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Federalism and Constitutional Pluralism as Self-Determination Options for Plural-ethnic States. The Different Faces of Federalism in Comparative Constitutional Law

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The favoured federal paradigms from comparative constitutional law, in the period after World War II, when newly decolonised, independent states emerging in the withdrawal or collapse of the European empires overseas were starting off with new constitutional systems, and also when defeated or otherwise war-devastated countries were trying to start afresh, were derived from the so-called Anglo- Saxon systems. Imperial Britain in the late 19th century and thereafter in successive, step-by-step concessions had devolved, somewhat tardily, Constitutional self-government to Canada as a political and legal unit within the British Colonial Empire overseas. The particular form of Constitutional devolution, chosen and expressed in the original Canadian Constitution of 1867, was federalism.

Keywords: constitutional law; federalism; Self-government



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