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A significant part of the world's population lives under some sort of federal arrangement. And yet, the concepts of federalism and federation remain under-theorised. Federalist theorists have, for the most part, defined their object by opposition to the unitary state. As a result, they have not developed public law theories that capture the specificity of this type of polity.

Bringing together contributions from leading public law theorists and intellectual historians, this volume explores the foundations of federalism. It develops novel perspectives on the core problems of traditional federalist theory and charts new departures in federalist theory and federal power-sharing. At a time when we look for more inclusive ways of ordering public life, the volume fills an urgent theoretical and political need.

Author: Lev Amnon
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9781509907113
Cover: Hardback
Edition Number: 1
Release Year: 2017

Introduction: Federalism and Public Law Theory

Amnon Lev
I. Making Public Law Work as Theory
II. Modes of Federalism
III. Aspects of the Federal Idea: An Overview of the Volume

Part I: Theorising Federalism
1. The Federal Condition
Nicholas Aroney
I. The Liberal Condition
II. The Federal Condition
2. Federation and Empire: About a Conceptual Distinction of Political Forms
Olivier Beaud
I. The Federation as a Political Form and its Relation to Empire
II. The Ideal Typical Opposition between Federation and Empire
III. An Illustration in Law: Federative Compact and Federal Treaty
IV. Some Remarks on Unity and Diversity
3. Towards a Deontic-Axiomatic Theory of Federal Adjudication
Jean-François Gaudreault-DesBiens
I. Preliminary Remarks
II. Ambitions and Limits of a Normative, Deontic-Axiomatic Theory of Federalism
III. Conclusion

Part II: Governing the Federation
4. Federalism and the Separation of Powers
Jessica Bulman-Pozen
I. Cooperative and Uncooperative Federalism
II. Checking the Federal Executive on Behalf of Congress
III. Fractal Separation of Powers
IV. Conclusion
5. Federalism as a Mode of Governance: Autonomy, Identity, Power, and Rights
Edward L Rubin
I. The Essence of Federalism: Partial Political Autonomy
II. The Motivation for Federalism: Divergent Political Identity
III. The Features of Federalism as a Modality of Government
IV. The Normative Basis for Federalism
V. Conclusion
6. Executive Power in Federations
Cheryl Saunders
I. Federal Design
II. Separation of Powers
III. Australia
IV. Conclusions

Part III: Federal Trajectories
7. Woodrow Wilson and the Challenge of Federalism in World War One
Duncan Kelly
I. Woodrow Wilson on Democracy and Federalism
II. Pan-Nationalism
III. Federation and Federalism
8. Federalism and the Ends of Europe
Amnon Lev
I. Federalism in the European State System
II. Theorising the Federation
III. Crisis and Post-Humanism: Federalising Europe
9. Federalism and Democracy: The Far-Reaching Dynamism of Democratic Federations
Dwight Newman
I. Federalism and Democracy in the Secession Reference
II. Federalism as a Response to Divided Demoi
III. Federalism and the Construction of Divided Demos-Identities
IV. Federalism, Democracy, and Dynamism
10. Federalism and the Plurinational Challenge
Stephen Tierney
I. Federalism: Why Does it Matter, What is it?
II. Inherent Tensions in the Federal Idea
III. The Plurinational State and Federalism
IV. Why Does this Matter?
V. Plurinational Scholarship and the Liberal Theory of the State
VI. Implications for Federal Theory and Practice
VII. E Pluribus Unum: The Plurinational Challenge
VIII. Plurinational Federation and Sovereignty

IX. Conclusion

Amnon Lev is Associate Professor of Law and Philosophy at the University of Copenhagen.

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