Regional and Federal Studies Book Reviews

Regional and Federal Studies

If you are interested in writing a book review, please send your request to Book Review Editor Daniel Cetrà at

The reviews should be between 800 and 900 words and include a header with bibliographical information. They should consider the strengths and weaknesses of the book and its potential readership. 

The following books are up for review:

Anderson, Michael and Roughley, Corinne (2018) Scotland's Populations from the 1850s to Today, Oxford University Press.

Balcells, Laia (2017) Rivalry and Revenge: The Politics of Violence during Civil War, Cambridge University Press.

Banting, Keith and Kymlicka, Will (2018) The Strains of Commitment: The Political Sources of Solidarity in Diverse Societies, Oxford University Press.

Benz, Arthur (2016) Constitutional Policy in Multilevel Government: The Art of Keeping the Balance, Oxford University Press.

Campbell, John L. and Hall, John A. (2017) The Paradox of Vulnerability: States, Nationalism, and the Financial Crisis, Princeton University Press.

Choudhry, Sujit; Khosla, Madhav; and Bhanu Mehta, Pratap (2016) (eds.) Oxford Handbook of the Indian Constitution, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Eaton, Kent (2017) Territory and Ideology in Latin America: Policy Conflicts between National and Subnational Governments, Oxford University Press.

Garay, Candelaria (2016) Social Policy Expansion in Latin America, Cambridge University Press.

Grégoire, Jean-Francois and Jewkes, Michael (eds.) (2015) Recognition and Redistribution in Muultinational Federations, Leuven University Press.

Hilgers, Tina and Macdonald, Laura (eds.) (2017) Violence in Latin America and the Caribbean: Subnational Structures, Institutions, and Clientelistic Networks, Cambridge University Press.

Hopkins, David A. (2017) Red Fighting Blue: How Geography and Electoral Rules Polarize American Politics, Cambridge University Press.

Leslie Helleiner, Jane (2016) Borderline Canadianness: Border Crossing and Everyday Nationalism in Niagara, University of Toronto Press.

Keating, Michael (ed.) (2017) Debating Scotland: Issues of Independence and Union in the 2014 Referendum, Oxford University Press.

Keating, Michael and Laforest, Guy (eds.) (2017) Constitutional Politics and the Territorial Question in Canada and the United Kingdom: Federalism and Devolution Compared, Palgrave Macmillan.

Kenny, Michael and Pearce, Nick (2018) Shadows of Empire: The Anglosphere in British Politics, Polity Press.

Niedzwieki, Sara (2018) Uneven Social Policies: The Politics of Subnational Variation in Latin America, Cambridge University Press.

Palermo, Francesco and Kösser, Karl (2017) Comparative Federalism: Constitutional Arrangements and Case Law, Hart Publishing.

Peters, Yvette (2018) Political Participation, Diffused Governance, and the Transformation of Democracy: Patterns of Change, Routledge.

Roy, Himanshu; Singh, MP; and Chouhan, A.P.S (2017) (eds.) State Politics in India, New Delhi: Primus Books.

Sadananandan, Anoop (2017) Why Democracy Deepens: Political Information and Decentralisation in India, Cambridge University Press.

Schakel, Arjan et al (2017) Regional and National Elections in Eastern Europe: Territoriality of the Vote in Ten Countries, Palgrave Macmillan.

Sharma, Chanchal Kumar and Swenden, Wilfried (2018) Understanding Contemporary Indian Federalism: Competing Perspectives, New Challenges and Future Directions, Routledge.

Siekmeier, James F. (2017) Latin American Nationalism: Identity in a Globalizing World, Bloomsbury.

Soifer, Hillel (2016) State Building in Latin America, Cambridge University Press.

Sona N. Golder et al (2018) Multi-Level Electoral Politics: Beyond the Second-Order Election Model, Oxford University Press.

Stjepanovic, Dejan (2018) Multiethnic Regionalisms in Southeastern Europe: Statehood Alternatives, Palgrave Macmillan.

Tatham, Michael (2016) With, Without or Againt the State? How European Regions Play the Brussels Game, Oxford University Press.

Vampa, Davide (2016) The Regional Politics of Welfare in Italy, Spain and Great Britain, Palgrave Macmillan.

Wimmer, Andreas (2018) Nation Building: Why Some Countries Come Together While Others Fall Apart, Princeton University Press

Ziegfeld, Adam (2016) Why Regional Parties? Clientelism, Elites and the Indian Party System, Cambridge University Press.

Other Reviews

Publishers are welcome to send books for review to the below address:

Daniel Cetrà
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Centre on Constitutional Change, University of Edinburgh
Holyrood Road
Edinburgh EH8 8AQ

The journal is also open to commissioning relevant book reviews outside the list. Please contact Daniel Cetrà to discuss further.

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