Title: Efficiency in the Multinational Federal Republic
Authors: Gregoire, Jean-Francois # ×
Issue Date: 5-Nov-2014
Publisher: Forum of Federations
Series Title: Federal Governance vol:11 issue:1 pages:24-40
Abstract: In this paper, I address the division of competences and the selfdetermination
of stateless political communities in a less parochial and more holistic
way than they have been addressed within political philosophy. To do so, I will attempt
to clarify the meaning of Pareto efficiency principle, which stipulates roughly that the
well-being of one individual cannot be improved at the expense of another. As I go
along, I will try to show how the approach adopted here is distinct from the
redistributive and libertarian views. I will argue that liberal philosophers who have
discussed redistribution and fiscal federalism have been guilty of approaching these
issues through statist and redistributive paradigms inherited from Rawls and his theory
of justice (1971). As the capacity of regions to effectively pursue justice depends not
only on the ‘basic structure’ of federations, but also on external factors of which many
are encompassed by the term ‘globalization’, sub-units need federalism to divide
competences in a way that gives them the means to be efficient in delivering public
goods and services to their constituencies. I then show the link between this plea for a
division of competences that improves peoples’ democratic capabilities to have efficient
institutions and the republican ideal of non-domination. I conclude by suggesting that
this combination will likely result in asymmetrical federal arrangements which are more
likely to increase the size of governments, contrarily to what ‘competitive federalism’
theories predict.
ISSN: 1923-6158
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Non-KU Leuven Association publications
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