Bulletin n. 1/2017
June 2017
  • Section A) The theory and practise of the federal states and multi-level systems of government
  • Section B) Global governance and international organizations
  • Section C) Regional integration processes
  • Section D) Federalism as a political idea
  • Dora Kostakopoulou
    What fractures political unions? Failed federations, Brexit and the importance of political commitment
    in European Law Review , volume 42, issue 3 ,  2017 ,  339-352
    The Brexit outcome of the referendum on 23 June 2016 suspended the vision of a "Europe of solidarity" and made the fragmentation of the EU both thinkable and real. This article examines this development through the lens of European integration theories and revisits an older question posed by Franck et al., namely, why federations fail. The discussion highlights the role of political commitment to the success or the failure of a political Union and suggests a reconsideration of the situated agency in processes of political fission. This has implications for the UKs withdrawal negotiations following the activation of art.50 TEU as well as for European integration theory.
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