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Shared rule as a signal of central state commitment to regional self-rule

Shair-Rosenfield, Sarah (2022) 'Shared rule as a signal of central state commitment to regional self-rule.' Regional and Federal Studies, 32 (3). pp. 375-392. ISSN 1359-7566

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Regional governments, particularly those representing distinct communities, are typically thought to pursue power of self-rule, or the ability to self-govern within their own regional jurisdiction. In contrast, limited attention has been paid to the importance of granting substantial influence via shared rule, or the ability to co-exercise authority over the state as a whole. Yet, central governments who fail to provide some form of guarantee regarding the authority to self-rule may face ongoing challenges to their legitimacy, authority, and ability to govern. As a result, granting shared control over modifications to their legal status may help to pacify demands from restive regions and those geographically separated from the state’s centre. Analyzing the relationship between self- and shared rule across regional governments in Europe, the Americas, and Asia, I examine how the horizontal dimension of multi-level governance can serve as an accommodation strategy by central governments.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Decentralization; shared rule; self-rule; credible commitment; Asia
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2021 12:49
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2022 15:26

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