Compact or compound republicanism? The political economy of Europes federal vision Academic Article uri icon


  • This paper compares the logical foundations and classical interpretations of compact and compound theories of federalism as they apply to the emerging European federal authority. The study outlines the critical criteria by which one would ascertain the dominance of one model relative to that of the other within the emerging structure of authority across Europe. Operationalizing the critical institutional authority patterns governing the coordination of general property interests throughout European democracies, the study concludes that between 1955 and 1992, major European democracies have evolved toward a hybrid logic of institutional authority consistent more with a compound than a compact theory of federal authority. The sample consists of 14 European democracies.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Perry, R. L., & Robertson, J. D.

complete list of authors

  • Perry, RL||Robertson, JD

publication date

  • January 1, 1997 11:11 AM