Handbook on Global Constitutionalism
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Handbook on Global Constitutionalism

Edited by Anthony F. Lang and Antje Wiener

This Handbook introduces scholars and students to the history, philosophy, and evidence of global constitutionalism. Contributors provide their insights from law, politics, international relations, philosophy, and history, drawing on diverse frameworks and empirical data sets. Across them all, however, is a recognition that the international order cannot be understood without an understanding of constitutional theory. The Handbook will define this field of inquiry for the next generation by bringing together some of the leading contemporary scholars.
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Chapter 25: Federalism: from constitutionalism to constitutionalization?

Thomas O. Hueglin


In the search for a global constitutional order federalism has been neglected because it is commonly associated with the American model of a centralized federal state. However, such a search can be aided by a confederally extended understanding of procedural or treaty federalism as practised in Canada and the European Union. Treaty federalism in this sense complements constitutionally guaranteed membership equality and the division of powers in federal systems with a process of intergovernmentally negotiated compromise and agreement aiming at the preservation of spatial identity and a commitment to social solidarity.

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