This concise introduction to the ways in which the world’s federations manage their finances. Topics covered include the distribution of taxation powers among different levels of government; regional equalization schemes; authority over natural resource revenues; and the impact of federal systems of government on pension, welfare, and income assistance programs. The book targets second-, third-, and fourth-year courses in Federalism and Comparative Politics at the university level, and will also be useful for practitioners and civil servants. By George Anderson.
Forty per cent of the world’s people live in federal countries. The 28 countries with federal systems of government are amazingly diverse: they include not only the world’s wealthiest nation – the United States of America – but also tiny island-states like Micronesia and St. Kitts and Nevis. This admirably concise book, written by George Anderson, a leading expert on federalism and head of the Forum of Federations, provides a straightforward, jargon-free introduction to the topic. It is essential reading not only for students and those in government, but for ordinary citizens of the world’s federations. By George Anderson. Sample chapters available online.
This book breaks new ground in providing just such a study. George Anderson, president emeritus of the Forum of Federations, has assembled a team of leading experts on the politics and economics of federal systems and set them the task of analyzing the management of internal markets in the United States, Australia, Canada, and Switzerland, as well as the European Union. Though similar economic and political factors often play a role in driving the development of internal markets, outcomes and experiences vary widely depending on individual political and economic circumstances. In the concluding chapter, Anderson attempts to draw some comparative conclusions and highlight potential lessons for policymakers.
The first book-length work of its kind, draws on the contributions of twenty-four respected scholars in the areas of petroleum policy and federal systems, examining in detail oil and gas management and revenue regimes in a dozen key federations: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia, the United States, and Venezuela. The history and development of each country’s oil and gas industry is placed within the broader context of that nation’s overall economic and political development.
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