Federal Constitutionalism I: Options for Federal Design

Wayne Norman

in Negotiating Nationalism

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780198293354
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191604126 | DOI:
Federal Constitutionalism I: Options for Federal Design

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This chapter considers the basic options for the design of a democratic federation. These include how to determine the boundaries of federal provinces, how to divide legislative and administrative powers, how to represent provinces and minority groups in central institutions, and how to amend the constitution. It looks at the importance of recognizing both majority and minority identities in the constitutions of both classic nation-states and multinational states. An appendix is included on the history of Canadian attempts to solve these design and recognition problems, especially concerning the place of the French-speaking province of Quebec.

Keywords: federal theory; democratic theory; institutional design; recognition; self-determination; Canada; Quebec; European Union

Chapter.  20789 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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