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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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The Regional Unification Processes in Asia

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James W. ARPUTHARAJ*

Introduction

The European Union is indeed a good model which many of us would like to replicate in other regions of the world. We do not need to reinvent the wheel but rather to learn from the success or failures of the EU. However, the contexts of various regional unification processes are quite different. While history motivated and built the European Union after World War II, motivation for forming other regional unification processes like ASEAN and SAARC are quite different. Further, the relatively homogenous nature of the membership of the EU is an added advantage. The countries in Europe have a long and similar history of democracy. They are equal in size, and the citizens already enjoy a high level of education and humanitarian standards.

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