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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- Bruxelles, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2016. 466 pp.
- About the author
- About the book
- This eBook can be cited
- Part One
- Old and New Shapes of Federalism
- The Birth of Federal Union
- A Complete and Indissoluble Union
- The Birth of the UEF
- Albert Einstein, Pacifist
- Spinelli and the Ventotene Manifesto
- Churchill and Hertenstein
- The Relation between Politics and Culture in the Experience of the European Federalist Movement in Italy
- The True Illusions
- Ex Uno Plures: the European Road to a Cooperative Federalism
- Spinelli’s Commitment for the European Constitution
- In What Respects Will European Federalism Be Different?
- Steps towards European and World Federalism
- Multi-level Governance and Federalism
- Democratic Decisions vs. Diplomatic Decisions
- States Vote, People Do Not
- Proposals for Europe: a Political and Moral Essay
- Towards a Federal United Kingdom
- Meade’s Social Dividend
- Re-inventing the Welfare State
- What Future for Federalism?
- Part Two
- European Unification: an Unaccomplished Project
- Back to the Dream
- From War to Peace
- European Democracy is Valuable Too, not Just the Monetary Union
- Europe Needs a Government
- A Democratic Constitution for the European Union
- Europe Needs to Renew its Vows for Federal Union
- The Unaccomplished Way Toward the European Unity
- A European Government to Get out of the Crisis
- The Crisis and the Weakness of the European Demos
- Europe and the World
- The Union of the Peoples of Europe and the Example of Mandela
- Europe’s Place in the World in the 21st Century
- The Search for a European Identity: Who Are We?
- Where Do the Boundaries of European Integration Lie?
- The Eurozone, the Dynamic Core of a European Federation
- The Eurozone in the IMF
- A Federal Europe for Promoting a New Model of Growth
- Europe by the People
- European Citizenship to Residents
- Strong European Political Parties for a Democratic EU
- The European Citizens’ Initiative
- Part Three
- The Integration Processes at the Regional Level
- Rethinking the “European Common Home”
- New Myths about Russia and NATO
- For a Euro-Mediterranean Community
- The Arab Spring, Federalism and Euro-Arab Relations
- Federal/Confederal Solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian-Jordanian Conflict
- What Is Israel’s End-Game?
- Reflections on Middle Eastern Regional Integration
- Reconciling the Irreconcilable
- Recent Developments of Regionalism in East Asia and Their Implications for Europe
- The Regional Unification Processes in Asia
- The Regional Integration Process of Central America
- A Regional Criminal Court Against Transnational Organized Crime
- Federalism and Decolonization in Black Africa
- Part Four
- The Contradictions of Globalization without Government
- Who is Controlling Globalisation?
- September 12: The World is not at Zero-Point
- How Is the State Changing in the Globalization Process?
- For a UN Emergency Force
- Terrorism and World Government
- World Security through World Law
- The Global Promise of the Responsibility to Protect in Libya
- From Hiroshima to Fukushima
- A Global Climate Community
- From a League of Failing Nations to a Global Community for the Environment
- Global Warming: with a View to the 2015 UN World Conference in Paris
- The Foundation of a Cooperative Global Financial System
- The World Supremacy of the Dollar at the Rendering (1917-2008)
- Adding the RMB into the SDR Basket: an Evaluation
- A Constitution for the Internet
- A People’s Assembly for the UN
- Problems of Democratization
- Opinion on World Government in the USA
- The Security Council Reform
- The ICC is a Reality International Law Applied over Individuals
- Reforming the United Nations by the Convention Method
- Editors Authors
- Series Index
How Is the State Changing in the Globalization Process?
Reflections and Discussion Points for a Federalist Culture in the 21st Century
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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