University of Michigan Gateway Ford School

Policy Leadership in Federations

Ken Kollman, Department of Political Science, University of Michigan

a 2006 CLOSUP Small Grants Program award

Abstract:
This project comprises research and writing toward a book on comparative federalism. The research is fundamentally about the processes of deciding on public policies. The research will examine a well-known tradeoff made by public officials in a federation: in order to get the policies they want they may need to agree to institutional changes that grant more power to other levels of the federation, changes that have uncertain consequences into the future. These tradeoffs will be studied in the context of the European Union and the United States.

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