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Comparative Federalism

Le fédéralisme dans une perspective comparative

Responsible Faculty: Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (SSP)

Teacher(s): Dietmar Braun
Lecturer(s): -

Validity: 2013 -> 2014

No timetable defined.


Spring semester
4 hours per week
56 hours per semester

Teaching language(s): French
Public: Yes
Credits: 0


The pedagogic course objectives are the following:
- To know the main issues related to federalism as a political order
- To be able to apply the lessons on case studies (as a group exercise) and to discuss the results in class
- To understand the consequences of the financial and economic crisis on federal countries and to discuss these issues in the seminary sessions
- To write a seminar paper on a current issue linked to the impact of the financial and economic crisis on federal countries


Federalism is often said to be a very important dimension that explains the quality of democracy, the effectiveness of public policies and also the capacity to integrate population groups. The teaching course will treat the explanatory value of federalism on these dimensions by comparing the management of public services (water - gas - electricity - telecommunications) in federal states vis-à-vis unitary states. The impact of federalism on the management of public services will be mainly analyzed by the sutdy of different types of organization and regulatory regims adopted as well as the role assined to the consumer within the management of those vital services. The European Union will serve to discuss the reorganization of the different national markets, including the debate on "market liberalization".


Evaluation will take place on the base of participation in discussions and a written paper.

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