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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, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 24 May 2019


Published under the direction of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law.
General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.

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...
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