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What is Federalism?

The concept of “federalism” has developed over time, with the contemporary notion as a form of government having been developed in late 18th century America. Yet, the term has been used through history to mean a myriad of social and political formations of government and types of governing on national and international levels. In Federalism, Mahendra Prasad Singh provides an extensive and detailed look at the development of the concept of federalism through history, providing significant context with key background facts and events shaping the concept through time from national to international applications. This article is one of six new articles published in the November update of MPECCoL.

Launched on April 27, 2017 and overseen by editors Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Rüdiger Wolfrum, Dr. Frauke Lachenmann (Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law), and Prof. Dr. Rainer Grote (Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law), the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law provides a high level of analytic coverage of constitutional law topics in a comparative context. The encyclopedia articles address a focused range of topics that seek to provide the best coverage of the essence, character, development, and history of constitutional law from a global perspective.

The following articles have been made freely available to offer further insight into the range and depth of this new resource:

Death Penalty
Administrative Disputes in Civil Law Jurisdictions
Local Government
Parliamentary Systems
Regulation of Telecommunication
Marbury v Madison Case (US)
Supreme Court of Japan (Saikô saibansho)
Spanish Constitution of 1812
Implementation and Enforcement of Environmental Rights

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November 28, 2017

MPECCOL November 2017 Update

Six new articles have been added to MPECCoL, taking the total to 96.

August 7, 2017

OCW July 2017 Update

4 new constitutional documents covering 1 subnational jurisdiction & 1 new monograph

July 7, 2017

OCW June 2017 Update

9 new constitutional documents covering 3 countries, 5 new indigenous polities, and 3 US states updated/added to OCW as well as 2 monographs.

June 30, 2017

Timeline of the United States’ Constitutional Law

Oxford University Press presents a timeline detailing the history of the United States’ constitutional law.