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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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European Unification: an Unaccomplished Project

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Giampiero BORDINO

Europe’s unification process is experiencing in recent years a period of great difficulties. The global economic and financial crisis, started in 2007-2008 and still not overcome, at least in Europe, and the worsening of civil and inter-state conflicts in the Caucasus area and most of all in the broader Mediterranean area, from the Near and Middle East to the Horn of Africa and to the Sub-Saharan area, have dramatically highlighted the limits and contradictions of an unaccomplished political-unification process. The Europe of national States and of an ever more inter-governmental European Union (practically paralyzed by national vetoes and lacking popular legitimation) is today, as testified by facts much more than mere opinions, absolutely impotent in the face of global and trans-national challenges, like, lately, the massive flows of migrants and refugees from the Mediterranean area that have been sweeping it.

If this is the situation we are in, it seems to be particularly useful and appropriate to re-consider the interpretative keys through which The Federalist Debate, in the years from 1999 to the present, has tried to explain, in the frame of the ongoing globalization process, the events and the various phases of the continent’s integration process that led to the current outcome: from the failure of the constitutional project to the prevailing of the inter-governmental method, dominated by the relations of force between national States and by their mutual vetoes in the years following the Treaty of Lisbon and particularly in...

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