Swaine, Edward T. (2001) "Subsidiarity and sovereignty: European regionalism and globalized legal relations". In: UNSPECIFIED, Madison, Wisconsin. (Unpublished)
This paper briefly explores [these] formal connections in the hope of stimulating broader consideration of the constitutional relationship between sub-national regionalism and its supra-national kin in a globalized world. First, to what extent is the Community obliged to devolve political authority downward to the regions, including responsibility for conducting international relations? Second, and conversely, do Community principles constrain the assignment by member states of foreign relations authority to regions? As explained below, the answers may be discouraging for those supposing that one form of regionalism may simply nest within the other, but will perhaps help redefine the ambitions of regionalism in a fashion better reconciled to its emerging tools. In particular, considering the proper limits to the foreign relations authority of the regions-part of what Francisco Aldecoa described as an area that "has hardly been studied at all"-may shine light on the responsibilities that should be permitted them as well.
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