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Hannah Arendt's Case for Federalism


  • Douglas Klusmeyer


Hannah Arendt developed an acute defense of Republican Federalism as an alternative to the prevailing model of state sovereignty. However, the literature on the history of federalist ideas has long neglected her contributions, despite her continuing reputation as one of post-World War II's premier political theorists. One reason for this neglect is that her contributions are scattered across a broad array of different works. This article seeks to encourage a redress of this neglect by providing a guide to her critique of sovereignty and her arguments for the federal principle. Arendt's approach poses a fundamental challenge to the realist dismissal of world federalism as an exemplar of the naive utopianism they attributed to their idealist opponents. Copyright 2010, Oxford University Press.

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  • Douglas Klusmeyer, 2010. "Hannah Arendt's Case for Federalism," Publius: The Journal of Federalism, Oxford University Press, vol. 40(1), pages 31-58, Winter.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:publus:v:40:y:2010:i:1:p:31-58

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