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Functionality of federalism in the contemporary world (Middle East)

Author: Sulaiman Rafik
Degree:doctor of political Sciences
Speciality: 23.00.01 - Theory, Methodology and History of Political Sciences; Political Institutions and Processes
Scientific adviser: Victor Moraru
doctor habilitat, professor, Moldova State University


The thesis was presented on the 8 February, 2019
Approved by NCAA on the 15 March, 2019


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CZU 321.011.3:321.6/.8 [(567)+(532)]

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155 pages


Federalism, Middle East, political systems, functionality, political reality, sovereignty, state power, federation, confederation, federal processes


Thesis structure. This PhD thesis contains annotation (in English, Romanian, Russian), summary, introduction, 3 chapters, general conclusions and recommendations, 131 pages of basic text, bibliography of 304 titles.

The field of the study. Political Sciences.

The purpose of the PhD thesisis to elucidate the conditions of functionality of contemporary federalism and to identify the opportunities and obstacles that play roles in determining the political present and future of the the examined countries The research objectives: to study the theoretical and methodological peculiarities of the scientific approach of the contemporary federalism phenomenon; the systemic approach of federal relations in contemporary states; to identify some issues of sovereignty and equality of rights of federal subjects; to determine the particularities of the federal integration processes of the Middle East states; to identify some directions for improving the organization of state power; the comparative analysis and the highlights of the principles of contemporary federalism; to study the problem of federalism related to the political realities of Middle East states.

Scientific novelty and originality of the obtained results. The thesis has an innovative character well argued by the research process of current problems, which have resulted from a series of changes in the political realities of various contemporary states. Here is presented a complex approach of federalism, based on systemic and comparative analysis of ongoing political processes. It is one of the few papers in Moldova in which the issue of federalism is examined taking into account the current political situation of the Middle East.

The important scientific problem solved in the thesis is the complex approach of contemporary federalism, which fact led to the systemic and contrastive analysis of political realities and which allowed the determination of its functional conditions, especially in Middle East states.

The theoretical importance of the thesis is marked by the achievement of some results regarding the methodological particularities of the approach to contemporary federalism, the identification of specific elements of the federal processes, the determination of the factors of the functionality of federalism.

The applicative value of the thesis consists in the possibility of using this theoretical material in the didactic process and for carrying out further research in the field.

The implementation of scientific results was achieved by examining and approving them at the Center of Political Research and International Relations and the Profile Seminar of the ICJPS, through reports and communications at International Scientific Conferences, publication of more than 20 scientific works, as well as within the didactic activity of the author as associate professor at Mardin Artuklu University in Turkey.