William S. Livingston and Federal Society

Michael Burgess

in In Search of the Federal Spirit

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199606238
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191752476 | DOI:
William S. Livingston and Federal Society

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The chapter provides a brief intellectual biography of Livingston 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. This shows his work to have developed in an unexpected way which follows Wheare’s thinking more than it does the idea of federal society. But Livingston’s overall contribution, if disappointing in the gap between his claims and his conclusions, is much more explicit about the federal spirit than Wheare in the clarity with which he underlines its meaning and value.

Keywords: federal society; federalism; federal government; federal constitution; constitutional amendment; instrumentalities; sociology of federalism

Chapter.  14182 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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