- Code POLS3029
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Political Science
- Areas of interest Development Studies, Policy Studies, Political Sciences, Political Economy, Latin American Studies
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Tracy Fenwick
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2015
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The main objective of this course is to understand, in both, theory and practice, the main goals and challenges inherent within a federal system of government. In 1964, William Riker stated in the preface to his seminal work that federalism emanates from one source, but exists across many diverse institutional and cultural settings.
In this course, we will begin to unpack that statement in order to understand, first, where federalism originates and what it was intended to achieve, second, why federal ‘models’ of government across diverse institutional and cultural settings exhibit such variation, and third, what are the ‘general’ and ‘local’ dilemmas of federalism and how does multi-level governance attempt to solve them?
How does federalism and multi-level governance affect policymaking and policy outcomes, democracy and democratic representation, economic stability, and ethnic/territorial conflict? Examples for this course will be drawn from both the developed and developing world.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Understand what federalism is, where it originated,and what it was (theoretically) intended to achieve.
- Distinguish between federalism and multi-level governance and discuss whether authoritative action on public matters should no longer be the domain of one government
- Categorise whether a given country and society is federal or federation-like, and attempt to theorise whether or not it matters?
- Compare two or more nations and determine how they are different.
- Critically assess the value and importance of alternate arguments
- Communicate their understanding of comparative Federalism through written analysis and/or verbal presentation.
- Comparative Research Paper 50% of the total grade (3,000 words), (Learning Outcomes 3, 4)
- Oral Presentation-10 mins, 10% (Learning Outcome 5, 6).
- Final Exam 2 hours (Formal Exam Period), 40% (Learning Outcomes 1 and 2).
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WorkloadOne 2 hour lecture and a 1 hour tutorial per week for 13 weeks. Students are expected to undertake a further 7 hours of independent study each week during the semester (total workload 130 hours).
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsOrdeshook, Peter, Filippov, Michael and Olga Shetsova. 2004. Designing Federalism: A Theory of Self-Sustainable Federal Institutions. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Watts, Ronald L. 2008. Comparing Federal Systems. (3rd Edition), Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press.
Gibson, E. L. 2004. Federalism and Democracy in Latin America, Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press.
Gagnon, Alain and James Tully (eds) 2001. Multinational Democracies. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|3177||16 Feb 2015||06 Mar 2015||31 Mar 2015||29 May 2015||In Person||N/A|