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In Search of the Federal Spirit

Michael Burgess

in In Search of the Federal Spirit

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199606238
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191752476 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199606238.003.0002
In Search of the Federal Spirit

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The chapter explores the nature and meaning of the phrase ‘federal spirit’ and briefly examines its conceptual expressions in the work of five major contributors to the mainstream literature on federalism. These contributors are Kenneth Wheare, William Livingston, William Riker, Carl Friedrich and Daniel Elazar. This short survey provides the intellectual context for an in-depth examination the phrase which identifies a distinct set of political values and principles that inhere in federalism. These values and principles lie at the core of the federal spirit and enable us to use it as a conceptual lens through which to explore the new federal models.

Keywords: federal spirit; federalism; federal idea; federal values; federal principles; confederation

Chapter.  11273 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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