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Does More Federalism Mean More Democracy?

 
Federalism is a system of organising a countrys territory that defines the relations between the centre and the territories
Democracy is a system that defines relations between the individual and the state
More federalist elements in the constitutional structure do not automatically lead to democracy
Many unitary states have impeccable democratic credentials
Federalist institutions can be used to encourage local democracy
Federalist institutions can be manipulated to consolidate a conservative authoritarian state
 
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