A Research Agenda for Federalism Studies

Elgar Research Agendas

Edited by John Kincaid, Robert B. and Helen S. Meyner Professor of Government and Public Service and Director, Meyner Center for the Study of State and Local Government, Lafayette College, US

In this forward-thinking book, fifteen leading scholars set forth cutting-edge agendas for research on significant facets of federalism, including basic theory, comparative studies, national and subnational constitutionalism, courts, self-rule and shared rule, centralization and decentralization, nationalism and diversity, conflict resolution, gender equity, and federalism challenges in Africa, Asia, and the European Union. More than 40 percent of the world’s population lives under federal arrangements, making federalism not only a major research subject but also a vital political issue worldwide.

‘In 16 crisp, highly-readable chapters by recognized federalism scholars, this collection meets two important objectives. It synthesizes state-of-the-art research on a broad range of aspects related to federal studies, and identifies areas where further theoretical, comparative and empirical research is needed. In so doing it provides a helpful road-map on where federal studies stand, and an innovative compass on where they should be heading.’
– Johanne Poirier, McGill University Faculty of Law, Canada

‘A great collection arriving when global politics is navigating unknown waters. In such times, open-minded reflection and sure-footed knowledge of every federal experience should take priority over scholasticism and methodological perfectionism. Commendably, most chapters stay clear of the practice of cross-referencing the like-minded. Instead, scholars across various disciplines propose different research agendas bringing dynamism, relevance and nuance to what is likely to be a solution to the challenges awaiting us.’
– Jan Erk, University of Pretoria, South Africa

'A Research Agenda for Federalism Studies is a treasure-trove of solid federalism scholarship as well as a compilation of questions as yet unanswered. The contributors provide a first rate research agenda for scholars—especially new scholars—seeking to make a difference in this subfield.'
– Carol S. Weissert, Florida State University, US

‘This is an innovative and important collection. It brings together a number of leading federalism scholars in assessing many of the main research questions which confront the study of federal systems today. As the first comprehensive analysis of this kind, it offers an extremely valuable resource for any scholar seeking to understand the current challenges which confront federal scholarship.'
– Stephen Tierney, University of Edinburgh, UK

2019 232 pp Hardback 978 1 78811 296 3 £117.00 £85.00 $117.00 $130.00

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