Multinational Federations

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Michael Burgess, John Pinder
Routledge, Apr 11, 2007 - Political Science - 272 pages
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This is the first comparative volume available on multinational federations, bringing together an international range of experts on federalism.

Multinational federations are federal states intended to provide a framework that can accommodate, manage and resolve some of the most intractable political conflicts of our time that emerge from identity politics: those that stem from competing national visions, whether within or between established states.

Featuring key experts in the field such as Michael Burgess, Alain Gagnon and Ronald Watts, this unique book draws on a wide geographical range of country studies including Belgium, Canada, India, Malaysia, Spain, Russia, Cyprus, India, Switzerland and the EU in order to illustrate the pivotal relationship between federalism and nationalism. In so doing, it addresses the practical relevance of federalism to the new political recognition of difference and diversity in the specific form of national minoritarianism.

Multinational Federations will be of strong interest to students and researchers of federalism, democracy and nationalism.

  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Healthy tensions and unresolved issues in Canada
17
Reflections on the Belgian federal state
31
4 Federalism and competing nations in India
50
The case of Malaysia
68
6 Federalization in multinational Spain
86
From constitutional to contract federalism and the war of laws and sovereignties
108
Bicommunalism federation and confederation in Cyprus
127
The problem of the European Union
150
10 Federation and managing nations
180
11 India and Switzerland as multinational federations
212
12 Multinational federations in comparative perspective
225
Index
248
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About the author (2007)

John Pinder, OBE, is an Honorary Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges and Natolin, and Chairman of the Federal Trust, London.
Simon Usherwood is Lecturer in Political, International, and Policy Studies at the University of Surrey.

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