Contrasting Unitary and Federal Systems

  title={Contrasting Unitary and Federal Systems},
  author={Daniel Judah Elazar},
  journal={International Political Science Review},
  pages={237 - 251}
  • D. Elazar
  • Published 1 July 1997
  • Political Science
  • International Political Science Review
The modern age of statism at most divided polities into unitary or federal states. In doing so it obscured the three models of the origin and development of the polity: hierarchic, organic, and covenantal, with the first two leading to unitary states and the third to federal polities. All three models produce institutions, are informed by political cultures, and lead to political behavior characteristic, and at times even singular, to each. This article explores some of the institutional… 
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