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- DescriptionThis fifth book in the Global Dialogue series explores foreign policy in federal countries, which often varies among such countries and differs considerably from that of unitary countries. Foreign policy has traditionally been the responsibility of central governments. In countries with a unitary system of government this state of affairs is relatively unproblematic since most powers accrue to, and most public policy is conducted at, the national level. In federal countries, however, constitutional powers and responsibility for the conduct of public policy are shared between the federal government and constituent units - states, provinces, cantons, and so on - with each order of government responsible for a set of functions. Foreign Relations in Federal Countries addresses questions such as: What constitutional powers do the federal governments and constituent states have to conduct foreign affairs? To what degree are relations between orders of government regularized by formal agreement or informal practice? What roles do constituent governments have in negotiation and implementation of international treaties? The volume offers a comparative perspective on the conduct of foreign relations in twelve federal countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, India, Malaysia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States. The contributors include Francisco Aldecoa (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), George Anderson (Forum of Federations), Raoul Blindenbacher (Forum of Federations), Peter Bursens (Universiteit Antwerpen), Noe Cornago (University of the Basque Country), Earl Fry (Brigham Young University), Stefan Hammer (University of Vienna), Rudolf Hrbek (University of Tubingen), Happymon Jacob (University of Jammu), Eduardo Iglesias (Consejo Argenti para las Relaciones Internacionales), Andreas Kiefer (European Affairs Office, Land Salzburg), Andre Lecours (Concordia University), and Francis Kok-Wah Loh (Universiti Sains Malaysia). It also includes Malcom MacLaren (University of Zurich), Francoise Massart-Pierard (Universite Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve), Amitabh Mattoo (University of Jammu), Hans J. Michelmann (University of Saskatchewan), Christina Murray (University of Cape Town), Salim A. Nakhjavani (University of Cape Town), Chandra Pasma (Forum of Federations), Daniel Thurer (University of Zurich), and Anne Twomey (University of Sydney).
- Author BiographyHans Michelmann is professor of political studies, University of Saskatchewan, specializing in European and comparative politics and international relations.
- PublisherMcGill-Queen's University Press
- Date of Publication28/01/2009
- SubjectInternational Relations
- Series TitleGlobal Dialogue on Federalism Series
- Place of PublicationMontreal
- Country of PublicationCanada
- ImprintMcGill-Queen's University Press
- Content Noteblack & white tables, maps, figures
- Weight658 g
- Width150 mm
- Height226 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Edited byHans J. Michelmann
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