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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Loyalty Towards Federation

Michèle Finck

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 19 April 2021


General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.
Managing Editor: Ana Harvey

1. The principle of federal good faith, also referred to as federal comity, federal loyalty, federal trust, or federal fidelity, is a guiding principle that intervenes in inter-level relations in federal systems (federalism). The principle, which to date has received little scholarly attention, let alone from a comparative perspective, echoes the spirit of loyalty and cooperation reigning between the various federated entities (component federal units) as well as towards the federal level itself. While arguably an inherent feature of most if not all contemporary...
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