Federalism: The Latin American Experience

Authored by: Julián Durazo Hermann

The Ashgate Research Companion to Federalism

Print publication date:  August  2009
Online publication date:  April  2016

Print ISBN: 9780754671312
eBook ISBN: 9781315612966
Adobe ISBN: 9781317043454

10.4324/9781315612966.ch29

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Abstract

In spite of strong political controversies and sometimes contradictory practice, Latin America has the longest historical experience with federalism after the United States. In 1811 Venezuela became the second modern country to adopt federalism. Mexico followed (albeit hesitantly) in 1824, Argentina in 1853 and Brazil in 1890. Despite other profound changes in their political systems, these four countries have formally and continuously been federations since the late nineteenth century (Griffiths and Nerenberg 2002).

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