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The Nation-State in Question - T. V. Paul

The Nation-State in Question

By: T. V. Paul (Editor), G. John Ikenberry (Editor), John A. Hall (Editor)

Paperback Published: 5th October 2003
ISBN: 9780691115092
Number Of Pages: 400

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Has globalization forever undermined the state as the mighty guarantor of public welfare and security? In the 1990s, the prevailing and even hopeful view was that it had. The euphoria did not last long. Today the "return of the state" is increasingly being discussed as a desirable reality. This book is the first to bring together a group of prominent scholars from comparative politics, international relations, and sociology to systematically reassess--through a historical lens that moves beyond the standard focus on the West--state-society relations and state power at the dawn of the twenty-first century.

The contributors examine the sources and forms of state power in light of a range of welfare and security needs in order to tell us what states can do today. They assess the extent to which international social forces affect states, and the capacity of states to adapt in specific issue areas. Their striking conclusion is that states have continued to be pivotal in diverse areas such as nationalism, national security, multiculturalism, taxation, and industrial relations. Offering rich insights on the changing contours of state power, "The Nation-State in Question" will be of interest to social scientists, students, and policymakers alike. John Hall's introduction is followed by chapters by Peter Baldwin, John Campbell, Francesco Duina, Grzegorz Ekiert, Jeffrey Herbst, Christopher Hood, Anatoly Khazanov, Brendan O'Leary, T. V. Paul, Bernard Yack, Rudra Sil, and Minxin Pei. The conclusion is by John Ikenberry.

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"This impressive volume brings together political scientists and sociologists to assess what effects globalization has had on the state ... backed up by an unusually comprehensive collection of historical and comparative research on economic and security issues in the advanced industrial and developing worlds."--Sheri Berman, Foreign Affairs "The collection's unifying theme is ... the importance of nation-states within a context of globalization. This, apart from the merit of its individual contributions, is a major reason to welcome the publication of this fine edited collection."--Daniel Chernilo, Contemporary Sociology "The Nation-State in Question is an important addition to a growing literature critical of the view that unrelenting globalization has begun to limit state authority across a series of domains and might ultimately lead to the withering away to the state. The contributors to the book are unanimous in their view that the state has been the central organizational expression of modernity, and will continue be the dominant form of political organization for the foreseeable future."--Richard Ned Lebow, International History Review "The Nation State in Question is an excellent book that I would recommend to all students of contemporary politics. In particular, I would like to see students of globalization read this collection... The essays in this volume are original and interesting."--Paul Hamilton, International Journal "The book brings together a very capable group of scholars from the fields of international relations and comparative politics...[T]he principal contribution of this volume, which deserves a wide readership, lies in the combination of theoretical insight and in-depth analysis of policy areas."--Malte Pehl, Journal of Peace Research

Illustrationsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Introduction: Nation-States in Historyp. 1
National Identities
Nationalism, Popular Sovereignty, and the Liberal Democratic Statep. 29
What States Can Do with Nations: An Iron Law of Nationalism and Federation?p. 51
A State without a Nation? Russia after Empirep. 79
The Return of the Coercive State: Behavioral Control in Multicultural Societyp. 106
State Security
States, Security Function, and the New Global Forcesp. 139
States and War in Africap. 166
State Autonomy
National Legislatures in Common Markets: Autonomy in the European Union and Mercosurp. 183
The Tax State in the Information Agep. 213
States, Politics, and Globalization: Why Institutions Still Matterp. 234
Globalization, the State, and Industrial Relations: Common Challenges, Divergent Transitionsp. 260
State Capacity
The State after State Socialism: Poland in Comparative Perspectivep. 291
Rotten from Within: Decentralized Predation and Incapacitated Statep. 321
What States Can Do Nowp. 350
Contributorsp. 373
Indexp. 377
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ISBN: 9780691115092
ISBN-10: 0691115095
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 5th October 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.88 x 14.88  x 2.49
Weight (kg): 0.56