Edited by Klaus Detterbeck and Eve Hepburn
Chapter 22: Territorial reform policies in federal and multilevel systems
The goal of this chapter is to understand better the processes of formal constitutional or territorial reform of federations and multilevel systems. The chapter defines and operationalizes the dimensions of territorial reform regarding reform as a particular public policy that follows specific policy paradigms. It then reviews several factors accounting for its occurrence, contents and decision outcomes. Different factors of an explanatory model are presented, seeking to establish causal mechanisms and hypotheses. Unlike the usual perspective on change of federal systems that looks at evolution and long-term development, this perspective considers change over the short term and understands it as an intentional policy designed and adopted by governments and parliaments. The chapter concludes with some reflections on the usefulness of the model and the relative importance of the different groups of explanatory factors.
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