1. The federal principle has made a long ‘journey through time in quest of meaning’ (Davis). Its etymological origins lie in ‘foedus’—a word that signified ‘contract’. Contractual bonds are variously made; and the federal principle was open to a variety of conceptual directions. Early on, the federal idea became associated with arrangements between political communities. Yet, there was hardly any political philosophy of federalism in antiquity; and in the medieval world, the federal principle found but little light to grow. Modern federalism emerges with the rise...
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