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Democratic FederalismThe Economics, Politics, and Law of Federal Governance$
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Robert Inman and Daniel L. Rubinfeld

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780691202129

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691202129.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.1) 1 Introduction
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Democratic Federalism
Author(s):

Robert P. Inman

Daniel L. Rubinfeld

Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691202129.003.0001

This introductory chapter provides an overview of federalism. It first defines the key institutional features of federal governance and presents evidence as to the relative importance of federal states among the nations of the world. The chapter then offers an empirical evaluation of the ability of Democratic Federalism to advance the three objectives embraced by its supporters: economic efficiency, political participation and democratic stability, and the protection of individual rights and liberties. Causation is always a question in such exercises, but the correlations are clear. Societies governed by the principles of Democratic Federalism are richer, safer for personal rights and liberties, and democratically more engaged.

Keywords:   federalism, federal governance, federal states, Democratic Federalism, economic efficiency, political participation, democratic stability, individual rights, individual liberties

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