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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 research project Why Centralisation and Decentralisation in Federations? A Comparative Analysis.

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

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

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