The Future of Australian Federalism: Comparative and Interdisciplinary Perspectives

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Gabrielle Appleby, Nicholas Aroney, Thomas John
Cambridge University Press, Mar 8, 2012 - Law
At a time when the operation and reform of federal relations within Australia is squarely on the political agenda, this volume brings together eminent lawyers, economists and political scientists who explain, analyse and evaluate the theory and principles underpinning the Australian federal system. Topics covered include the High Court's approach to the interpretation of the Constitution and how this has influenced federal relations in practice; different forms of inter-governmental co-operative arrangements; fiscal relations between the Commonwealth and the States; and emergent ethno-cultural and socioeconomic diversity within the Australian Federation. Comparative perspectives from Germany, America, Canada, Switzerland, India and the European Union provide unique prisms through which to view the operation of the Australian system and to contemplate its reform.
 

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Contents

past present and future tense
1
Part I The federalstate balance
25
comparative perspectives
113
Part III Federalism and multiethnic societies
211
Part IV Fiscal federalism
301
Part V Reforming Australia s federal system
363
Index
463
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Gabrielle Appleby is a PhD candidate at the University of Adelaide researching the constitutional role of the Solicitor-General in Australia.

Nicholas Aroney is Professor of Constitutional Law at the Centre for Public, International and Comparative Law in the TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland.

Thomas John heads the Commonwealth Attorney-General Department's private international law section.

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