The Foundations of the New Federal Models: Three Case Studies

Michael Burgess

in In Search of the Federal Spirit

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199606238
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191752476 | DOI:
The Foundations of the New Federal Models: Three Case Studies

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The chapter provides a short survey of the conceptual foundations of the models by bringing into focus democratisation and democracy promotion, political trust and political socialisation before it looks briefly at the empirical bases of three of the new federal models, namely, Ethiopia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iraq. These case studies have been selected because they are deemed to share many features characteristic of a distinctive group of federal democracies within the new federal models. They are identified as the “new” new federal models for being post-conflict states with deeply divided societies in which the international community has played a significant role in different capacities in federal state formation. It concludes with a number of important empirical and theoretical perspectives that furnish the basis for the conclusion to the book.

Keywords: liberal democracy; democratisation; political trust; political socialisation; Ethiopia; Bosnia-Herzegovina; Iraq; federal constitutions

Chapter.  17088 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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