Are Anti-Federalism and Republicanism the Way Forward for a United States of Europe? Lessons from American History

Hong DandanPecchi LorenzoPiga Gustavo
CEIS Research Paper
Today, the European Union (EU) and in particular its common currency area created in 1998, the Eurozone, is going through an economic crisis that, given its duration, can be defined as structural and enduring and is such as to put the common political project at risk. This article retraces the history of the United States of America with the purpose of studying what lessons and insights for European Union evolution can be learned from the original debate between Federalists and Anti-Federalists and from its repercussions on United States federal development to date. We also deal critically with some conflicting ideas about the organization and future of Europe and present some policy proposals to relaunch the European project based on some of the lessons learned from the history of the United States.

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Number: 561
Keywords: Anti-Federalism, Republicanism, Solidarity, Civil War, New Deal, Great Society, fiscal federalism, European Union
Volume: 21
Issue: 4
Date: Friday, July 7, 2023
Revision Date: Friday, July 7, 2023