This approach results in broad and rich empirical analyses…" - Fabio Wasserfallen, University of Salzburg and University of Zurich, Book Review in Swiss Political Science Review (2018) Vol. 24(2): 204-214.

Table of Contents

Part I

1. Introduction

2. Concepts

Part II: Introduction to Case Studies

3. Canada

4. Switzerland

5. USA

6. Australia

7. Germany

8. Austria

9. Belgium

10. Spain

11. Argentina

12. Brazil

13. India

Part III

14. Comparative Insights and Theoretical Observations

About the Authors

Dietmar Braun is Professor of Comparative Political Science at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Historiques et Internationales of the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

Christian Ruiz-Palmero is a PhD Candidate at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Historiques et Internationales of the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

Johanna Schnabel is a PhD Candidate at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Historiques et Internationales of the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Federalism and Decentralization

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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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General