Federalism and Democracy: Beyond the U.S. Model

  title={Federalism and Democracy: Beyond the U.S. Model},
  author={Alfred C. Stepan},
  journal={Journal of Democracy},
  pages={19 - 34}
  • A. Stepan
  • Published 1 October 1999
  • Political Science, Sociology
  • Journal of Democracy
For those of us interested in the spread and consolidation of democracy, whether as policy makers, human rights activists, political analysts, or democratic theorists, there is a greater need than ever to reconsider the potential risks and benefits of federalism. The greatest risk is that federal arrangements can offer opportunities for ethnic nationalists to mobilize their resources. This risk is especially grave when elections are introduced in the subunits of a formerly nondemocratic federal… 

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