Federation/Confederation (Encylcopedia Entry)

Encyclopedia of Political Science, CQ Press: 2007

Forthcoming in the International Encyclopedia of Political Science

4 Pages Posted: 2 Aug 2013

Date Written: July 30, 2007

Abstract

This entry contrasts two forms of organizing political authority: federation and confederation. The two are distinguished as follows. A confederation is a union of equal, sovereign states (each recognized by the international community) that have formed, for limited general purposes, a common government. By contrast, a federation consists of a system of divided powers where a central government and territorial units (known variously as provinces, regions states or cantons) each have different policy responsibilities.

Keywords: federation, confederarion, separation of powers

Suggested Citation

Glencross, Andrew R., Federation/Confederation (Encylcopedia Entry) (July 30, 2007). Encyclopedia of Political Science, CQ Press: 2007, Forthcoming in the International Encyclopedia of Political Science, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2119924 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2119924

Andrew R. Glencross (Contact Author)

University of Stirling ( email )

Stirling, Scotland FK9 4LA
United Kingdom

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