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Totalitarianism In Perspective: Three Views
Totalitarianism In Perspective Three Views Author:Carl J. Friedrich, Micheal Curtis. Bejamin R. Barber Federalism has always presented problems for students of political systems. Even the attempt to reach a definition of the term has frequently provoked intense argument. Just as often, such attempts have deteriorated into little more than descriptions of structural features. In Trends Of Federalism In Theory And Practice, Carl J. Friedrich moves ... more »away from strictly structural analysis to treat federalism; hence, rigid constitutionalist categories are laid aside, legal definition becomes secondary, and federal systems are analyzed according to the processes and interactions they contain.
In Part I of the volume, Professor Friedrich lays out his approach to federalism as a process, traces the origins of the concept and discusses the basic themes and problems of existing federal systems. Federalism is analyzed as it interacts with nationalism, social structure, and party systems; problems of delegated administration, economic planning, and decision-making are examined in detail; and future turnings of federalism and explored. Part II deals with specific federal systems, each of which has been selected because it illustrates one or more of the themes discussed in Part I. By no means an exhaustive study of all existing federal or quasi-federal systems, the eleven cases analyzed are representative of the full spectrum of evolving federalism and, taken together, offer unique picture of the vitality of the federal process.« less