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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Component Federal Units

Peter Bussjäger, Mirella Johler

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 18 June 2021

Supremacy — Federal constitutions — Subnational sources — Borders and boundaries — Central government — Decentralization — Delegation of power — Federalism

General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.
Managing Editor: Ana Harvey

1 Terminologically, federations are polities which are characterized by their build-up of hierarchically arranged statist units: below the principal entity which serves as a uniting superstructure, the subnational level is constituted of various but clearly definable units. These component units are often referred to as constituent units (Watts (2008) 71) because they serve as building blocks upon which federations are based (see also federalism; types of federalism; political philosophy of federalism). 2 Federal theory suggests that the constituent/component...
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