A Global Dialogue on Federalism, Volume 1: Constitutional Origins, Structure, and Change in Federal Countries

(February 2005)

Global Dialogue – Book 1
An authoritative comparative analysis of the constitutions of twelve diverse federal countries.

Providing examples of diverse forms of federalism, including new and mature, developed and developing, parliamentary and presidential, and common-law and civil law, the comparative studies in this volume examines constitutions in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Germany, India, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, South Africa, Switzerland, and the United States. Each chapter describes the provisions of a constitution, explains the political, social, and historical factors that influenced its creation, and explores its practical application, how it has changed, and future challenges, offering valuable ideas and lessons for federal constitution-making and reform.

Contributors include Ignatius Ayua Akaayar (Nigeria), Raoul Blindenbacher (Switzerland), Dakas C.J. Dakas (Nigeria), Kris Deschouwer (Belgium), Juan Marcos Gutiérrez Gonzà¡lez (Mexico), John Kincaid (USA), Rainer Knopff (Canada), Jutta Kramer (Germany), Akhtar Majeed (India), Marat S. Salikov (Russia), Cheryl Saunders (Australia), Anthony M. Sayers (Canada), Nicolas Schmitt (Switzerland), Celina Sousa (Brazil), Nico Steytler (South Africa), and G. Alan Tarr (USA).

Review quotes

This illuminating book is the written equivalent of listening to the wisdom of experience of other federal countries. Dr Arnold Koller, former president of Switzerland

This impressive volume will be of value to practitioners as well academics, a difficult balance to strike. I hope my US compatriots will engage in this vital dialogue. Dan Sprague, Executive Director of The Council of State Governments

John Kincaid is professor of Government and Public Service and director of the Robert B. and Helen S. Meyner Center for the Study of State and Local Government at Lafayette College.

G. Alan Tarr is director of the Center for State Constitutional Studies and chair of the Department of Political Science at Rutgers University-Camden.