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“We should also know over which matters several local tribunals are to have jurisdiction, and in which cases authority should be centralised.” Aristotle


The De/Centralisation Dataset (DcD) is a product of the three-year research project Why Centralisation and Decentralisation in Federations? A Comparative Analysis.

The project is principally funded by the Leverhulme Trust (IN-2013-044) and is also supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Forum of Federations.

The DcD measures dynamic centralisation and decentralisation across 22 policy areas and five fiscal categories in six major federations – Australia, Canada, Germany, India, Switzerland, and the United States – since their foundation.

Please see the Papers page for a description of the conceptualisation and methodology employed and the Data page to access the dataset.