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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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The Contradictions of Globalization without Government



States and intergovernmental bodies are unable to tackle the global problems, since an adequate government level to do that is still missing. The control of the globalized economy is entrusted to the “invisible hand” of a small elite out of control, and not, as could be expected, to a world government operating through an international democratic process. This issue has been The Federal Debate’s leading thread in the years characterized by the expansion of the global financial capitalism and by the explosion of its contradictions. The newly-adopted free-market approach to economic globalization led to the financial catastrophe of 2008, then to the economic and occupational crisis still underway, but only a few admitted the responsibility of that mainstream economic theory. Among them Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa. At the root of the crisis there is the market fundamentalism started with Pinochet (and his court of Chicago boys), Thatcher and Reagan. Their deregulation is a failure of politics, that devolved the destiny of the world to the market alone; therefore, handling the crisis that it caused and preventing it from repeating itself cannot happen spontaneously, à la Hayek but require a political intervention.

The review has tried to provide critical means for correcting an unruled globalization, in order not so much to block its progress, as to ask for a democratic control of the same through several government levels, up to the world one. It has dealt mainly with the global challenges that cannot find a solution...

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