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New Directions in Federalism Studies

1st Edition

Edited by Jan Erk, Wilfried Swenden


256 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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Federalism has experienced a remarkable renaissance in recent decades – as an alternative way to accommodate ethnic differences; as a tool to combat remote, undemocratic and ineffective central governments; and lastly, as a means to promote economic performance in the developing world through decentralisation.

This book seeks to bring different aspects and perspectives of federalism studies closer together, by providing an analytical framework which transcends the sub-fields and encourages contributors to look beyond the comfort zones of their own disciplinary approaches to the topic. The authors seek to achieve this aim by structuring the contributions around four dimensions federalism studies:

• the development and design of federal institutions;

• federalism and democratic participation, representation and accountability;

• federalism and the accommodation of territorially-based ethnic, cultural and linguistic differences;

• federalism and public policy.

With a strong comparative framework, New Directions in Federalism Studies will be of interest to students and scholars of Federalism, Government, Regionalism, and Multi-level Governance. It will also offer insights of relevance to Comparative Politics, Public Policy, Public Administration, Nationalism, and West European Politics.


‘The edited collection, as a classic format, is perhaps underappreciated for its important role as a vessel through which academics can push against and manipulate the boundaries of the literatures their works lie within.’ – David S. Moon, University of Liverpool, Political Studies Review, Vol 10:3, Sept. 2012

'This excellent book can and should be used in any current course on comparative federalism.' - Klaus-Jurgen Nagel, Scottish Affairs, no. 76, Summer 2011

Table of Contents

1. The New Wave Of Federalism Studies Jan Erk and Wilfried Swenden 2. Understanding Federal Change: Types Of Federalism and Institutional Evolution In The Spanish And German Federal Systems César Colino 3. More Courageous Than Expected? The 2006 Reform of German Federalism Roland Sturm 4. The Role Of The Federal Judiciary In Union-State Relations in India Rekha Saxena and Mahendra P. Singh 5. Patronage Preserving Federalism? Legislative Malapportionment And Subnational Fiscal Policies Jorge P Gordin 6. Electoral Patterns In Federal Countries: Moderating in The Case Of Spain Carolina G. De Miguel Moyer 7. Party Responses In Multi-Level Systems: Party Responses to New Challenges In European Democracies Klaus Detterbeck and Eve Hepburn 8. Toward A Resolution Of The Paradox Of Federalism Lawrence M. Anderson 9. Federalism And Ethnic Conflict Management: Rival Hypotheses, The Attitudinal Missing Link and Comparative Evidence Enric Martínez-Herrera 10. The Distinct Effects Of Federalism And Decentralization on Performance Jan Biela Andannika Hennl 11. Making Fiscal Federalism Self-Enforcing: Germany, Australia And Switzerland Compared Dietmar Braun 12. Taking Stock During Times Of Change Jan Erk and Wilfried Swenden

About the Editors

Jan Erk is Associate Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands.

Wilfried Swenden is Senior Lecturer of Politics at the University of Edinburgh, UK.

About the Series

Routledge/ECPR Studies in European Political Science

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / Comparative
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / General