A Political Theory for Our Time
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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- Bruxelles, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2016. 466 pp.
- About the author
- About the book
- This eBook can be cited
- Part One
- Old and New Shapes of Federalism
- The Birth of Federal Union
- A Complete and Indissoluble Union
- The Birth of the UEF
- Albert Einstein, Pacifist
- Spinelli and the Ventotene Manifesto
- Churchill and Hertenstein
- The Relation between Politics and Culture in the Experience of the European Federalist Movement in Italy
- The True Illusions
- Ex Uno Plures: the European Road to a Cooperative Federalism
- Spinelli’s Commitment for the European Constitution
- In What Respects Will European Federalism Be Different?
- Steps towards European and World Federalism
- Multi-level Governance and Federalism
- Democratic Decisions vs. Diplomatic Decisions
- States Vote, People Do Not
- Proposals for Europe: a Political and Moral Essay
- Towards a Federal United Kingdom
- Meade’s Social Dividend
- Re-inventing the Welfare State
- What Future for Federalism?
- Part Two
- European Unification: an Unaccomplished Project
- Back to the Dream
- From War to Peace
- European Democracy is Valuable Too, not Just the Monetary Union
- Europe Needs a Government
- A Democratic Constitution for the European Union
- Europe Needs to Renew its Vows for Federal Union
- The Unaccomplished Way Toward the European Unity
- A European Government to Get out of the Crisis
- The Crisis and the Weakness of the European Demos
- Europe and the World
- The Union of the Peoples of Europe and the Example of Mandela
- Europe’s Place in the World in the 21st Century
- The Search for a European Identity: Who Are We?
- Where Do the Boundaries of European Integration Lie?
- The Eurozone, the Dynamic Core of a European Federation
- The Eurozone in the IMF
- A Federal Europe for Promoting a New Model of Growth
- Europe by the People
- European Citizenship to Residents
- Strong European Political Parties for a Democratic EU
- The European Citizens’ Initiative
- Part Three
- The Integration Processes at the Regional Level
- Rethinking the “European Common Home”
- New Myths about Russia and NATO
- For a Euro-Mediterranean Community
- The Arab Spring, Federalism and Euro-Arab Relations
- Federal/Confederal Solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian-Jordanian Conflict
- What Is Israel’s End-Game?
- Reflections on Middle Eastern Regional Integration
- Reconciling the Irreconcilable
- Recent Developments of Regionalism in East Asia and Their Implications for Europe
- The Regional Unification Processes in Asia
- The Regional Integration Process of Central America
- A Regional Criminal Court Against Transnational Organized Crime
- Federalism and Decolonization in Black Africa
- Part Four
- The Contradictions of Globalization without Government
- Who is Controlling Globalisation?
- September 12: The World is not at Zero-Point
- How Is the State Changing in the Globalization Process?
- For a UN Emergency Force
- Terrorism and World Government
- World Security through World Law
- The Global Promise of the Responsibility to Protect in Libya
- From Hiroshima to Fukushima
- A Global Climate Community
- From a League of Failing Nations to a Global Community for the Environment
- Global Warming: with a View to the 2015 UN World Conference in Paris
- The Foundation of a Cooperative Global Financial System
- The World Supremacy of the Dollar at the Rendering (1917-2008)
- Adding the RMB into the SDR Basket: an Evaluation
- A Constitution for the Internet
- A People’s Assembly for the UN
- Problems of Democratization
- Opinion on World Government in the USA
- The Security Council Reform
- The ICC is a Reality International Law Applied over Individuals
- Reforming the United Nations by the Convention Method
- Editors Authors
- Series Index
Strong European Political Parties for a Democratic EU
On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Rome-Treaty, the process of European Integration is in danger to come to a halt. Citizens, media, academics and politicians alike, criticize the democratic deficit. However, the ratification of the European Constitution, which would have lessened this deficit, is blocked. The referenda in France and the Netherlands as well as the missing public debate on the Future of Europe have shown that the EU is still lacking the democratic infrastructure to conduct a truly pan-European debate. A key role in providing this infrastructure is to be played by European political parties.
One of the main reasons for the EU’s democratic deficit is the missing link between the European institutions and the citizens. On the national level the link between citizens and decision makers as well as the link between political debate and political decisions is provided by political parties. European political parties as a tie between the Union’s citizens and EU policies are hardly developed. Only recently, European political parties have emerged and begun to improve the debate about the challenges for Europe.
European democracy needs strong European political parties
The political system of the Union does not yet stimulate sufficiently pan-European debates. Although the European Parliament, the Commission and some NGO-umbrellas can be seen as supranational actors, the view of citizens on European issues still follows merely the positions of national politicians. National governments use “Brussels” as a scapegoat...
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