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Federalism as Decision-Making: Changes in Structures, Procedures and Policies

Edited by: Francesco Palermo

ISBN13: 9789004274501
Published: March 2015
Publisher: Brill Nijhoff
Country of Publication: The Netherlands
Format: Hardback
Price: £168.00

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Accounting for participation, separation of powers and democratic accountability, federalism gains momentum in times when traditional democratic legitimacy of institutional decision-making is challenged. Its ability to include multiple interests makes federalism a means to ensure good governance.

Based on a multidisciplinary analysis, the book tackles the question of whether federalism as a pragmatic governance tool provides answers to current challenges and what those answers are. Thirty-three leading experts critically examine to what extent federalism serves this purpose in compound states, looking at different countries and policies.

The volume revolves around five sub-themes: ‘federalism, democracy and governance’, ‘participation mechanisms and procedures’, ‘policy areas compared’, ‘institutional innovation and participatory democracy’ and ‘federalism: from theory to governance’.

Constitutional and Administrative Law
Introduction: The Idea and the Aim of this Book Elisabeth Alber and Francesco Palermo

Part I: Federalism, Democracy and Governance
1. Multilevel Governance and the Reconfiguration of Political Space:Theoretical Considerations from a Multinational Perspective Alain-G. Gagnon
2. The Interdependence of Federalism and Democracy in Australia Cheryl Saunders
3. Political Identity and American Federalism G. Alan Tarr
4. Policy Coercion and Administrative Cooperation in American Federalism John Kincaid

Part II: Participation Mechanisms and Procedures
Part II A: Asymmetries and Identities
5. ‘Fragile Federations’ and the Dynamics of Devolution Nico Steytler and Jaap de Visser
6. The Unsettled Settlement: Scottish Independence or United Kingdom Devolution? Michael Burgess
7. Constitutional Semantics and Autonomy within Indian Federalism Ajay Kumar Singh
8. Genesis of Federalism, Regional Development, and Regional Policy of Post–Soviet Russia Viacheslav E. Seliverstov
Part II B: Intergovernmental Relations
9. Can We Talk About Federalism and Federalization Without Co-Governance? ‘Participation’ of the Autonomous Communities in Spanish Central Government Decision-Making Mercè Corretja Torrens and Mireia Grau Creus
10. Intergovernmental Relations in Australia: New Modes, Old Realities Alan Fenna and John Phillimore
11. Intergovernmental Decision-Making in Financial Affairs in Germany: Institutions, Formal and Informal Rules, and Peculiarities Gisela Färber
12. Fiscal Federalism and Federal Decisions: The Case of Argentina and Its Evolution in the Last Two Decades Miguel Angel Asensio

Part III: Policy Areas Compared
13. Multilevel Governance of Immigration: An Emerging Trend for Europe to Follow? Karl Kössler
14. Challenging Institutional Models: The Case of Environmental Protection and Management Mariachiara Alberton and Francesco Palermo
15. ‘South Africa Inc.’: The Rise of the Developmental State and the Corporatization of Intergovernmental Relations Derek Powell and Phindile Ntliziywana
16. Benchmarking as a New Mode of Coordination in Federal Systems Alan Fenna and Felix Knüpling
17. Federalism as Decision-Making: Security Structures, Procedures and Policies Christian Leuprecht, Mario Kölling and Todd Hataley
18. Regionalization in Central and Eastern Europe: Limits and Perspectives of an Externally Driven Process Sara Parolari and Martina Trettel
19. Varieties of Decentralization, Institutional Complementarities, and Economic Growth: Evidence in OECD Countries Andrea Filippetti and Agnese Sacchi

Part IV: Institutional Innovation and Participatory Democracy
20. Participatory Initiatives and New Instruments of Direct Democracy in Austrian Federalism
Peter Bußjäger
21. Theoretical Framework and Constitutional Implications: Participatory Democracy as Decision-Making in Multilayered Italy Matteo Nicolini
22. Framing Subnational ‘Institutional Innovation’ and ‘Participatory Democracy’ in Italy: some Findings on Current Structures, Procedures, and Dynamics Elisabeth Alber and Alice Valdesalici
23. Subnational Institutional Innovation and Participatory Democracy: the Case of Switzerland Nicolas Schmitt

Part V: Federalism: From Theory to Governance
24. Regulating Pluralism: Federalism as Decision-Making and New Challenges for Federal Studies
Francesco Palermo