Kenneth C. Wheare and the Federal Principle

Michael Burgess

in In Search of the Federal Spirit

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199606238
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191752476 | DOI:
Kenneth C. Wheare and the Federal Principle

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The chapter provides a brief intellectual biography of Wheare and examines in detail his major contribution to the study of federalism. His distinctive approach to and understanding of federalism is revealed and a textual exegesis of his major works on federalism is conducted that furnishes the basis for identifying the normative federal values and principles generally implicit in his work on the federal principle. This investigative approach clears the way for the federal spirit to be located at the core of his understanding of federalism.

Keywords: federal principle; federal government; pre-requisites of federalism; federal constitution; liberal democracy; british commonwealth; liberal constitutionalism

Chapter.  12937 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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