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The Federal VisionLegitimacy and Levels of Governance in the United States and the European Union$
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Kalypso Nicolaidis and Robert Howse

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199245000

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199245002.001.0001

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Centralization and Its Discontents: The Rhythms of Federalism in the United States and the European Union

Centralization and Its Discontents: The Rhythms of Federalism in the United States and the European Union

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(p.73) 3 Centralization and Its Discontents: The Rhythms of Federalism in the United States and the European Union
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The Federal Vision
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John D. Donahue (Contributor Webpage)

Mark A. Pollack (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199245002.003.0004

Identifies some general themes that typically figure in particular policy debates in the USA and the European Union. It first traces, in the broadest possible outlines, the historical rhythm of centralization and decentralization in the USA and the EU, and then offers a few observations, for each polity, on the phase of the cycle at the start of the twenty‐first century, discussing the rhythms of federalism in the USA, and the EU experience of integration and subsidiarity. The generic arguments that drive the specific debates involved often concern geography‐linked diversity, the advantages and disadvantages that come with governmental scale, the role of autonomous governments as testbeds for innovation, and the alignment of choice and consequence to minimize policy externalities.

Keywords:   centralization, decentralization, European integration, European Union, federalism, policy debates, subsidiarity, USA

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