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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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A Regional Criminal Court Against Transnational Organized Crime

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Fernando A. IGLESIAS

The processes of regional integration in Latin America are facing a stalemate, if not a step backwards. Big political problems have been added to the historical difficulties to foster free trade and custom union in the Mercosur, such as the reluctance of governments to respect the agreement, signed by them, to choose the Mercosur Parliament representatives by popular vote, the conflicts arising from Paraguay’s suspension as a member of the regional bloc, and at the same time Venezuela’s entry, clearly irregular. Moreover, the Latin American Community and its main institutional body, the Latin-American Parliament, continue their eternal impasse and gradually lose capacity and relevance; UNASUR is still reduced to mere occasional meetings of heads of national executive powers, while the newly created CELAC is not able to assert itself as a southern alternative to the OAS, being affected by public disagreements among the leaders of its major member countries. At the same time, the European economic crisis has demonstrated that the functionalist approach to regional integration, that produced such extraordinary outcomes for six decades, has reached its limits, and that the European Union faces a choice between a definitely federal and political deeper integration and the collapse of the eurozone, first, and of the union itself, later.

Together with the frail situation facing the regional integration processes in the world, Latin America suffers from stifling problems of violence, because it added to its sad record of the most socially unequal region...

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