How should political power be divided within and among national peoples?
Is the nineteenth-century theory of the sovereign and unitary State still fit for purpose in the twenty-first century?
If not, can federalism provide a viable alternative model?
This collection looks at federalism from the perspective of constitutional law.
Taking the United Kingdom as a case study, Part One tracks the historical evolution of the `Union' and explores the various expressions of federalism that emerged between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries.
Part Two then assesses the experience of sovereignty-sharing with other nations in the context of international cooperation.
Drawing on the expertise of the foremost commentators in their field, The United Kingdom and the Federal Idea provides a timely and reflective evaluation of how constitutional authority is being re-ordered within and beyond the United Kingdom.