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Federalism

A Political Theory for Our Time

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Edited By Lucio Levi, Giampiero Bordino and Antonio Mosconi

This volume is a collection of essays published between 1999 and 2015 in the review The Federalist Debate. The book highlights the issue of federalism intended as a theoretical paradigm to interpret the major problems of our age, and in particular the issues of peace and war in a world characterized by an uncontrolled globalization.

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Democratic Decisions vs. Diplomatic Decisions

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Ludo DIERICKX

The chasm dividing the citizen from the political world is today denounced as a major problem. Because of its increasing complexity and its more and more international and supranational peculiarity, politics is moving away from the citizen, who is, among laws and decrees, subject to European rules: treaties, directives, regulations, which have the fundamental and constitutional force of law as well.

The reason of the deepening of this chasm must be found in the citizen’s loss of influence towards the legislator; he cannot either stimulate or sanction him. He is the victim of this increasing democratic deficit. This happens both at a European level and at the level of the Belgian federal state.

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