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Dynamic Federalism
A New Theory for Cohesion and Regional Autonomy

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ISBN 9780367652821
March 8, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
328 Pages

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Book Description

This book offers a new theory of federalism.

The work critically discusses traditional federal theories and builds on theories that focus on the dynamics of federalism. The book offers a definition of federalism and federal organizations that encompass both new and old types of multi-tiered system. Unlike traditional federal theory, it is well-suited to research both multinational and mono-national systems. Also, it takes into account the complexity of these systems, with bodies of governance at the local, regional, national and supranational level. The book is divided in three parts. A first part outlines the contours of dynamic federalism, based on a critical overview of traditional federal theory. The second part develops comprehensive indexes to measure autonomy and cohesion of multi-tiered systems. The third part focuses on the dynamics of federal organizations, with a special focus on institutional hubs for change.

The book will be an essential resource for legal, social, economic and political scholars interested in federalism, regionalism and de/centralization.

Table of Contents


Part I. Theoretical framework

Chapter 1. What is federalism? In search of building blocks for a new federal theory

Chapter 2. Dynamic Federalism: ‘Federalism as a Process’ Revisited

Part II. Measuring Cohesion and Autonomy

Chapter 3. Preliminary notes on the indicators: representation, and the Belgian case study

Chapter 4. Status

Chapter 5. Powers

Chapter 6. Fiscal arrangements

Part III. Measuring change

Chapter 7. Contours for a theory of change

Chapter 8. Institutional hubs for change

Conclusion: Findings and way forward

Appendix: Showcase – Belgium

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Patricia Popelier is full professor at the law faculty of the University of Antwerp, director of the research group of government and law and co-promoter of the interdisciplinary Centre of Excellence TRUSTGOV. She is also senior research fellow at the University of Kent, Centre for Federal Studies. She is the vice-president of the International Association of Legislation (IAL) and president of the Flemish Interuniversity Center of Legislation (ICW), convenor of the standing research group on subnational constitutions in federal and quasi-federal systems of the International Association of Constitutional Law