Jonathan A. Rodden

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Economy

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548477
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191577437 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science


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This article discusses federalism, and starts by introducing the classical approach to the study of federalism. It then reviews the influential normative approaches in economics during the 1970s and 1980s, as well as some of the empirical literatures that they spawned. The newer positive political economy literature and the resulting empirical work are reviewed also in the article. Finally, the reader is cautioned in drawing policy implications from the new literature as it stands.

Keywords: federalism; classical approach; normative approaches; empirical literatures; positive political economy literature; policy implications; new literature

Article.  6082 words. 

Subjects: Political Institutions ; Comparative Politics

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