Comparative Federalism

Brian Galligan

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Institutions

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548460
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

 Comparative Federalism

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This article discusses comparative federalism. It first considers the changing global environment that favors federalism, and then discusses more familiar structures of country-specific federal systems. It also examines the changing international environment and historical setting of federalism, and how it fits within the changing global order. The article includes discussions on the robustness and flexibility of federalism, which is a result of its particular blend of institutions, and its dependency on a highly developed civic and constitutional culture.

Keywords: comparative federalism; global environment; federalism; federal systems; historical setting; global order; international environment

Article.  8057 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Political Institutions ; Comparative Politics

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