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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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Recent Developments of Regionalism in East Asia and Their Implications for Europe

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Ken ENDO

Regionalism in East Asia is in fact a vast subject on a vast area1. In dealing with this topic, some would start from the ASEAN and the so-called ASEAN+3 (Japan, China, South Korea) around which, traditionally, the regional organisations in East Asia have been structured2. Yet, the ASEAN is, if you will, like the Benelux. One would need bigger powers in constructing a region. In this light, instead of describing the general stuff on those traditional organisations, we may rather be allowed to start from a specific diplomatic initiative by Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama in recent months for the East Asian Community (EAC).

As is well known, Japanese politics has – finally – renovated itself with the change of government after the last August general elections. The new premier Hatoyama can be seen as a peculiar person, and barring a financial misconduct he is likely to be in power for some time to come, and may deserve some attention.

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