The institutional approach to federalism: C.J.Friedrich’s theory of federalism and its significance in the contemporary world

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Author: Vadim Korol’kov

DOI: 10.21128/1812-7126-2022-3-156-162

Keywords: theory of federalism; constitutionalism; institutions; Eurasian integration


The article analyses C.J.Friedrich’s institutional theory of federalism in the context of his views on the state based on the synthesis of the European and American concepts of constitutionalism. The distinctive features of his institutional theory on the order of formation and development of federal systems are illustrated, as well as its importance for modern constitutional and political theory. Separately, from the standpoint of institutional theory analyzed the domestic federal system and the Eurasian Economic Union, identifying the problematic aspects of the work of their bodies and institutions, suggestions for improving the legal regulation to improve the effectiveness of the institutions of federalism.

About the author: Vadim Korol’kov – postgraduate student of the Department of Constitutional and Municipal Law, Faculty of Law, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Head of the Federalist Discussion Club, Moscow, Russia.

Citation: Korol’kov V.V. (2022) Institutsional’nyy podkhod k federalizmu: teoriya federalizma K.I.Fridrikha i eyo znachenie v sovremennom mire [The institutional approach to federalism: C.J.Friedrich’s theory of federalism and its significance in the contemporary world]. Sravnitel’noe konstitutsionnoe obozrenie, vol. 31, no. 3, pp. 156–162. (In Russian).


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