Cities in Federal Constitutional Theory
Cities are unique spaces that play a crucial role as political, economic and socio-cultural actors in today’s society. However, in spite of their increased importance, cities remain largely undertheorized and also misunderstood both in constitutional theory and in federalism theory. But urban agglomeration and the ever-increasing tasks that cities are required to perform represent challenges that constitutional law scholars and theorists can no longer ignore. The purpose of this panel is to have a theoretical discussion on cities as constitutional subjects in federal systems. The common thread linking the various papers included in the panel is that they introduce the city as a federal constitutional unit of analysis, and discuss the relationship between federalism, localism, and the city.