Theories of Federalism: A Reader

  • Dimitrios Karmis
  • Wayne Norman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Dimitrios Karmis, Wayne Norman
      Pages 3-21
  3. The Birth of Federal Theory: An Alternative Political Language in the Early Era of Centralized States

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Dimitrios Karmis, Wayne Norman
      Pages 25-26
    3. Johannes Althusius
      Pages 27-33
    4. Samuel Pufendorf
      Pages 35-50
  4. The Enlightenment Debate over the Normative Potential of International Federalism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-51
    2. Dimitrios Karmis, Wayne Norman
      Pages 53-54
    3. Immanuel Kant
      Pages 87-99
  5. The “American Invention” and Nineteenth-Century Debates Over Rival Types of Federalism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Dimitrios Karmis, Wayne Norman
      Pages 103-104
    3. Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, James Madison
      Pages 105-133
    4. Alexis de Tocqueville
      Pages 147-163
    5. John Stuart Mill
      Pages 165-172
    6. Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
      Pages 173-188
  6. The Mid-Twentieth-Century Debate: Federalism between Obsolescence and Panacea

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-189
    2. Dimitrios Karmis, Wayne Norman
      Pages 191-192
    3. Harold Laski
      Pages 193-198
    4. Altiero Spinelli, Ernesto Rossi
      Pages 199-202
    5. Franz L. Neumann
      Pages 207-220
    6. Pierre Elliott Trudeau
      Pages 221-225
  7. The Contemporary Debates: Federal Citizenship in Culturally Diverse Democracies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 227-227
    2. Dimitrios Karmis, Wayne Norman
      Pages 229-231
    3. Ronald L. Watts
      Pages 233-253
    4. Will Kymlicka
      Pages 269-292
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 321-331

About this book


This project pulls together classic and modern readings and essays that explore theories of federalism. Spanning the Seventeenth through Twenty-first-centuries of European, U.S. and Canadian thinkers, this attempts to be a comprehensive reader for students in political theory. The emphasis throughout is on the normative argument, the advantages or disadvantages of federal and confederal arrangements compared to unitary states, and on the relative merits of various proposals to improve particular federations or confederations. These also draw on the full range of political science subfields: from political sociology, political economy and constitutional studies to comparative politics and international relations. There are also readings, both contemporary and historical, that attempt to clarify conceptual issues.


constitution economy federalism international relations political science political theory politics

Editors and affiliations

  • Dimitrios Karmis
    • 1
  • Wayne Norman
    • 2
  1. 1.University of OttawaCanada
  2. 2.Université de MontréalCanada

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