Are Anti-Federalism and Republicanism the Way Forward for a United States of Europe? Lessons from American History

23 Pages Posted: 7 Jul 2023 Last revised: 11 Jul 2023

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Dandan Hong

Communication University of China

Lorenzo Pecchi

University of Rome Tor Vergata

Gustavo Piga

University of Rome

Date Written: July 7, 2023

Abstract

Today, the European Union (EU) and in particular its common currency area created in 1998, the Eurozone, is going through an economic crisis that, given its duration, can be defined as structural and enduring and is such as to put the common political project at risk. This article retraces the history of the United States of America with the purpose of studying what lessons and insights for European Union evolution can be learned from the original debate between Federalists and Anti-Federalists and from its repercussions on United States federal development to date. We also deal critically with some conflicting ideas about the organization and future of Europe and present some policy proposals to relaunch the European project based on some of the lessons learned from the history of the United States.

We argue that the intuitions of the Anti-Federalists and Republicans can guide us in defining a path for the future of Europe. Given the ultimately (partially) successful but gradual experience of the United States, we suggest that it is necessary to hand back to the EU member countries, after the repeated failures of the EU Stability and Growth Path and Fiscal Compact, full control of their fiscal policy to build a ‘light’ fiscal federalism.

Keywords: Anti-Federalism, Republicanism, Solidarity, Civil War, New Deal, Great Society, fiscal federalism, European Union

Suggested Citation

Hong, Dandan and Pecchi, Lorenzo and Piga, Gustavo, Are Anti-Federalism and Republicanism the Way Forward for a United States of Europe? Lessons from American History (July 7, 2023). CEIS Working Paper No. 561, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4503204 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4503204

Dandan Hong

Communication University of China

Lorenzo Pecchi

University of Rome Tor Vergata ( email )

Via di Tor Vergata
Rome, Lazio
Italy

Gustavo Piga (Contact Author)

University of Rome ( email )

Via di Tor Vergata
Rome, Lazio
Italy

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