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James E. Fleming and Jacob T Levy

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781479868858

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479868858.001.0001

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Cities and Federalism

Cities and Federalism

(p.259) 9 Cities and Federalism
Federalism and Subsidiarity

Daniel Weinstock

NYU Press

This chapter argues that cities should be included in theories of federalism and within federal arrangements in the real world. It begins by discussing the tension between two ways in which federal arrangements can be justified: the notion of subsidiarity and the concept of self-determination. It then considers the ways that cities might fit into federal arrangements, what falls within the extension of the term “city,” and why federations governed by a concern with subsidiarity ought to include cities. It also examines why cities must be included even in federations construed as bringing together self-determining collective agents. Finally, it describes “folk conception” of cities and reflects on a number of possible objections to the notions of subsidiarity and self-determination that underpin the city's claim to constitutional status.

Keywords:   cities, federalism, subsidiarity, self-determination, federations, folk conception of cities

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