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Routledge Handbook of Regionalism & Federalism

1st Edition

Edited by John Loughlin, John Kincaid, Wilfried Swenden


624 pages

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Almost all states are either federal or regionalized in some sense. It is difficult to find a state that is entirely unitary and the Routledge Handbook of Regionalism and Federalism necessarily takes in almost the entire world. Both federalism and regionalism have been subjects of a vast academic literature mainly from political science but sometimes also from history, economics, and geography. This cutting edge examination seeks to evaluate the two types of state organization from the perspective of political science producing a work that is analytical rather than simply descriptive.

The Handbook presents some of the latest theoretical reflections on regionalism and federalism and then moves on to discuss cases of both regionalism and federalism in key countries chosen from the world’s macro-regions. Assembling this wide range of case studies allows the book to present a general picture of current trends in territorial governance. The final chapters then examine failed federations such as Czechoslovakia and examples of transnational regionalism - the EU, NAFTA and the African Union.

Covering evolving forms of federalism and regionalism in all parts of the world and featuring a comprehensive range of case studies by leading international scholars this work will be an essential reference source for all students and scholars of international politics, comparative politics and international relations.


"This is nothing less than a kind of golden book that will be of use for scholars of various disciplines, including political science, comparative politics and international relations."

- Erik De Bom (University of Leuven)

Table of Contents

Part 1: Theoretical and Comparative Approaches to Federalism and Regionalism 1. Reconfiguring the State: Hybridity vs. Uniformity, John Loughlin 2. Typologies of Federalism, Ronald L. Watts 3. Plurinational Federalism and Political Theory, Ferran Requejo 4. The penumbra of federalism: a conceptual reappraisal of federalism, federation, confederation and federal political system, Michael Burgess 5. Territorial Strategies for Managing Plurinational States, Wilfried Swenden 6. Federalism, Regionalism and the Dynamics of Party Politics, Eve Hepburn and Klaus Detterbeck 7. Fiscal Federalism and the Political Economy of Territorial Finance, Anwar Shah 8. Federalism and Public Policy: Do Federalism, Regionalism and Hybridity make any difference? – Evidence from Environmental Policy, Sonja Wälti 9. The "New Regionalism" and the Politics of the Regional Question, John Agnew 10. Economic Regionalism in Federal and Hybrid Systems of Government, Pieter van Houten Part 2: Case Studies by Region North America 11. The United States of America: From Dualistic Simplicity to Centralized Complexity, John Kincaid 12. Canada: Federal Adaptation and the Limits of Hybridity, James Bickerton and Alain G. Gagnon 13. Mexico: From Centralized Authoritarianism to Disarticulated Democracy? Steven T. Wuhs Europe 14. The Belgian Federation: A Labyrinth State, Kris Deschouwer 15. Germany: Federalism under Unitary Pressure, Arthur Benz and Jörg Broschek 16. Austria: A Federal, a Decentralized Unitary or a ‘Hybrid’ State? Relations between the Welfare State and the Federal State after 1945, Franz Fallend 17. Switzerland: Europe’s first federation, Paolo Dardanelli 18. Russia: Involuted Federalism and segmented Regionalism, Richard Sakwa 19. Spain: the Autonomic State, Francesc Morata 20 Italy: Between the Hybrid State and Europe’s Federalizing Process, Beniamino Caravita 21. Sweden; Federalism in the land of centrally guided regionalization, Niklas Eklund. 22. Devolution in the United Kingdom, Charlie Jeffery 23. Poland, Pawel Swianiewicz, Warsaw University 24. France: from the ‘One and Indivisible Republic’ to the Decentralized Unitary State, John Loughlin Asia 25. India: A Hybrid Federal-Unitary State? Rekha Saxena 26. Assessing hybridity in the People’s Republic of China: The impact of post-Mao decentralization, Susan HendersAsia-Pacific 27. Australia: an ‘integrated’ federation?, Cheryl Saunders 28. Indonesia: Arbitrary polity, unitary state, Damien Kingsbury Africa 29. Nigeria: a Centralizing Federation, Rotimi Suberu 30. Federalism in Ethiopia: Hybridity in Ambiguity? Sarah Vaughan 31. South Africa - the reluctant hybrid federal state, Nico Steytler Latin America 32. Brazil: from ‘Isolated’ Federalism to Hybridity, Celina Souza 33. Tensions between Centralization and Decentralization in the Argentine Federation, Lucas González 34. The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela: An Empty Constitutional Federation?, Christi Ranguel Ferrero Middle East 35. Lebanon: the Hybridity of a Confessional State, Michael Kerr and Amal Hamdan Part 3: Failed Federations 36. ‘Federalising the Federation’: The Failure of the Yugoslav Experiment, Florian Bieber 37. Czechoslovakia: A Peaceful Disintegration, Michal Ilner Part 4: Transnationalism Regionalism 38. Federalism and the European Union, Simona Piattoni 39. The North American Free Trade Agreement: The Limits of Integration, Douglas M. Brown 40. African Union: From Practical Federalism to Fantasy Union, Thomas Kwasi Tieku

About the Editors

John Loughlin is a Professor and Fellow of St Edmund’s College, Cambridge, and a Senior

Fellow and Affiliated Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Studies in the

University of Cambridge.

John Kincaid is the Robert B. and Helen S. Meyner Professor of Government and Public

Service and Director of the Meyner Center for the Study of State and Local Government at

Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania, USA.

Wilfried Swenden is a Senior Lecturer in Politics at the School of Social and Political Science,

University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General