Comparative Federalism, Secession, And Constitutionalism

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-24
Number of pages24
Journal / PublicationBangladesh Journal of Law
Issue number1 & 2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020
Externally publishedYes


The sanctity of federalism seemingly retains the impulse of constitutionalism and the pledge of good governance in a political heterogeneous society where a sizable number of groups live with their own identities. Multi-nationalism or ethnic diversity impacts on structuring a state in a federal pattern that has been developed and categorized with the titles of federalism, devolution and decentralization. Nonetheless, this taxonomy involves the accommodation of people of different ethnicities, and optimizes the public good and services even at the last possible layers of a given state. To reinforce the governmental order connecting such motivation, fiscal federalism seems an acceptable technique of governance, and ethnic federalism remains an order to reconcile the factions amongst the ethnic groups declining the exclusive majoritarian rule. This essay can be seen as an effort to unpack the variation of the practices and consequences of the said forms of federalism in the countries where these have been constitutionally adopted, and mature by the influx of time. In addition, when they lack proper execution and abandon the accordance of constitutionalism, the understanding offered throughout this research can guide to assess their impact on the process of secession.