Post-Conflict Constitution Making: How to Devolve Power from Central to Local Government

March 05, 2010 - 12:00am
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This Consolidated Response explores how constitutions can articulate the process of devolving power from the central government to lower orders of government in a federal system. It was developed after receiving a query from INPROL member Larry Taman, working for the UNDP on Support to Participatory Constitution Building in Nepal.

Part I provides an introduction to federalism. Part II discusses general considerations of devolution. Part III discusses constitutional treatment of devolution as a right. Part IV discusses devolution as a negotiated process. Finally, Part V briefly touches upon the role of secondary legislation in devolution.