Intergovernmental Relations in Federal Systems

Intergovernmental Relations in Federal Systems Cover

– Joint project brings together many experts. The Forum of Federations is an international network; the International Association of Centres for Federal Studies (IACFS) is an association of centres and institutes throughout the world

– Reflects a worldwide interest in federalism. A majority of nation-states are multinational, multilingual, multireligious, and/or multicultural. Understanding the interactions between political bodies within these states helps us understand the twin trends of globalization and regionalization evident throughout today’s world

– Diverse, comparative study. Each chapter provides an overview of its country’s arrangements, institutions, and practices

– Important conclusions. This large-scale study sheds light on how opposition parties can challenge one-party hegemony in a federal state, as well as the decline of traditional party allegiances

– Rigorous methodology. Following a multi-stage process, an internationally comprehensive set of questions covering institutional provisions and how they work in practice were drawn from current research on the topic. This became the template that guided roundtable discussions in each country

– Worldwide scope. From countries with well-established traditions to more recent or “new” democracies, this comparative investigation helps understand the role of intergovernmental relations in a range of federal systems

– Reveals widespread variation. The interaction between different levels of government is marked by difference across the board; this volume samples that diversity, revealing what works and what does not