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Federalism

A Political Theory for Our Time

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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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The Integration Processes at the Regional Level

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Giampiero BORDINO

One of the recurring, important themes which The Federalist Debate has been focusing its attention on in the course of the years is that of the regional integration processes taking place in the world, from Europe (the most advanced institutional process) to Asia, Africa and the Americas. In the context of globalization, the effects of which have spread all over the planet and are interconnecting its various parts, regional integration processes have been started in different forms and times, and had different outcomes; they have often taken as a model, at least in their intentions, the European experience developed after the end of the Second World War. With regard to the global challenges that all the peoples and the States of the world have to cope with, the integration processes of great regional areas of a continental dimension look particularly important. Globalization, which interconnects and makes all the societies and the territories of the world mutually dependent, is today without a government. It is to some extent controlled and regulated by inadequate and precarious forms of governance, providing only negotiation tables for public actors (states, international organizations, etc.) and also private actors (economic and financial bodies, trans-national organizations of various types, even illegal and criminal, etc.), which do not guarantee either peace and stability or development, or the social and environmental sustainability of that development. Hence, in such a context, the economic, institutional and cultural integration processes at the regional level, aiming at a...

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