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The Federal Vision: Legitimacy and Levels of Governance in the United States and the European Union

Kalypso Nicolaidis and Robert Howse


This book is about the complex and changing relationship between levels of governance in the US and the European Union. On the basis of a transatlantic dialogue between scholars concerned about modes of governance on both sides, it is a collective attempt at analysing the ramifications of the legitimacy crisis in these multi‐layered democracies, and possible remedies to this. Starting from a focus on the current policy debates over ‘devolution’ and ‘subsidiarity’, the book engages the reader into the broader tension of comparative federalism. Its authors believe that in spite of the fundamenta ... More

Keywords: allocation of competence, citizenship, devolution, European integration, European Union, federal governance, federal systems, federalism, governance, history, identity, institutionalist analysis, legal instruments, legitimacy, multi‐layered democracies, network analysis, principal‐agent models, regulatory federalism, regulatory instruments, subsidiarity, USA

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780199245000
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199245002.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kalypso Nicolaidis, editor
University Lecturer, University of Oxford and a Fellow at St Antony's College

Robert Howse, editor
Professor of Law, University of Michigan
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Robert Howse and Kalypso Nicolaidis

I Articulating the Federal Vision

II Levels of Governance in the United States and the European Union: Facts and Diagnosis

III Legal and Regulatory Instruments of Federal Governance

IV Federalism, Legitimacy, and Governance: Models for Understanding

V Federalism, Legitimacy, and Identity