Following the collapse of international relations after WWI and the flawed attempt to establish an order under the covenant of the Society of Nations, most intellectuals— and economists among them—dwelled on the ways to design and implement a sustainable, peaceful, effective, durable international economic and political system. Within this extraordinary effort, the conceptualization of federations as constitutional systems, allowing for both decentralization and strategic unity, to building supranational cohesion upon heterogeneity and diversity, was paramount. Most economists engaged in designing an international order based on the principles of constitutional federalism. One key actor in such debate was Hayek. Nevertheless, an issue is still open on the nature and scope of supranational federalism as advocated by Hayek, compared to other approaches, such as Robbins’s. The paper aims to reaffirm the distinction between their two approaches to federalism and to assess the intellectual influence Hayek exerted on the making of European integration, the most advanced experiment of supranational construction in history.

Masini, F. (2022). Hayek’s Federalism and the Making of European Integration. COSMOS + TAXIS, 10(11-12), 85-96.

Hayek’s Federalism and the Making of European Integration

masini fabio
2022

Abstract

Following the collapse of international relations after WWI and the flawed attempt to establish an order under the covenant of the Society of Nations, most intellectuals— and economists among them—dwelled on the ways to design and implement a sustainable, peaceful, effective, durable international economic and political system. Within this extraordinary effort, the conceptualization of federations as constitutional systems, allowing for both decentralization and strategic unity, to building supranational cohesion upon heterogeneity and diversity, was paramount. Most economists engaged in designing an international order based on the principles of constitutional federalism. One key actor in such debate was Hayek. Nevertheless, an issue is still open on the nature and scope of supranational federalism as advocated by Hayek, compared to other approaches, such as Robbins’s. The paper aims to reaffirm the distinction between their two approaches to federalism and to assess the intellectual influence Hayek exerted on the making of European integration, the most advanced experiment of supranational construction in history.
Masini, F. (2022). Hayek’s Federalism and the Making of European Integration. COSMOS + TAXIS, 10(11-12), 85-96.
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