'A People for Certain Purposes': On the History and Philosophy of Federalism(s) in the United States and Europe

32 Pages Posted: 31 Aug 2018

Date Written: August 30, 2018

Abstract

This brief guide to the philosophy of federalism provides an original analysis distinguishing the flurry of competing conceptual accounts of federalism in the United States and Europe. It draws out and critically examines the theories of sovereignty and federalism of James Madison, James Wilson, John C. Calhoun, Hans Kelsen, and Carl Schmitt, all with a view to understanding the kind of federation we have in the European Union today.

Keywords: European Union, Federalism, United States, Madison, Kelsen, Calhoun, Schmitt, Constitutional Law

JEL Classification: K1, K4

Suggested Citation

Halberstam, Daniel, 'A People for Certain Purposes': On the History and Philosophy of Federalism(s) in the United States and Europe (August 30, 2018). U of Michigan Public Law Research Paper No. 619. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3241597 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3241597

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