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The Federal Vision

Edited by: Kalypso Nicolaidis, Robert Howse

ISBN13: 9780199245000
ISBN: 0199245002
Published: August 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £59.00



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The Federal Vision is about the complex and changing relationship between levels of governance within the United States and the European Union. Based on a transatlantic dialogue between scholars concerned about modes of governance on both sides, it is a collective attempt at analysing the ramifications of the legitimacy crisis in our multi-layered democracies, and possible remedies. Starting from a focus on the current policy debatea over devolution and subsidiarity, the book;engages the reader in to the broader tension of comparartive federalism. Its authors believe that in spite of the fundamental differences between them, both the EU and the US are in the process of re-defining a federal vision for the 21st century. This book represents an important new contribution to the;study of Federalism and European integration, which seeks to bridge the divide between the two. It also bridges the traditional divide between technical, legal or regulatory discussions of federal governance and philosophical debates over questions of belonging and multiple identities. It is a multi-disciplinary project, bringing together historians, political scientists and theorists, legal scholars, sociologists and political economists. It includes both innovative analysis and prescriptions;on how to reshape the federal contract in the US and the EU. It includes introductions to the history of federalism in the US and the EU, the current debates over devolution and subsidarity, the legal framework of federalism and theories of regulatory federalism, as well as innovative approaches to;the application of network analysis, principal-agent models, institutionalist analysis, and political theories of citizenship to the federal context. The introduction and conclusion by the editors draws out cross-cutting themes and lessons from the thinking together of the EU and US experiences, and suggest how a federal vision could be freed from the hierarchical paradigm of the federal state and articulated around concepts of mutal tolerence and empowerment.

Contents:
Preface
Introduction: The Federal Vision, Levels of Governance, and Legitimacy
PART I: ARTICULATING THE FEDERAL VISION
The United States and the European Union: Models for Their Epochs
Federalism without Constitutionalism: Europe's Sonderweg
PART II: LEVELS OF GOVERNANCE IN THE UNITED STATES AND THE EUROPEAN UNION: FACTS AND DIAGNOSIS
Centralization and Its Discontents: The Rhythms of Federalism in the United States and the European Union
Blueprints for Change: Devolution and Subsidiarity in the United States and the European Union
Devolution in the United States: Rhetoric and Reality
Federalism in the European Union: Rhetoric and Reality
PART III. LEGAL AND REGULATORY INSTRUMENTS OF FEDERAL GOVERNANCE
The Role of Law in the Functioning of Federal Systems
Comparative Federalism and the Issue of Commandeering
Regulatory Legitimacy in the United States and the European Union
PART IV. FEDERALISM, LEGITIMACY, AND GOVERNANCE: MODELS FOR UNDERSTANDING
Securing Subsidiarity: The Institutional Design of Federalism in the United States and Europe
Federal Governance in the United States and the European Union: A Policy Network Perspective
Federalism and State Governance in the European Union and the United States: An Institutional Perspective
Democratic Legitimacy under Conditions of Regulatory Competition: Why Europe differs from the United States
PART V. FEDERALISM, LEGITIMACY, AND IDENTITY
Citizenship and Federations: Some Preliminary Reflections
The Constitutions of Institutions
Beyond Devolution: From Subsidiarily to Mutality
European Citizenship: The Relevance of the American Model
CONCLUSION: THE FEDERAL VISION BEYOND THE FEDERAL STATE
APPENDIX: BASIC PRINCIPLES FOR THE ALLOCATION OF COMPETENCE IN THE UNITED STATES AND THE EUROPEAN UNION
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS
INDEX