Federal Dynamics: Continuity, Change, and the Varieties of Federalism (Hardback)
  • Federal Dynamics: Continuity, Change, and the Varieties of Federalism (Hardback)

Federal Dynamics: Continuity, Change, and the Varieties of Federalism (Hardback)

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Hardback 410 Pages / Published: 31/01/2013
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Federal systems are praised for creating political stability, but they are also blamed for causing rigidity. They are said to balance powers, but apparently they are also threatened by instability due to drifts in power. Federalism should support democratization, but it can also constrain the power of the demos and strengthen the executive. In short, there is widespread agreement that federal systems are dynamic. The forces, mechanisms and consequences of federal dynamics, however, are not sufficiently understood so far. This book brings together leading experts in the field of comparative federalism to highlight how the interplay of continuity and change systematically generates and reinforces varieties of federalism and varieties of federal dynamics. Federal Dynamics: Continuity, Change and Varieties of Federalism investigates mechanisms and resulting patterns of federal development. It offers new analytical concepts and discusses different theoretical propositions to systematically compare convergent and divergent trends in federal systems. Acknowledging the theoretical pluralism that dominates the field, the book is organized around four sections: Models, Varieties and Dimensions of Federalism; Timing, Sequencing and Historical Evolution; Social Change and Political Structuring; and Actors, Institutions and Internal Dynamics. The contributions to this volume are variously concerned with three guiding questions: What changes within federal systems, how and why? The focus provided by these three guiding questions allows for a dialogue between strands of the literature that have not talked to each other in a sufficient manner. In this way, the book makes a significant contribution to the growing literature on continuity and change in federal systems. Ultimately, it represents a substantive effort in advancing research on comparative federalism.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199652990
Number of pages: 410
Weight: 768 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 28 mm

The volume is an excellent starting point for a broader effort of integrating the comparative study of federalism around a structure and change framework while anchoring it in the field of comparative politics... a notable contribution to both federalism studies and comparative politics. Paul Dragos Aligica, International Affairs 89 This edited book is ambitious and insightful, drawing on the distinct and diverse theoretical traditions of constitutional design and reform, historical development, comparative federalism and institutionalism, to better elucidate the ontology and dynamics of federal systems. Students will find it a challenging but not inaccessible text, which will abundantly reward their diligent attention. Federal Governance Benz and Broscheks book makes a healthy contribution to an integrated debate on federal theories. Joao Mourato Pinto, Journal of Common Market Studies

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