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Identities, Trust, and Cohesion in Federal Systems

Public Perspectives

edited by Jack Jedwab & John Kincaid

McGill-Queen's University Press
Initial publish date
Feb 2019
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To what extent do federal systems promote multiple identities and attachments? How do their identities affect the trust that is assigned to various orders of government and contribute to cohesion in federalist systems? Do cohesive federations depend on public trust and strong attachment to the national or central government? Are attachments and identification with the various orders of government in conflict or are they compatible? Identities, Trust, and Cohesion in Federal Systems offers eight comparative essays that provide key insights into identity debates in federalist countries. The findings are drawn from extensive analyses of public opinion data in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States. The editors seek to improve our understanding of how identity, trust, and cohesion correlate with centralized, decentralized, and asymmetrical models of federalism in order to gain insight into the diverse governance challenges that various nations encounter. Making effective use of empirical data to draw evidence-based conclusions about federalist governance, Identities, Trust, and Cohesion in Federal Systems breaks new ground in public policy studies.

About the authors

Jack Jedwab is President of the Association for Canadian Studies and the Canadian Institute of Identities and Migration. In 1994-1998 he served as Executive Director of the Quebec Region of the Canadian Jewish Congress. He holds a doctoral degree in Quebec history from Concordia University and has lectured at McGill University and the University of Quebec in Montreal. He is founding editor of the magazines Canadian Issues and Canadian Diversity and publishes essays in books, journals, and newspapers across the country. He has recently co-authored a new introduction for the 50th anniversary edition of John Porter’s Canadian sociological classic, The Vertical Mosaic (University of Toronto Press).

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John Kincaid is the Robert B. and Helen S. Meyner Professor of Government and Public Service and director of the Meyner Center for the Study of State and Local Government at Lafayette College.

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