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By Hans J. Michelmann, Panayotis Soldatos

This is often the 1st comparative learn of an more and more very important phenomenon: the foreign position and actions of part devices of significant liberal democratic federal states. The paintings identifies universal topics and explores the explanations for the proliferation of paradiplomatic actions by means of those non-traditional actors at the overseas scene. reading the character and heritage of international coverage federalism, the paintings makes a speciality of the overseas function of subnational devices in Austria, Australia, Canada, the Federal Republic of Germany, Switzerland, and the us, and assesses the results of those paradiplomatic actions for the behavior of international coverage in each one federation.

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When w e read some o f the eight hundred agreements a n d letters of understanding linking the Canadian provinces with the US counterparts we note in them the appropriate polite bow towards federal Washington and Ottawa, but that is followed by a matter­ of-fact description of how the agreement pertains to both sides of the border. The 1 9 69 agreement on civil defence emergency planning between Montana and Alberta reads, for example, in part: Subject to review by Federal Authorities of both the United States of America and Canada where federal interests are involved .

2 is a diagram of the paradiplomatic relations in North and North Central America. The diagram is extremely simplified, and only a few samples of the links are included. If all linkages involving the non-central governments of Canada, the United States, and Mexico were to be indicated, the web would be so dense as to be indecipherable. Northern Mexico, which is contiguous with four US states in the south-west ( California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas), consists of six states (Baja California (Norte and Sur), Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Neuvo Leon, and Tamaulipas), but only four of them are noted on the Mexican segment of the diagram.

This is a graphic illustration of foreign interference in the domestic affairs of a nation, a current practice in our interdependent 'global village' with its mesh-like fences. Second, territorial components (provinces, states, cantons, Lander, regions) were added to both systems (Easton's national system and the added foreign state). Provinces of unequal size (and clout) are represented by various geometric patterns. Line 3, representing transborder regional paradiplomacy, sym­ bolizes the informal and formal interactions between provinces, states, cantons, Landers, or regions.

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