- Class Number 3248
- Term Code 3330
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- AsPr Tracy Fenwick
- AsPr Tracy Fenwick
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 20/02/2023
- Class End Date 26/05/2023
- Census Date 31/03/2023
- Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
The main objective of this course is to understand, in both, theory and practice, the central goals and challenges inherent within a federal system of government. Within federal configurations, power and resources can simultaneously shift downwards (towards local government) and upwards towards the center. Why would the center concede power to subnational units or vice versa? In this course, we will explore the logic of power-sharing and the motives (causes) that drive it from two different theoretical perspectives that are grounded in experience: rational choice (American) and historical institutionalism (European). In the final stages of the course we will begin to look at the impact (consequences) of federalism on democracy and democratic representation, economic stability, and redistribution. By doing so, we will be examining one of the most dynamic research areas at the intersection of political science and economics. We will examine both the normative theories of federalism and how it is applied in practice to countries such as Australia, Canada, and the US, and in emerging federations such as Brazil and Argentina. Australian federalism will be a focus of this course, and will provide students with a unique opportunity to design (reform) the Australian Federation.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- define and explain the concept of federalism, where it originated, and what it was intended to achieve;
- assess whether a given country and society is federal or federation-like, and attempt to theorise whether or not it matters within its context;
- analyse different schools/methods used to investigate federalism and be able to critically asses their value and importance;
- demonstrate an understanding of why federalism matters for public policy outcomes in Australia and beyond; and
- communicate understanding of comparative Federalism through written analysis and/or verbal presentation.
Ordeshook, Peter, Filippov, Michael and Olga Shetsova. 2004. Designing Federalism: A Theory of Self-Sustainable Federal Institutions. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Online ANU Access: http://site.ebrary.com/lib/anuau/docDetail.action?docID=10124737
Various. 2012. “The Future of Australian Federalism: Comparative and Interdisciplinary Perspectives: Cambridge, Cambridge University Press. [Available online via ANU library]
Fenwick, Tracy Beck. 2016. Avoiding Governors: Federalism, Democracy, and Poverty Alleviation in Brazil and Argentina. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press.[Reserves]
Hueglin, Thomas and Alan Fenna. 2010. Comparative Federalism: A Systematic Inquiry [RESERVES]
Watts, Ronald. Comparing Federal Systems. McGill Queens University Press [RESERVES]
Bednar, Jenna. 2009. The Robust Federation: Principles of Design. Cambridge: University of Cambridge Press.
Galligan, Brian. 1995. A Federal Republic: Australia’s Constitutional System of Federalism. Melbourne: Cambridge University Press.
Skogstad, Cameron, Papillion, and Banting. The Global Promise of Federalism. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
Staff FeedbackStudents will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Introduction: What is Federalism and Why Study it?|
|2||Where does it come from and why come together?|
|3||Federalism and Democracy: Representation and Accountability.|
|4||Intergovernmental Relations and the Distribution of Power|
|5||Federalism and the Welfare State|
|6||Political Parties in Federal Systems|
|7||Fiscal Federalism: Does federalism promote economic growth?|
|8||Part II: Doing Comparative Federalism (Some Methods)|
|9||Australia and Canada|
|10||Latin America Federations in Comparative Perspective|
|11||Multinational Federations in Comparative Perspective|
|12||Course Conclusions||Final Essay or Policy Memo Due|
You must sign up to present in the seminar via Wattle at the beginning of the term. Only two pairs of presenters per workshop is allowed.
|Assessment task||Value||Learning Outcomes|
|Comparative Research Essay or Policy Memo (3,000 words)- due week 12||45 %||1,2,3,4,5|
|In-class oral presentations 25%||25 %||1,4,5|
|3 x Quizzes 30%||30 %||3,4,5|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
Comparative Research Essay or Policy Memo (3,000 words)- due week 12
Comparative Research Essay (Compare one of the major themes of the course in at least two federal countries: design, representation/accountability, economic growth, nationalism/conflict/succession, the welfare state/social expenditure. At least one paragraph must be included to justify your choice of cases to compare [or] Write a policy memo/reform proposal.
For memo, Federalism was a reoccurring theme during the 2019-2020 bushfires in Australia and will be a priority area on the agenda for the upcoming 2020 COAG meetings. Since COVID, federalism has undergone a massive reinvigoration in Australia. By drawing on previous natural disasters from Australian and other Federal Countries, what recommendations would you make to the Australian Government in term of how to manage the bushfires or the pandemic better? Remember, initially Prime Minister Morrison declared both the fires and the border closures/restrictions a “state responsibility” (Several guides will be given to help you with the format). Alternatively, you may choose to write a policy memo on subnational policy innovations in Australia such as the ACT’s move to legalize cannabis possession and its impact on Australia’s Drug Policies. Remember to choose a specific audience to address in writing your memo--i.e. Scott Morrison, the ACT Government, COAG, etc....
There are lots of guides on how to write a policy memo---here is one https://shorensteincenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Christopher-Stones-Memo-on-Memo-Writing.pdf
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,4,5
In-class oral presentations 25%
You must sign up too present one of the week's readings in class, you are expected to present the author's research question, main argument, and then offer critical reflections. This is a 10 minute oral presentation optional power point is permitted. You then must answer a Q&A as if you are defending the author/piece.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 3,4,5
3 x Quizzes 30%
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Federalism and the Politics of Redistribution; Social Policy and the Welfare State
AsPr Tracy Fenwick
AsPr Tracy Fenwick