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Federal Democracies

1st Edition

Edited by Michael Burgess, Alain-G. Gagnon


368 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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Federal Democracies examines the evolution of the relationship between federalism and democracy. Taking the late 18th century US Federal Experience as its starting-point, the book uses the contributions of Calhoun, Bryce and Proudhon as 19th century conceptual prisms through which we can witness the challenges and changes made to the meaning of this relationship. The book then goes on to provide a series of case studies to examine contemporary examples of federalism and includes chapters on Canada, USA, Russia, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland and the emerging European Union. It features two further case studies on Minority Nations and a Federal Europe, and concludes with two chapters providing comparative empirical and theoretical perspectives, and comparative reflections on federalism and democracy.

Bringing together international experts in the field this book will be vital reading for students and scholars of federalism, comparative politics and government.

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors Preface 1. Introduction: federalism and democracy - Michael Burgess and Alain-G. Gagnon Part I 2. Democracy and federation in the Federalist Papers - Iain Hampsher Monk 3. ‘Togetherness’ in multinational federal democracies: Tocqueville, Proudhon and the theoretical gap in the modern federal tradition - Dimitrios Karmis 4. John C. Calhoun: federalism, constitutionalism and democracy - Murray Forsyth 5. Variations on a theme. James Bryce, federalism and democracy: from the Holy Roman Empire and the American Commonwealth to the British Empire - Michael Burgess Part II 6 Democracy versus federalism in the United States of America - John Kincaid 7. Federal democracy in Switzerland - Paolo Dardanelli 8. Federal democracy in plural Spain - Luis Moreno 9. Federalism and democracy in the Federal Republic of Germany - Franz Gress 10 Federalism and democracy in the Russian Federation - Richard Sakwa 11Executive federalism and the exercise of democracy in Canada - Alain-G. Gagnon 12. Federal democracy in a federal Europe - John Pinder Part III 13. Federalism and democracy. The case of minority nations: a federal deficit - Ferran Requejo 14 Federalism and democracy: comparative empirical and theoretical perspectives - John Kincaid 15. Comparative reflections on federalism and democracy - Ronald L. Watts

About the Editors

Michael Burgess is Professor of Federal Studies, and Director of the Centre for Federal Studies at the University of Kent at Canterbury. His most recent publications include (as co-editor) Multinational Federations and Comparative Federalism: Theory and Practice (both published by Routledge). Alain-G. Gagnon is Professor in the department of Political Science, and Canada Research Chair in Quebec and Canadian Studies, at the University of Quebec at Montreal, Canada. His most recent publications include (as editor) Contemporary Canadian Federalism and (as author) The Case for Multinational Federalism (also published by Routledge).

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:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Democracy
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / Comparative