Advanced Introduction to Federalism

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Advanced Introduction to Federalism

9781800374133 Edward Elgar Publishing
Alain-G. Gagnon, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Quebec and Canadian Studies, Département de science politique, Université du Québec à Montréal and Arjun Tremblay, Associate Professor, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Regina, Canada
Publication Date: April 2024 ISBN: 978 1 80037 413 3 Extent: c 162 pp
This timely Advanced Introduction explores federalism as a subject of intellectual inquiry, discussion and debate. Alain-G. Gagnon and Arjun Tremblay examine the role federalism can play in achieving fairness, justice and equality, as well as the impact it can have on the survival of political systems.

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Elgar Advanced Introductions are stimulating and thoughtful introductions to major fields in the social sciences, business and law, expertly written by the world’s leading scholars. Designed to be accessible yet rigorous, they offer concise and lucid surveys of the substantive and policy issues associated with discrete subject areas.

This timely Advanced Introduction explores federalism as a subject of intellectual inquiry, discussion and debate. Alain-G. Gagnon and Arjun Tremblay examine the role federalism plays in achieving fairness, justice and equality, as well as the impact it can have on the survival of political systems. Ultimately, they argue that the constitutional division of powers between levels of government remains a significant institutional blueprint for the present and future of democratic societies.

Key Features:

● Recent and emerging trends in federalism scholarship
● Illustrates the complex, evolving and distinctly political nature of federalism
● Explores federalism in the context of postcolonial and settler colonial states
● The impact of cutting-edge issues including COVID-19, populism and democratic backsliding on federalism

Providing an accessible survey of the key concerns and questions surrounding federalism studies, this Advanced Introduction will be vital reading for students and scholars of political science, international studies and international affairs. It will also be an important guide for policy-makers seeking insight into the effectiveness of federal responses to political challenges.
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‘This fascinating and highly insightful book offers a unique and illuminating approach to comparative federalism by introducing readers to critical contemporary debates and issues of federalism, including democratic backsliding, populism, post-colonial and settler-colonial federations, religion, immigration, multinational democracy, gender, local government, and pandemics. The book provides solid foundations for students and advanced scholars to pursue further research and enrich their teaching about federalism.’
– John Kincaid, Lafayette College, US

‘The longevous principle of federalism remains a stronghold of institutional, democratic and societal stability, more so in times of uncertainties. The authors masterfully investigate how the main contemporary challenges are analyzed in federal scholarship and how policies can be influenced – or even rescued – by federalism.’
– Francesco Palermo, University of Verona and Eurac Research, Italy
Contents
Contents:
Introduction to Federalism
1 Studying federalism in the twenty-first century: Concepts, concerns, and questions
2 Federalism, democratization, and democratic backsliding
3 Federalism and national diversity
4 Federalism and religion
5 Federalism and immigration
6 Federalism and gender
7 Federalism and local government
8 Federalism and Populism
9 Federalism and the COVID-19 pandemic
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