Creation of Constituent Units in Federal Systems

By George Anderson

Federal and devolved systems of government are based on a territorial delimitation into political states, provinces or regions. “Creation of Constituent Units in Federal Systems” looks at the experiences of over 20 federal and quasi-federal countries in defining new territorial regions or “constituent units”. It examines both the issues around defining constituent units during a period of constitutional transition as well as the rules that have been developed for the incremental creation of new constituent units once a federal constitution has been adopted.