The Robust Federation: Principles of Design by Jenna BednarThe Robust Federation: Principles of Design by Jenna Bednar

The Robust Federation: Principles of Design

byJenna Bednar

Paperback | December 1, 2008

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The Robust Federation offers a comprehensive approach to the study of federalism. Jenna Bednar demonstrates how complementary institutions maintain and adjust the distribution of authority between national and state governments. These authority boundaries matter - for defense, economic growth, and adequate political representation - and must be defended from opportunistic transgression. From Montesquieu to Madison, the legacy of early institutional analysis focuses attention on the value of competition between institutions, such as the policy moderation produced through separated powers. Bednar offers a reciprocal theory: in an effective constitutional system, institutions complement one another; each makes the others more powerful. Diverse but complementary safeguards - including the courts, political parties, and the people - cover different transgressions, punish to different extents, and fail under different circumstances. The analysis moves beyond equilibrium conceptions and explains how the rules that allocate authority are not fixed but shift gradually. Bednar's rich theoretical characterization of complementary institutions provides the first holistic account of federal robustness.
Title:The Robust Federation: Principles of DesignFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:December 1, 2008Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521703964

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Table of Contents

1. Constituting the robust federation; 2. Federal structure and potential; 3. The federal problem; 4. The safeguards of federalism; 5. Coverage; 6. Complementarity; 7. Redundancy; 8. Tying the Gordian Knot.

Editorial Reviews

"The Robust Federation is a well-written, ambitious, and expertly structured book. Expanding on the federal problem with a rhetorical style and clarity of argument that does justice to Madison and the other federalism designers, Bednar relegates her quantitative analyses to mathematical appendices at the end of chapters 3, 4, and 6, where she adeptly employs the tools of game theory to demonstrate her model...This book should be required reading for those scholars who study federalism or who advocate federalism as a mechanism for governing societies comprised of multiple ethnicities, regions, or religions." Perspectives on Politics, Michael McGuire, Indiana University