The emergence and the development of the federations: The Achaean federation, the United Provinces and the EU
AbstractIn the present essay we analyse for the first time as far as we know the development of democracy, which emerged in Greece during the classical period, into the proto-federations of the democratic city-states. We examine their political institutions and policies, like common defense and external policy, military organization, representative federal bodies like popular assemblies, parliament, generals as military and political commanders, federal finance ministers etc., as well as their economic institutions and policies: Common currency, federal budget and federal revenues. We address in more detail as a case study the Achaean Federation. Then, we compare this particular proto-federation with the United Provinces (UP, the Dutch Republic) and show structural and organizational similarities. Lastly, we compare the Achaean federation with today’s European Union (EU) and conclude that in some respects the proto-federation was more advanced than the EU, and thus can serve as a benchmark in addressing current European issues.
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Institutions; economic organization; Achaean federation; United Provinces; EU;
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- NEP-HIS-2013-06-09 (Business, Economic & Financial History)
- NEP-POL-2013-06-09 (Positive Political Economics)
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