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Federal Stability in Unequal Societies


Hug, Simon (2005). Federal Stability in Unequal Societies. Constitutional Political Economy, 16(2):113-124.

Abstract

The stability of federal systems is a thorny issue. Several scholars have attempted to come to grips with this problem and have proposed mechanisms or institutions which may contribute to the stabilization of federal systems. In many instances, however, the underlying mechanisms and micro-foundations are poorly specified. In this paper I build upon existing models dealing with decentralization and secession to incorporate unequal income distributions and externalities of public goods. Based on this some insights may be derived on the appropriate mechanisms to foster federal stability

Abstract

The stability of federal systems is a thorny issue. Several scholars have attempted to come to grips with this problem and have proposed mechanisms or institutions which may contribute to the stabilization of federal systems. In many instances, however, the underlying mechanisms and micro-foundations are poorly specified. In this paper I build upon existing models dealing with decentralization and secession to incorporate unequal income distributions and externalities of public goods. Based on this some insights may be derived on the appropriate mechanisms to foster federal stability

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Contributors:1572-9966
Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:National licences > 142-005
Dewey Decimal Classification:Unspecified
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Sociology and Political Science
Social Sciences & Humanities > Philosophy
Social Sciences & Humanities > Economics and Econometrics
Social Sciences & Humanities > Law
Language:English
Date:1 June 2005
Deposited On:23 Oct 2018 14:59
Last Modified:15 Apr 2021 14:52
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:1043-4062
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s10602-005-2231-9

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