The Promise and Pitfalls of Federalism: Constitutional Development for the Twenty-First Century
The war in Iraq and the recent civil war in Libya raise persistent questions about how nations with deep religious, ethnic, racial, and/or regional cleavages can best forge democratic governance with a sustainable political system, rule of law, and fiscal stability.
Federalism is often proposed as a constitutional mechanism for addressing the inherent problems with power sharing across different groups, as well as to the risks to minority populations that majoritarian democracy can pose. And yet, scholars are divided over the specific purpose, design and effectiveness of federalism as a mechanism for democratic governance.
This workshop explores federalism as an organizing principle for twenty-first century democratic constitutions and its impact on democratic governance.