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EU: Can federalism become the chief integration theory?

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  • Ivana Šimíková

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Federation is one type of state characterised by a contractual and constitutional structure, multilevel power redistribution, a written constitution, and duality of power. Federalism is a philosophy and a political instrument enabling a federation to function. The principle of federalism is an aggregation of cultural, social, economic, linguistic, and intellectual disparities within a federation. Federalism can become a mainstream integration theory: the present MLG can be defined as an umbrella theory based on the federalist principles. The EU can be defined as a specific type of evolving, decentralised federation. Finally, fiscal federalism can provide EU policy with a significant instrument.

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  • Ivana Šimíková, 2009. "EU: Can federalism become the chief integration theory?," Acta Oeconomica Pragensia, University of Economics, Prague, vol. 2009(1), pages 27-44.
  • Handle: RePEc:prg:jnlaop:v:2009:y:2009:i:1:id:2:p:27-44
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    Keywords

    federalism; fiscal federalism; European Union; integration;

    JEL classification:

    • H11 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government - - - Structure and Scope of Government
    • H69 - Public Economics - - National Budget, Deficit, and Debt - - - Other
    • H77 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - Intergovernmental Relations; Federalism

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