A Roundtable Discussion on The Revival of Federalism: Post-Cold War and Post-Arab Spring Challenges and Prospects

Rupak Chattopadhyay, Forum of Federations President speaks to the group at University of Kent.

On October 16, 2013, the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent organized a Roundtable Discussion on The Revival of Federalism in the context of post-Cold War and post-Arab Spring challenges faced by transitional countries. Rupak Chattopadhyay, President of the Forum of Federations and Professors Michael Burgess and Neophytos Loizides from the University of Kent made opening presentations to launch the discussion.

The discussions centred around the gap between the theory and practice of federalism when trying to understand how transitional and post-conflict societies build constitutional structures which are federal in spirit, even when they don’t conform to classic conceptions of federalism. The panelists also discussed how need for good governance and responsive service delivery in non-ethnically divided societies was increasingly driving formerly unitary states to devolve, if not federalize. The presenters engaged with students and faculty from the University. The event was moderated by Govinda Clayton from the University of Kent.

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