Comparative Federalism in the Devolution Era

Comparative Federalism in the Devolution Era

Hardback The Reynolds Series in Sociology

Edited by Neil Colman McCabe, Contributions by John C.Lloyd Brown, Contributions by Michael Burgess, Contributions by Paul Chen, Contributions by Daniel J. Elazar, Contributions by James A. Gardner, Contributions by A. E. Dick Howard, Contributions by Michael J. Kelly, Contributions by R Randall Kelso, Contributions by Clifford Larsen

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  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Format: Hardback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 229mm x 25mm | 590g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2003
  • Publication City/Country: Lanham, MD
  • ISBN 10: 0739102761
  • ISBN 13: 9780739102763
  • Illustrations note: bibliography, index

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The decline of statism as the world's dominant ideology has ignited a fierce debate over the evolving shape and power of federalism in global society. The popular demand for devolution has shifted the locus of power from national government to smaller regional units and heralded the reconceptualization of international law away from the idea of sovereignty, toward one of jurisdiction. This timely set of essays studies the impact wrought by these centrifugal forces across Europe, Africa, and the Americas, and analyzes the latest movements for constitutional change, self-determination, and separation. Comparative Federalism in the Devolution Era offers political scientists and legal scholars a new perspective on the diverse nature and exercise of postmodern federalism, and the continuing struggle between differing views of the national-local relationship.

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Author information

Neil Colman McCabe is Professor of Law at South Texas College of Law.

Table of contents

Chapter 1 "Our Federalism," Not Theirs: Judicial Comparative Federalism in the U.S. Chapter 2 The State System + Globalization (Economic Plus Human Rights) = Federalism (State Federations Plus Regional Considerations) Chapter 3 Self-Determination, Autonomy, and State Secession in Federal, Constitutional, and International Law Chapter 4 Creating a Metropolitan Tier of Government in Federal Systems: Getting "There" From "Here" in Mexico City and in Other Latin American Megacities Chapter 5 Comparative Subnational Constitutional Law: South Africa's Provincial Constitutional Experiments Chapter 6 After Communism: Devolution in Central and Eastern Europe Chapter 7 Creating Federalism in Russia Chapter 8 Constitutional Change in the United Kingdom: New Model or Mere Respray? Chapter 9 Financial Federalism with an Accent Chapter 10 Devolution and the Paradox of Democratic Unresponsiveness Chapter 11 Travelling the Road to Rambouillet: Is the Imposition of Federalism in Kosovo Pragmatic Foreign Policy or Unwise Meddling? Chapter 12 A Post-Conference Reflection on Federalism, Toleration, and Human Rights Chapter 13 Federalism and Rights: A Neglected Relationship Chapter 14 Reflections on: "'Our Federalism,' Not Theirs"- A Rejoinder To Professor Neil McCabe