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    Interplanetary federalism: maximising the chances of extraterrestrial peace, diversity and liberty

    Crawford, Ian (2015) Interplanetary federalism: maximising the chances of extraterrestrial peace, diversity and liberty. In: Cockell, C.S. (ed.) The Meaning of Liberty Beyond Earth. Space and Society. Berlin, Germany: Springer, pp. 199-218. ISBN 9783319095660.

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    Abstract

    I propose that a federal system of government, able to implement the principle of subsidiarity on interplanetary scales, will be the most appropriate form of political organisation to guide the future colonisation of the Solar System. Only a federal system will simultaneously satisfy the three key criteria of (1) accommodating and protecting social and cultural diversity among Solar System colonies; (2) minimising the risk of conflict between these diverse colonies and with the Earth; and (3) protecting the rights and liberties of individual human beings throughout the Solar System. No other form of political organisation is likely to leave humanity in a better position to exploit the opportunities, and minimise the risks, associated with building a Solar System-wide civilisation.

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    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: Series ISSN: 2199-3882
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Federalism, World government, Interplanetary government, Interplanetary peace, Extraterrestrial liberty
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Earth and Planetary Sciences
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2016 10:24
    Last Modified: 01 Aug 2019 16:13
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/14321

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