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In Search of the Federal Spirit: New Comparative Empirical and Theoretical Perspectives

Michael Burgess


The book is about the theory and practice of federal state formation in the post-Cold War era. It introduces the concept of the federal spirit as an instrument to examine and explore the emergence of new federal models that represent a radical departure from our conventional understanding of the conditions that gave rise to the classic cases of the United States, Switzerland, Canada and Australia. In contrast the formation of the new federal models exemplified by Belgium, the Russian Federation, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Venezuela and accompanied by the gradual evolution of fed ... More

Keywords: federalism, federation, federal spirit, federal political system, federal models, comparative federalism, federal theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199606238
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199606238.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Burgess, author
Professor of Federal Studies, Rutherford College, University of Kent, Canterbury