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In Search of the Federal SpiritNew Comparative Empirical and Theoretical Perspectives$
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Michael Burgess

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199606238

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199606238.001.0001

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Kenneth C. Wheare and the Federal Principle

Kenneth C. Wheare and the Federal Principle

(p.32) 2 Kenneth C. Wheare and the Federal Principle
In Search of the Federal Spirit

Michael Burgess

Oxford University Press

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

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