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Multinational Federalism and the “Federal Deficit”

In this article, Félix Mathieu and Dave Guénette posit that multinational federations are polities that hold together at least two constituent national partners. They assert that minority nations within this arrangement sometimes cannot fully empower their societal cultures with their own autonomous institutions. As a result, the authors argue, the state in which minority nations evolve might suffer from a multinational “federalism deficit.” Mathieu and Guénette propose a way to measure and compare such deficits. Read more here.

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