Polyvalent Federalism: Johannes Althusius to Edvard Kardelj and Titoism

Authored by: Matthew McCullock

The Ashgate Research Companion to Federalism

Print publication date:  August  2009
Online publication date:  April  2016

Print ISBN: 9780754671312
eBook ISBN: 9781315612966
Adobe ISBN: 9781317043454


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The aim of the chapter is to both historically and theoretically explore Titoist federalism, but more importantly attempt to identify how it was influenced by the work of Johannes Althusius. Consequently, the chapter has two specific aims and a more general aim. Specifically, the chapter aims to examine a comment made by the leading Yugoslav constitutionalist Jovan Djordjevi? to Daniel Elazar in 1973. Speaking of the theoretical influences on Titoism as a model of federal constitutionalism, Djordjevi? noted the influence Althusius had had on the constitutional writers in Yugoslavia, especially as a counter-balance to Marxism (Elazar 1990).

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