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Federalism

An Introduction

George Anderson

Publication Date - July 2008

ISBN: 9780195429046

192 pages
Paperback
4-1/2 x 7 inches

Retail Price to Students: $29.95

A concise, jargon-free overview of the various forms of federal government found around the world as well as the basic principles, practices, benefits, and challenges characteristic of the federal form of government

Description

Federalism: An Introduction provides students of political science as well as practitioners and scholars with a concise, jargon-free overview of the various forms of federal government found around the world as well as the basic principles, practices, benefits, and challenges characteristic of the federal form of government. The book defines federalism and examines the constitutional, legal, financial, and philosophical underpinnings of federal systems, incorporating examples not only from well-known and long-established federations such as US and Canada but countries that have only recently adopted a federal form of government.

Features

  • Overview of the nature and practice of federal government in the 28 countries around the world that are federalism systems (these countries are home to 40% of the world's population)
  • Aimed at students as well as practitioners, including members of the Forum of Federations, a think-thank specializing in the study of federal government active on six continents
  • Analyzes the nature of federalism both in the developed and developing world
  • Identifies common characteristics among federal systems as well as key differences

About the Author(s)

George Anderson became president of the Forum of Federations in June 2005. He was previously Deputy Minister of Natural Resources Canada, from May 2002 until May 2005. He also served as Deputy Minister (Intergovernmental Affairs) in the Privy Council Office beginning in August 1996. From 1992 to 1993, he was a fellow at Harvard University's Center for International Affairs, and is currently a trustee of Queen's University in Kingston, Canada.

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. An Overview of Federalism
    2. Choosing Federalism
    3. The Constituent Units
    4. Dividing Powers - Who Does What and How?
    5. Money and Fiscal Powers
    6. Political Institutions of the Central Government
    7. Intergovernmental Relations and Politics
    8. Unity and Diversity
    9. Thinking About Federalism
    Further Reading
    Acknowledgements