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Federalism and Political functionality compares the political functionality of federal and non-federal states and evaluates the influence of other forms of federation. The individuals draw jointly targeted case-studies to demonstrate their arguments on quite a lot of international locations, together with Russia, India, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Australia and Canada. a radical and authoritative quantity and a worthwhile source for college kids and students of Comparative Politics.

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The author warns, however, against using this result for practical political decisions, and calls for further theoretical and empirical investigation. Hans Keman objects to the claim implicitly made in many federalist studies that federalism is a superior form of the democratic state. He argues, first, that federal states may have unitary features and vice versa, and second, that unitary states may have alternative institutional provisions for checking the power of the executive. Assessing 18 democracies in terms of their federal-unitary organization (‘right to decide’) and centralization-decentralization (‘right to act’), Keman describes four clusters, with six federal and six unitary states proper (federal-decentral and unitary-central), and six states with mixed forms (federalcentral and unitary-decentral).

He makes the point, however, that the organization of the state is only one factor among others with respect to material performance. In a pooled time-series analysis of 18 OECD countries, Thomas D. Hicks find that federalism tends to improve macro-economic outcomes like investment, income growth, unemployment and inflation. On the other hand, federal states are found to have a tendency to inhibit redistributive social policies. While these findings are perfectly in line with previous analyses (see above), Lancaster and Hicks show by adding tripartite neo-corporatism as a second independent variable that the combination of the two variables produces mixed results.

D. (1963) Federal Government, 4th edn, London: Oxford University Press. Part I Federalism, democracy and ethno-national conflict 1 Federalism in Russia Klaus von Beyme Soviet legacy and Russian options of constitutional engineering Pre-Communist Russia had no tradition in federalism. Conservatives have always complained that Czarist Russia copied the French revolutionary system of departments. Lenin took the article on ‘national self-determination’ in his party programme seriously enough to introduce federalism.

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