DMPQ: What is cooperative federalism? What are the challenges to cooperative federalism?

Cooperative federalism, also known as marble-cake federalism, is a concept of federalism in which national, state, and local governments interact cooperatively and collectively to solve common problems. But having cooperative federalism is a difficulty in  India. There are various challenges to cooperative federalism:

  • Centralising provisions, which weigh heavily on spirit of cooperation. Eg art 3, 249, 352,356,312
  • Rising culture of multi party system and coalition politics
  • Increasing number of states and demands for more.
  • Majority government at the centre are not better disposed towards centre.
  • Increasing economic competition.
  • Addressing issues of NE and J&K
  • Inter state disputes on resources like water resources etc.
  • Reaching consensus and taking on board the state parties become difficult for foreign policy formulations.
  • Rapid growth in the revenues of centre as compared to states .

Above hurdles have to be overcame to achieve the features of cooperative federalism.

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