Federal Dynamics: Continuity, Change, and the Varieties of Federalism

Hardcover | February 12, 2013

EditorArthur Benz, Jorg Broschek Broschek

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Federal systems are praised for creating political stability, but they are also blamed for causing rigidity. They are said to balance powers, but apparently they are also threatened by instability due to drifts in power. Federalism should support democratization, but it can also constrain thepower of the demos and strengthen the executive. In short, there is widespread agreement that federal systems are dynamic. The forces, mechanisms and consequences of federal dynamics, however, are not sufficiently understood so far. This book brings together leading experts in the field of comparative federalism to highlight how the interplay of continuity and change systematically generates and reinforces varieties of federalism and varieties of federal dynamics. Federal Dynamics: Continuity, Change and Varieties of Federalisminvestigates mechanisms and resulting patterns of federal development. It offers new analytical concepts and discusses different theoretical propositions to systematically compare convergent and divergent trends in federal systems. Acknowledging the theoretical pluralism that dominates the field,the book is organized around four sections: Models, Varieties and Dimensions of Federalism; Timing, Sequencing and Historical Evolution; Social Change and Political Structuring; and Actors, Institutions and Internal Dynamics.The contributions to this volume are variously concerned with three guiding questions: What changes within federal systems, how and why? The focus provided by these three guiding questions allows for a dialogue between strands of the literature that have not talked to each other in a sufficientmanner. In this way, the book makes a significant contribution to the growing literature on continuity and change in federal systems. Ultimately, it represents a substantive effort in advancing research on comparative federalism.

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Federal systems are praised for creating political stability, but they are also blamed for causing rigidity. They are said to balance powers, but apparently they are also threatened by instability due to drifts in power. Federalism should support democratization, but it can also constrain thepower of the demos and strengthen the execut...

Arthur Benz's research, over the last decade, has focused on politics and policy-making in multilevel governance and constitutional change in federal or federalising systems. The results of his research have been published in books and journals such as Public Administration, Regional and Federal Studies, Publius: The Journal of Federal...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pagesPublished:February 12, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Acknowledgements1. Arthur Benz and Jorg Broschek: Federal Dynamics: IntroductionPart I: Models, Varieties and Dimensions of Federalism2. Arthur Benz: Dimensions and Dynamics of Federal Regimes3. Thomas Hueglin: Comparing Federalisms: Variations or Distinct Models?4. Cesar Colino: Varieties of Federalism and Propensities for ChangePart II: Timing and Sequencing and Historical Evolution5. Jorg Broschek: Between Path Dependence and Gradual Change: Historical Institutionalism and the Study of Federal Dynamics6. Kathleen Thelen and Sebastian Karcher: Resilience and Change in Federal Institutions: The Case of the German Federal Council7. Tulia Falleti: Decentralization in Time: A Process-Tracing Approach to Federal Dynamics of Change9. Mikhail Filippov and Olga Shvetsova: Federalism, Democracy and Democratization10. Anthony Sayers and Andrew Banfield: The Evolution of Federalism and Executive Power in Canada and AustraliaPart III: Social Change and Political Structuring11. Daniel Beland and Andre Lecours: Federalism, Nationalist Politics, and Social Policy: How Ideas and Institutions Interact to Produce or Prevent Change12. Lori Thorlakson: Dynamics of Change in Federal Representation13. Wilfried Swenden and Simon Toubeau: Mainstream Parties and Territorial Dynamics in the UK, Spain and IndiaPart IV: Actors, Institutions and Internal Dynamics14. Jenna Bednar: Constitutional Change in Federations: The Role of Complementary Institutions15. Bettina Petersohn: Constitutional Reform and Federal Dynamics: Causes and Effects16. Nicole Bolleyer): Paradoxes of Self-Coordination in Federal Systems17. Dietmar Braun and Philipp Trein: Economic Crisis and Federal DynamicsArthur Benz and Jorg Broschek: Conclusion: Theorizing Federal Dynamics