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The United Kingdom and The Federal Idea

Editor(s): Robert Schütze, Stephen Tierney
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Published: 29-10-2020
Format: Paperback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 328
ISBN: 9781509943685
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
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About The United Kingdom and The Federal Idea

How should political power be divided within and among national peoples? Is the nineteenth-century theory of the sovereign and unitary State still fit for purpose in the twenty-first century? If not, can federalism provide a viable alternative model? This collection looks at federalism from the perspective of constitutional law. Taking the United Kingdom as a case study, Part One tracks the historical evolution of the 'Union' and explores the various expressions of federalism that emerged between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries. Part Two then assesses the experience of sovereignty-sharing with other nations in the context of international cooperation. Drawing on the expertise of the foremost commentators in their field, The United Kingdom and the Federal Idea provides a timely and reflective evaluation of how constitutional authority is being re-ordered within and beyond the United Kingdom.

Table Of Contents

Introduction: British 'Federalism'?
Robert Schütze
Part I. Historical Evolution: From Past to Present
1. The Failure of British and Irish Federalism, circa 1800–1950
Alvin Jackson
2. Parliamentary Sovereignty, Federalism and the Commonwealth
Peter C Oliver
3. Shared Rule: What the UK Could Learn from Federalism
Adam Tomkins
4. Drifting Towards Federalism? Appraising the Constitution in Light of the Scotland Act 2016 and Wales Act 2017
Stephen Tierney
5. Devolution and Secession in Comparative Perspective: The Case of Spain and Italy
Barbara Guastaferro and Lucía Payero

Part II. In Particular: The External Dimension
6. The UK's Reluctant Relationship with the EU: Integration, Equivocation, or Disintegration?
Jo Eric Khushal Murkens
7. Britain and the European Union: Federalism and Differentiation
Sionaidh Douglas-Scott
8. Federal Dynamics of the UK/Strasbourg Relationship
Roger Masterman
9. The UK's Status in the WTO Post-Brexit
Lorand Bartels
10. A Willing International Federalist? The UK's Pivotal Role within the United Nations
Nigel D White
Conclusion: We Have Always been Federal
David Armitage


The United Kingdom and the Federal Idea engages these issues with breadth, depth and rigour, in the exciting crucible of law and politics that is the UK Constitution.” –  Oran Doyle, Trinity College Dublin, I•CONnect Blog

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