Carl J. Friedrich and Federalism as Process

Michael Burgess

in In Search of the Federal Spirit

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199606238
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191752476 | DOI:
Carl J. Friedrich and Federalism as Process

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The chapter provides a brief intellectual biography of Friedrich 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. Friedrich’s overall contribution to the study of federalism is characterised as wide-ranging, based upon an unusual combination of practical experience and scholarly endeavour. His intellectual feud with Riker is introduced, chronicled and appraised and his fidelity to the federal idea of Johannes Althusius as essentially about political community-building is sketched out to expose the most vivid attachment to the federal spirit among the five main theorists of federalism.

Keywords: constitutionalism; constitutional government; federalisation; federalizing; federalism as process; althusius; international federalism; european integration

Chapter.  22719 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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