Federalism and Political Performance (Routledge Ecpr Studies by Wachendorfer-Sc

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Federalism and Political functionality compares the political functionality of federal and non-federal states and evaluates the impression of alternative forms of federation. The participants draw jointly centred case-studies to demonstrate their arguments on a variety of international locations, together with Russia, India, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Australia and Canada. an intensive and authoritative quantity and a helpful source for college kids and students of Comparative Politics.

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In the ‘delegated regional democracies’ which sprang up in the southern areas, democratic elections are not tant-amount to democracy. Some of these leaders— most drastically in the Kalmyk Republic—developed a kind of new populist dictatorship on the basis of ethnic populism for the masses and clientelist relations with the elites (Simon 1999:26–7). Asymmetrical federalism and bilateral bargaining between centre and federal units The Russian constitution of 1993 is contradictory: on the one hand, the equal rights of all the federal units towards the central power are underlined (Article 5.

Wachendorfer-Schmidt, U. (1999) ‘Der Preis des Föderalismus in Deutschland’, Politische Vierteljahresschrift 40, 1:3–39. Klingemann and F. Neidhardt (eds), Die Zukunft der Demokratie, Berlin: Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung. Weingast, B. (1995) ‘The Economic Role of Political Institutions: Market-Preserving Federalism and Economic Development’, Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization 11, 1:1–31. Wendland, K. (1997) Spanien auf dem Weg zum Bundesstaat? Entstehung und Entwicklung der Autonomen Gemeinschaften, Baden-Baden: Nomos.

In a pooled time-series analysis of 18 OECD countries, Thomas D. Hicks find that federalism tends to improve macro-economic outcomes like investment, income growth, unemployment and inflation. On the other hand, federal states are found to have a tendency to inhibit redistributive social policies. While these findings are perfectly in line with previous analyses (see above), Lancaster and Hicks show by adding tripartite neo-corporatism as a second independent variable that the combination of the two variables produces mixed results.

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