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Does Federalism Lead To A Bigger Government?

The Articles of Confederation, ratified in 1781. This was the format for the United States government until the Constitution. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Some anti federalist forces are arguing that Nepal is too poor a country to be able to afford federalism. To the current government expenditures in Kathmandu they add the expenditures of all future state governments and they throw their hands into the air.

That is not how federalism works. Federalism is a more efficient form of government. Which means government expenses will actually go down. How so? Many of the functions of the unitary government in Kathmandu will be handed over to the states. That will lead to the elimination of some ministries and the downsizing of others.

Federalism done right is supposed to lead to an overall smaller bureaucracy.
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Attacks On Federalism Mounting

English: PM Bhattarai during a live talk show. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) An all party government would be better suited than the current government to hold elections to the constituent assembly, but that all party government has to be a political decision by the parties. That can not be an initiative by the president. 
It would make sense for that all party government to be led by the party that was the largest in the last parliament. As in, it would make great sense for Baburam Bhattarai to continue being Prime Minister. So the effort towards an all party government is merely an exercise in adding a few members of the NC and the UML to the current cabinet. I don't think the Bhattarai government is opposed to that. 
The NC and the UML misunderstand the concept of consensus. If due process had been allowed, the country today would already have had a constitution. More than two thirds of the last constituent assembly had lined up to give the country meaningful federalism. But the Ba…

Political Polarizations

List of Prime Ministers of Nepal (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The Maoists Have Split, The NC, UML Will Split

The leadership of the two status quo parties - the NC, and the UML - are the reason the country today has neither the new constitution nor a constituent assembly. They got in the way of due process and cost the country billions. That is a political crime and has to be punished. The appropriate punishment is for the Janajati and Madhesi leaders inside those two parties to walk away and form a new party or two. The best outcome of the premature dissolution of the constituent assembly will be the birth of the country's first Janajati party. I look forward to that happening.

The Maoist Split

The Baidya faction is going to be like the Bamdev faction of the UML when they split. The Baidya faction will weaken the mother party some, sure, but it might not win more than a handful of seats should it contest elections on its own. And by his own admission Baidya does not want to launch a …