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Historical Institutionalism and Comparative Federalism

Jörg Broschek
From the journal World Political Science


With some exceptions, efforts to systematically apply a historical-institutionalist framework to the study of federalism have been few and far between. This paper argues, however, that historical institutionalism lends itself particularly well for addressing two important research questions in the field of comparative federalism: the origins of federal systems and their dynamics. It is suggested that a historical-institutionalist framework can significantly contri­bute to encourage theoretical cross-fertilization within the field of comparative federalism.

Corresponding author: Jörg Broschek, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Institut für Politikwissenschaft, Arbeitsbereich: Politisches System der BRD und Vergleich politischer Systeme, 64283 Darmstadt, Phone: +49 (0)6151/16–2837

Published Online: 2012-9-10

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