The Federal Vision: Legitimacy and Levels of Governance in the United States and the European Union

Paperback | October 10, 2001

EditorKalypso Nicolaidis, Robert Howse

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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 theramifications 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 ofthe 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 alsobridges 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 legalframework 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 editorsdraws 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.

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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 theramifications of the legitimacy crisis in our mu...

Kalypso Nicolaidis is at University Lecturer, University of Oxford and a Fellow at St Antony's College. Robert Howse is at Professor of Law, University of Michigan.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:556 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.14 inPublished:October 10, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Jacques Delors and Joseph Nye: PrefaceRobert Howse and Kalypso Nicolaidis: Introduction: The Federal Vision, Levels of Governance, and LegitimacyPart I: Articulating the Federal VisionDaniel J. Elazar: The United States and the European Union: Models for Their EpochsJ. H. H. Weiler: Federalism without Constitutionalism: Europe's SonderwegPart II: Levels of Governance in the United States and the European Union: Facts and DiagnosisJohn D. Donahue and Mark A. Pollack: Centralization and Its Discontents: The Rhythms of Federalism in the United States and the European UnionDavid Lazer and Viktor Mayer-Schoenberger: Blueprints for Change: Devolution and Subsidiarity in the United States and the European UnionJohn Kincaid: Devolution in the United States: Rhetoric and RealityAndrew Moravcsik: Federalism in the European Union: Rhetoric and RealityPart III. Legal and Regulatory Instruments of Federal GovernanceGeorge A. Bermann: The Role of Law in the Functioning of Federal SystemsDaniel Halberstam: Comparative Federalism and the Issue of CommandeeringGiandomenico Majone: Regulatory Legitimacy in the United States and the European UnionPart IV. Federalism, Legitimacy, and Governance: Models for UnderstandingCary Coglianese and Kalypso Nicolaidis: Securing Subsidiarity: The Institutional Design of Federalism in the United States and EuropeJohn Peterson and Laurence J. O'Toole, Jr: Federal Governance in the United States and the European Union: A Policy Network PerspectiveVivien Schmidt: Federalism and State Governance in the European Union and the United States: An Institutional PerspectiveFritz W. Scharpf: Democratic Legitimacy under Conditions of Regulatory Competition: Why Europe differs from the United StatesPart V. Federalism, Legitimacy, and IdentitySujit Choudhry: Citizenship and Federations: Some Preliminary ReflectionsElizabeth Meehan: The Constitutions of InstitutionsMarc Landy and Steven M. Teles: Beyond Devolution: From Subsidiarily to MutalityDenis Lacorne: European Citizenship: The Relevance of the American ModelConclusion: The Federal Vision Beyond the Federal StateKalypso Nicolaidis: Appendix: Basic Principles for the Allocation of Competence in the United States and the European UnionGeorge A. Bermann and Kalypso Nicolaidis: About the ContributorsIndex

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With more than twenty authors, and clarifying contributions by the co-editors, this volume is an indespensible element in the current great European debate about the European Union's institutional future. It offers different conceptions, both of the present system of European governance, andof what Federalism entails. Thus, it is both theoretical and empirical. The co-editors emphasis on process and legitimacy and the comparisons with American federalism particularly illuminating. Stanley Hoffmann, Paul and Catherine Buttenwiser University Professor, Harvard University.