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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Distribution of Powers in Federal Systems

Peter Bussjaeger, Mirella Johler

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 19 April 2021

Delegated powers — State sovereignty and states' rights — Political philosophy of federalism — Types of federalism

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

1. Federalism (federalism) merges formerly separate units into a new state, and/or rearranges a previously unitary country, or even mingles both processes (Anderson 7; Kincaid, ‘Introduction’ 11). Thus, federations must divide legislative, administrative, and judicial powers (Folz 647). The use of constitutional provisions, which divide (legislative and administrative) competences and assign them to different levels of governments, should thereby secure subnational autonomy (Elazar 205). 2. According to Watts (Watts (2008) 84), historic evolution may influence the...
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