State, society and congruence in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany and Switzerland
By Jan Erk
Routledge – 2007 – 168 pages
This book deals with the theoretical and empirical questions of federalism in the context of five case studies: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany and Switzerland.
The central argument is that in the long run the political institutions of federalism adapt to achieve congruence with the underlying social structure. This change could be in the centralist direction reflecting ethno-linguistic homogeneity, or in decentralist terms corresponding to ethno-linguistic heterogeneity. In this context, the volume:
Explaining Federalism will be of interest to students and scholars of federalism, comparative government, comparative institutional analysis and comparative public policy.
1. Federalism and Congruence 2. Austria 3. Belgium 4. Canada 5. Germany 6. Switzerland 7. The Political Sociology of Federalism
Jan Erk is Assistant Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands.