12Federalism and autonomy
Federal systems characteristically seek to establish constitutional structures reconciling self-rule and shared rule (Elazar, 5). Given the avowed objective of such systems to protect and promote self-rule, federalism inevitably relates to autonomy and its beneficiaries. Yet, there are limits to an approach linking federalism and autonomy:
- (1) Context – The various institutional designs of federal systems address problems faced by particular political communities stemming from distinct political and legal traditions.
- (2) Descriptive v normative – Federalism scholarship is either descriptive (analytical) or normative. This chapter will ...