Of the 193 states in the world today, only 25 are federations

Of the 193 states in the world today, only 25 are federations.

1. Of the 193 states in the world today, only 25 are federations, i.e. countries that constitutionally divide their governing powers between federal (or national) and regional governments. Some comparativists argue that federalism, more so than unitary systems of government, leads to more stable democracies and higher (economic) development. Is this claim true? Explain the major advantages and disadvantages of federalism before arguing why (or why not) federalism leads to more developed, consolidated democracies. Use the assigned readings as well as at least two empirical cases to support your claims.
Assigned reading:
• Stepan, Alfred. 1999. Federalism and Democracy: Beyond the U.S. Model. Journal of Democracy 10(4): 19-34.
• Rodden, Jonathan and Erik Wibbels. 2002. Beyond the Fiction of Federalism: Economic Management in Multi-Tiered Systems. World Politics 54(4): 494-531.

Of the 193 states in the world today, only 25 are federations

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