Comparing Federal Systems / Edition 2

Comparing Federal Systems / Edition 2

by Ronald Watts, Queen's University Staff
     
 

ISBN-10: 0889118353

ISBN-13: 9780889118355

Pub. Date: 10/01/1999

Publisher: Queens University, Institute of Intergovernmental Relations


Countries studied include the United States, Switzerland, Australia, Austria, and Germany as examples of developed industrial societies; India and Malaysia as examples of multilingual and multicultural federations; Belgium and Spain as examples of emerging federal systems that illustrate bicommunal and asymmetrical approaches; and Czechoslovakia and Pakistan as…  See more details below

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Countries studied include the United States, Switzerland, Australia, Austria, and Germany as examples of developed industrial societies; India and Malaysia as examples of multilingual and multicultural federations; Belgium and Spain as examples of emerging federal systems that illustrate bicommunal and asymmetrical approaches; and Czechoslovakia and Pakistan as examples of bicommunal federations that have failed. Watts compares the interaction of social diversity and political institutions, distribution of powers and finances, processes contributing to flexibility or rigidity in adjustment, extent of internal symmetry or asymmetry, degree of centralization and decentralization, character of representation in federal institutions, role of constitutions and courts, provisions for constitutional rights and secession, and pathology in federations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780889118355
Publisher:
Queens University, Institute of Intergovernmental Relations
Publication date:
10/01/1999
Series:
Queen's Policy Studies Series
Edition description:
Subsequent
Pages:
130
Product dimensions:
6.03(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.45(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables

List of Figures

1 Introduction

2 Overview of Contemporary Federations

3 The Formation of Federations

4 The Constituent Units

5 The Distribution of Authority in Federations

6 The Distribution of Finances

7 Intergovernmental Relations

8 Symmetry and Asymmetry in Federations

9 Multilevel Federal Systems

10 The Representative Institutions of Federal Governments

11 Constitutional Supremacy in Federations

12 Degrees of Decentralization and Non-Centralization in Federations

13 The Pathology of Federations

14 Conclusions

App. A The Distribution of Powers and Functions in Selected Federations: A Comparative Overview

Selected Readings

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