The Paradox of Federalism

The Paradox of Federalism

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The paradox of federalism is about whether self-rule accommodates or exacerbates ethnic divisions. A federal arrangement which formally recognizes ethno-linguistic diversity to help manage divisions can also pave the way for eventual disintegration. The case studies in this book cover a wide geographical basis (Canada, Scotland, Spain, Belgium, Bosnia, Kosovo, Russia, India, and Iraq) and seek to outline under what conditions federalism can deliver its promise of resolving ethnic conflict. The book aims to bridge those who study federalism and decentralization in the developed world and those who study the politics of ethnic divisions in the developing world. We also wanted to bridge the scholarship from the two sides of the Atlantic, as well as the subfields of Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Constitutional Politics. Furthermore, the volume has a number of high-profile senior scholars with name recognition from both sides of the Atlantic. The scope of the volume is wide a€“ historically, methodologically, and geographically; and has relevance for the applied side as well as the theoretical literature. Consequently, we believe this is a timely collection on the high profile topic of Ethnic Conflict/Conflict Resolution. This book was based on a special issue of Regional and Federal StudiesIndeed, the infeasibility of reintegration after sectarian violent may be a myth, the credibility of which is bolstered by the fact that integrationist solutions are so ... language official status and provided for minority returns as well as in ethnic integration in law enforcement and the civil service. ... Thanks also go to Larry Anderson, Jan Erk, one anonymous reviewer as well as Charles Philpott, Rhodri Williams, anbsp;...

Title:The Paradox of Federalism
Author:Jan Erk, Lawrence M. Anderson
Publisher:Routledge - 2013-09-13


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