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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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Who is Controlling Globalisation?

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Peter USTINOV

The theme of this conference is a vital and difficult one. The question is not merely whether or not there will be a process of globalization. Globalization is happening: in commerce, finance, communications, culture, politics, security, human rights, and almost every other aspect of human life. Globalization is ongoing and unstoppable. The central question is who is guiding and controlling this globalization? Is it a small set of political and corporate elites far from public scrutiny and accountability? Or it is a diverse set of actors involved in a democratic process of decision making?

At WFM we are striving toward a more democratic and governed system of international decision making. We have been working in strategic partnerships with other NGOs around the world to bring us closer to this goal, through our work supporting the creation of the International Criminal Court, enhancing the role of non-governmental organizations at the United Nations, strengthening the capacity of the United Nations to deal with civil and inter-state conflicts, advocating a parliamentary assembly at the UN and a reformed Security Council, and promoting regional federations such as the process occurring now in Europe. I am particularly seized of the matter of the globalization of commerce and trade. As I remarked for WFM’s 50th anniversary in 1997 in Montreux, Switzerland.

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