Handbook of Territorial Politics
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Handbook of Territorial Politics

Edited by Klaus Detterbeck and Eve Hepburn

The study of territorial politics has enjoyed a renaissance in the last thirty years. Scholars have questioned the state-centric assumptions upon which mainstream social science has been built, pointing to the territorial (re)distribution of power across and within states. This Handbook brings together leading scholars to demonstrate how territory has shaped institutional structures, public policies, elections, political parties, and identity across the world. Offering theoretical, comparative and empirical insights, this book provides a comprehensive overview of the impact of territory on modern political, economic and social life.
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Chapter 4: Challenges of interdependence and coordination in federal systems

Nicole Bolleyer


Interdependence is a core feature of federal regimes, distinct from decentralization (a much more prominent concept). Interdependence is creating intense pressure for coordination. Federal systems vary considerably in how they combine degrees of interdependence and decentralization. Various features generate structural interdependence in regimes. The chapter provides a systematic analysis of possible modes of coordination that government units might adopt in response to coordination pressures. The politics of intergovernmental relations are discussed from the perspective of inter-executive and inter-parliamentary relations. While there is a broad comparative view on interdependence and coordination in federal systems, the cases of Canada, the United States and Switzerland are examined in greater detail.

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