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Theory And Reality: Federal Ideas In Australia, England And Europe



Theory And Reality: Federal Ideas In Australia, England And Europe

Author: S. Rufus Davis



"A fine piece of scholarship from one of the world's leading authorities on federalism ... blending both historical research and experience and contemporary themes." Kenneth Wiltshire Theory and Reality is a lively and engaging collection of essays from an original and far-sighted scholar of federal theory. Many simplistic beliefs and misconceptions have grown up over the last hundred years around the subject of federalism and constitutional government in Australia, confusing the understanding of what a federal constitution is, or can be. Theory and Reality challenges settled views and invites a critical focus on a wide range of topics central to the working of the Australian political and constitutional system. It also examines the federal idea elsewhere, in particular the failed attempt to devolve power to Scotland and the notion of subsidiarity and the democratisation of the European Union. At a time when federations, particularly the Australian model, are being subjected to renewed scrutiny, this book revises and renovates our understanding of the Australian federal system.