Comparative Federalism: A Systematic Inquiry, Second Edition

By Thomas O. Hueglin and Alan Fenna

© 2015

Comparative Federalism: A Systematic Inquiry, Second Edition is a uniquely comprehensive, analytic, and genuinely comparative introduction to the principles and practices, as well as the institutional compromises, of federalism. Hueglin and Fenna draw from their diverse research on federal systems to focus on four main models—America, Canada, Germany, and the European Union—but also to range widely over other cases. At the heart of the book is careful analysis of the relationship between constitutional design and amendment, fiscal relations, institutional structures, intergovernmental relations, and judicial review. Such analysis serves the dual role of helping the reader understand federalism and providing a comparative framework from which to assess the record of federal systems.

The second edition has been extensively revised and updated, taking into account new developments in federal systems and incorporating insights from the growing body of literature in the field. It includes two new chapters, "Fiscal Federalism" and "The Limits of Federalism."

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Comparative Federalism: A Systematic Inquiry, Second Edition is a uniquely comprehensive, analytic, and genuinely comparative introduction to the principles and practices, as well as the institutional compromises, of federalism.

Comparative Federalism: A Systematic Inquiry, Second Edition

By Thomas O. Hueglin and Alan Fenna

© 2015

Comparative Federalism: A Systematic Inquiry, Second Edition is a uniquely comprehensive, analytic, and genuinely comparative introduction to the principles and practices, as well as the institutional compromises, of federalism. Hueglin and Fenna draw from their diverse research on federal systems to focus on four main models—America, Canada, Germany, and the European Union—but also to range widely over other cases. At the heart of the book is careful analysis of the relationship between constitutional design and amendment, fiscal relations, institutional structures, intergovernmental relations, and judicial review. Such analysis serves the dual role of helping the reader understand federalism and providing a comparative framework from which to assess the record of federal systems.

The second edition has been extensively revised and updated, taking into account new developments in federal systems and incorporating insights from the growing body of literature in the field. It includes two new chapters, "Fiscal Federalism" and "The Limits of Federalism."

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  • Page Count: 408 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    This book is an outstanding contribution to the literature on federalism by two internationally renowned experts. Considering classical ideas, recent theorizing, and the current state of empirical research, Thomas O. Hueglin and Alan Fenna introduce an original conceptual framework for comparative federalism. On this basis, they explain in a concise and comprehensive manner the relevance of federalism; its origins and various manifestations in national, multinational, and transnational governments; and the operation and development of different federal systems, including recent challenges facing them. The updated, extended, and thoroughly revised second edition provides a valuable introduction for students and an inspiring read for academics and practitioners interested in federalism.
    Prof. Dr. Arthur Benz, Technische Universität Darmstadt
  • Author Information

    Thomas O. Hueglin is Professor of Political Science at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada. He has published widely on federalism and the history of political thought. He has also served as UN adviser to the Constitutional Drafting Commission of the Republic of Yemen.


    Alan Fenna is Professor of Politics at the John Curtin Institute of Public Policy, Curtin University, Western Australia. He is the author of a range of journal articles, book chapters, and reports on economic policy, social policy, constitutional issues, and federalism.
  • Table of contents

    List of Illustrations
    Acknowledgments
    Preface

    1. The Promise of Federalism
    The Case for Federalism
    Federalism and European Integration
    The Resilience of Established Federations
    Federalism and Democratization
    Federalism and Conflict Management

    2. Federal Principles, Federal Organization
    What Is Federalism?
    Group Identity
    Divided Powers
    Constitutional Guarantees
    Negotiating Compromise
    Social Solidarity
    Evaluating Federalism

    3. Federal Systems
    Analytic Criteria
    Models and Variations
    Contextual Variables

    4. Three Traditions of Federal Thought
    Consociational Federalism in Early Modern Europe
    Republican Federalism in the Eighteenth Century
    Socioeconomic Federalism in the Nineteenth Century and Beyond

    5. The Formation of Federal States
    The Federal Compromise: Explanatory Perspectives
    The United States and the Invention of Modern Federalism
    Reluctant Confederation in Canada
    Germany from Reich to Republic
    Economic Integration and the EU
    Imitations and Variations
    Devolutionary Federalism

    6. Dividing Powers
    Issues, Decisions, and Approaches
    The American Experiment
    Canada: Centralist Intentions
    Germany: The Administrative Model
    Subsidiarity in the EU
    Imitations and Variations

    7. Fiscal Federalism
    Patterns of Public Finance
    Fiscal Pluralism in the United States
    Fiscal Balance in Canada
    Fiscal Equitability in Germany
    Incomplete Fiscal Union in the EU
    Imitations and Variations

    8. Federalism as a System of Dual Representation
    Design Options
    The American Senate Model
    Canada: A Case of Pseudo-Bicameralism
    Germany: The Federal Solution
    The European Union: A Case of Second-Chamber Governance
    Imitations and Variations

    9. Intergovernmental Relations
    Patterns of Cooperation
    "Cooperative" Federalism in the United States
    Executive Federalism in Canada
    Interlocking Federalism in Germany
    Council Governance and Comitology in the EU
    Imitations and Variations

    10. Constitutional Amendment
    Amendment Procedures
    Constitutional Permanence in the United States
    Canada: Patriation Games
    Constitutional Flexibility in Germany
    The EU: Maintaining Confederal Consent
    Imitations and Variations
    Extreme Constitutional Amendment: Secession

    11. Judicial Review
    The Role of the Judiciary in a Federal System
    The Process of Judicial Review
    The United States: Invention and Limits of Judicial Review
    Canada: From Imperial to Home-Grown Judicial Review
    Germany: Pragmatic Legalism
    The EU: Judicial Creation of Supranationality
    Imitations, Variations, and Exceptions

    12. The Limits of Federalism
    The Nature of Federalism: A Reprise
    Limits of Capacity and Will to Federate
    Federalism, Democracy, and Capitalism

    References
    Index

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