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Forum of Federations launches fourth Global Dialogue book

Photo: Anwar Shah, left, and Meghnad Desai display Global Dialogue Book 4, The Practice of Fiscal Federalism: Comparative Studies, at the Fourth International Conference on Federalism in New Delhi in November 2007.

Anwar Shah, left, and Meghnad Desai display Global Dialogue Book 4, The Practice of Fiscal Federalism: Comparative Studies, at the Fourth International Conference on Federalism in New Delhi in November 2007.

The Forum of Federations officially launched the fourth book in its Global Dialogue series, titled The Practice of Fiscal Federalism: Comparative Studies, at the Fourth International Conference on Federalism in New Delhi.

The work examines constitutional design and taxing, spending, and regulatory responsibilities at the federal, state/provincial, and local/municipal levels in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, India, Malaysia, Nigeria, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States. This volume also explores the effects of intergovernmental fiscal relations on securing economic unions and improving social welfare.

The book was launched by editor Anwar Shah, lead economist and program leader with the Public Sector Governance group at the World Bank Institute, and Meghnad Desai, founder and retired director of the Centre for the Study of Global Governance, London School of Economics, at the International Conference on Federalism on Nov. 6.

The book has been described as an invaluable tool for policy makers.
Ibobi Singh, Chief Minister of the state of Manipur, India, has said that the work 'will be useful to anyone interested in learning more about how fiscal decentralization works.'

The book can be ordered through McGill-Queens University Press.