Welcome to 50 shades of federalism

50 Shades of Federalism is a project established in October 2017 at Canterbury Christ Church University to help inform debate about many issues related to the topic of ‘federalism’.

Articles, written by some of the leading scholars and practitioners in the field, will be published on a regular basis.

Having identified five main themes – Case Studies, Conflict Resolution, Diversity Management, Policies and Theory – the central aim of this project is to provide succinct, easy accessible, high quality research articles free of charge. The research articles will feature discussions on a number of abstract and historical issues, as well as illuminate some of the contemporary dynamics in debates on federalism. Given that the study of federalism straddles a variety of disciplines, we seek to pursue a multidisciplinary approach with contributions from politician scientists, theorists and constitutional lawyers, some of whom are leading scholars in the field.

Despite being based in the UK, the articles featured will be penned by scholars from all over the world to ensure that a diversity of perspectives and case studies are considered and that the multifaceted nature of federalism studies is presented.

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Latest Articles:

  • Federalism and Federation: Putting the Record Straight

    Download as PDF Abstract The terms ‘federalism’ and ‘federation’ are well entrenched concepts in the political science literature, yet remain contested because in practice people have different understandings of the terms federal, federalism and federation. In this short piece I set out the importance of …Read More »
  • Linguistic Diversity in Plurinational States

    Download as PDF Abstract This article examines the politics of language in plurinational states. First, I argue that the relationship between language and nationhood is politically constructed through two broad processes: state nation-building and ‘peripheral’ activism. Second, I present three broad strategies of territorial management …Read More »
  • Federalism, Democracy and Inclusion: What about the Others?

    Download as PDF Abstract Two competing perspectives on the role of federalism in divided societies prevail: accommodation and integration. An accommodationist reading of federalism suggests drawing subunit boundaries to provide minority groups with self-rule whereas integrationist forms of federalism argue that units should be designed …Read More »