The European Union, the United Nations, and the Revival of Confederal Governance

The European Union, the United Nations, and the Revival of Confederal Governance

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Before it became a federation, the United States was briefly a "confederation," a much looser union composed of states rather than of peoples. "Unions of states" to promote ecomomic well-being and to prevent war are now being revived. Mr. Lister analyzes modern confederalism, and how it is functioning in the single market of the Europen Union and how it might function if the collective security system of the United Nations could be carried out, as originally planned, by a confederal-style partnership of the world's independent states.

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Confederal-type governance is seen as a promising vehicle for uniting moderately incompatible peoples and states.

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Retired from a career with the UN Secretariat, Lister explores the nature of confederal governance from ancient Greek through its surfacing in Swiss, Dutch, American, and German histories. He then considers the European Union as a jumbo confederation, and the United Nations as a nascent collective security confederation. The three chapters are excerpted and revised from his unpublished Confederal Governance; Its Long History and Modern Revival . Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1996
ISBN: 9780313031755
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xi, 182 pages)
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