Central Law and Peripheral Law

  • P. Carrozza


The aim of these observations is to provide an overall view of the features of legislative decentralization on a territorial basis (whatever the name given to the local entities — member states, régions, regioni, Länder, comunidades autònomas, etc.) as they have developed in the principal contemporary legal systems, from the particular viewpoint of their repercussions on the law-making process and, more generally, on the sources of law system.


Legal System Judicial Review Cooperative Model Legislative Power Constitutional Provision 
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