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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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How Is the State Changing in the Globalization Process?

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Reflections and Discussion Points for a Federalist Culture in the 21st Century

Giampiero BORDINO

According to a widely-shared definition, the State, at least the modern State, consists of three basic elements: a territory, its people, and a sovereign power. If this is true, every analysis of the transformations affecting the State brought about by globalization cannot but take those three elements, which are all present and interact with each other, as subjects for reflection.

The “end of the territories” (according to Bertrand Badie’s definition), transnational mobility and hybridization of peoples and their identities, and the erosion of sovereignty are three phenomena we are immersed in, which affect us personally and continuously, and which, therefore, we have to be aware of and interpret. The federalist culture, that deals with the State and its features, and even proposes (being an ideology) both a model of political structure for the world, and a key for interpreting human history, shall not shun such a task. It must propose a theory and a project for the 21st century, globalized by the economy and completely transformed by scientific progress.

In concrete terms, to start with, what about territories, the spaces we live in and in relation to which we traditionally give a “definition” of ourselves? First of all, the territory is not a datum but a construction: historically, there is a political power, the State, that gives it boundaries, makes it become the specific area where...

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