Acta Politica

, Volume 44, Issue 1, pp 113–117 | Cite as

Federalism and Regionalism in Western Europe. A Comparative and Thematic Analysis: The Architecture of Government: Rethinking Political Decentralization

  • Arjan H Schakel
Book Review

Wilfried Swenden Palgrave Macmillan, Houndmills, 2006, 325pp. ISBN: 978-1-4039-0627-4, Hardback, £68.00.

Daniel Treisman Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 2007, 328pp. ISBN: 978-0-521-69382-0, Paperback, £15.99, ISBN: 978-0-5218-7229-4, Hardback, £45.00.

The territorial dimension of the state gets increasingly more attention. Processes such as decentralization, regionalization, federalization and multi-level governance lead to a burgeoning literature. Still we do not fully understand and cannot explain the diverse vertical state structures and its consequences as two recently published books illustrate.

Treisman's book The Architecture of Governmentdeals with the general belief that decentralization is a good thing. The book carefully reexamines the ‘arguments’ (hypotheses) for and against decentralization by making use of formal modeling and extensive and careful reasoning. This is significant as institutions such as the World Bank, the United Nations Development Program and...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arjan H Schakel
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  1. 1.Vrije Universiteit AmsterdamThe Netherlands

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