Intergovernmental Relations in Federal Systems

Intergovernmental Relations in Federal Systems

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Overview

The term "intergovernmental relations" suggests that aspect of federalism "as it is lived" in federations. Understanding the workings of these relations is key to mapping out healthy functioning - or lack thereof - of a federal system. This important comparative collection looks at the methods, structures, and modalities of interaction between twelve federations as well as the European Union, surveying how these interactions are structured.

This volume covers an impressive diversity of polities. These include both "old" federations as well as some that have been established more recently. In addition, this collection looks at federations from the North, the South, as well as emerging economies. It includes countries with parliamentary, presidential, and hybrid forms of government as well as those with civil law, common law, and mixed legal systems. This volume also examines the European Union as a federal system in and of itself; this complex body encompasses a number of federal characteristics, including a complex set of institutions and practices to manage what has been termed "multilevel governance"

Each chapter describes the principal mechanisms and processes of intergovernmental relations, highlighting those that work well and those that do not. Topics considered include the impact of intergovernmental relations on democracy, citizen participation, accountability, justice, and the rule of law. Chapters also evaluate whether mechanisms and processes are effective in terms of policy making and implementation. The range of structures considered here is also diverse. While most interactions are vertical, involving the central authority and constituent units, others are horizontal, between the constituent governments only. This collection reveals the wide variety of objectives pursued by central authorities, constituent units, and even local governments.

This book was undertaken as a joint project of the Forum of Federations, an international network on federalism that seeks to strengthen democratic governance by promoting dialogue on the functioning of federalism, and the International Association of Centres for Federal Studies, an association of centres and institutes throughout the world that maintain a research and teaching focus on political systems that have federal features.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199022267
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 03/28/2016
Pages: 528
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Johanne Poirier, Peter MacKell Chair in Federalism at the Faculty of Law, McGill University

Cheryl Saunders, Laureate Professor Emeritus of Law, Melbourne Law School

John Kincaid, Robert B. and Helen S. Meyner Professor of Government and Public Service and Director of the Meyner Center, Lafayette College

Table of Contents

Contributors
Preface
Introduction: Comparing Intergovernmental Relations in Federal Systems
Chapter 1: Intergovernmental Relations in Argentina: Systematic Confusion and Predominance of the Centre
Chapter 2: Intergovernmental Relations in Australia: Increasing Engagement within a Centralizing Dynamic
Chapter 3: Intergovernmental Relations in Austria:Co-operative Federalism as Counterweight to Centralized Federalism
Chapter 4: Intergovernmental Relations in Brazil: An Unequal Federation with Symmetrical Arrangements
Chapter 5: Intergovernmental Relations in Canada: Competing Visions and Diverse Dynamics
Chapter 6: The European Union: From International Relations to Intergovernmental Relations
Chapter 7: Intergovernmental Relations in the Federal Republic of Germany: Complex Co-operation and Party Politics
Chapter 8: Intergovernmental Relations in India: From Centralization to Decentralization
Chapter 9: Nigeria: Struggling to Formalize and Decentralize Intergovernmental Relations
Chapter 10: Constructing a Developmental State in South Africa: The Corporatization of Intergovernmental Relations
Chapter 11: Intergovernmental Relations in Spain: An Essential but Underestimated Element of the State of Autonomies
Chapter 12 : Intergovernmental Relations in Switzerland: An Unfamiliar Term for a Necessary Concept
Chapter 13: Intergovernmental Relations in the United States in an Age of Partisanship and Executive Assertiveness
Conclusion: Comparative Experiences of Intergovernmental Relations in Federal Systems
Contributors
Preface
Introduction: Comparing Intergovernmental Relations in Federal Systems
1. Intergovernmental Relations in Argentina: Systematic Confusion and Predominance of the Centre
2. Intergovernmental Relations in Australia: Increasing Engagement within a Centralizing Dynamic
3. Intergovernmental Relations in Austria:Co-operative Federalism as Counterweight to Centralized Federalism
4. Intergovernmental Relations in Brazil: An Unequal Federation with Symmetrical Arrangements
5. Intergovernmental Relations in Canada: Competing Visions and Diverse Dynamics
6. The European Union: From International Relations to Intergovernmental Relations
7. Intergovernmental Relations in the Federal Republic of Germany: Complex Co-operation and Party Politics
8. Intergovernmental Relations in India: From Centralization to Decentralization
9. Nigeria: Struggling to Formalize and Decentralize Intergovernmental Relations
10. Constructing a Developmental State in South Africa: The Corporatization of Intergovernmental Relations
11. Intergovernmental Relations in Spain: An Essential but Underestimated Element of the State of Autonomies
12. Intergovernmental Relations in Switzerland: An Unfamiliar Term for a Necessary Concept
13. Intergovernmental Relations in the United States in an Age of Partisanship and Executive Assertiveness
Conclusion: Comparative Experiences of Intergovernmental Relations in Federal Systems

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