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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Foreign Affairs - Sheri Berman
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.
Contemporary Sociology - Daniel Chernilo
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.
International History Review - Richard Ned Lebow
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.
International Journal - Paul Hamilton
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.
Journal of Peace Research - Malte Pehl
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.
From the Publisher
"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

Foreign Affairs
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
Contemporary Sociology
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
International History Review
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 Journal
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
Journal of Peace Research
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
International History Review
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 Journal
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
Foreign Affairs
This impressive volume brings together political scientists and sociologists to assess what effects globalization has had on the state. Simplistic early views of globalization held that increasing openness and interdependence, together with the benign post-Cold War security environment, would rob states of their historical role and capacities while fueling the rise of supranational actors such as the European Union and subnational actors such as nongovernmental organizations. The essays here are part of a later wave of more balanced scholarship that moderates such breathless, often hysterical conclusions. The contributors show that states are not likely to disappear or lose much significance anytime soon. In summing up the findings, the editors note that "as in the past, state capacities continue to evolve, declining in some areas and rising in others. There are no rival political formations — local, regional, transnational, or global — that have the full multidimensional capacities of the state." Although not entirely novel or startling, this conclusion is backed up by an unusually comprehensive collection of historical and comparative research on economic and security issues in the advanced industrial and developing worlds. Unfortunately, as in so much contemporary academic work, many of the chapters are presented in such a way as to minimize their accessibility to intelligent and potentially interested general readers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691115092
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations vii
Preface ix
Introduction: Nation-States in History 1
John A. Hall
PART 1 NATIONAL IDENTITIES
Chapter 1: Nationalism, Popular Sovereignty, and the Liberal Democratic State 29
Bernard Yack
Chapter 2: What States Can Do with Nations: An Iron Law of Nationalism and Federation? 51
Brendan O'Leary
Chapter 3: A State without a Nation? Russia after Empire 79
Anatoly M. Khazanov
Chapter 4: The Return of the Coercive State: Behavioral Control in Multicultural Society 106
Peter Baldwin
PART 2 STATE SECURITY
Chapter 5: States, Security Function, and the New Global Forces 139
T. V. Paul
Chapter 6: States and War in Africa 166
Jeffrey Herbst
PART 3 STATE AUTONOMY
Chapter 7: National Legislatures in Common Markets: Autonomy in the European Union and Mercosur 183
Francesco Duina
Chapter 8: The Tax State in the Information Age 213
Christopher Hood
Chapter 9: States, Politics, and Globalization: Why Institutions Still Matter 234
John L. Campbell
Chapter 10: Globalization, the State, and Industrial Relations: Common Challenges, Divergent Transitions 260
Rudra Sil
PART 4 STATE CAPACITY
Chapter 11: The State after State Socialism: Poland in Comparative Perspective 291
Grzegorz Ekiert
Chapter 12: Rotten from Within: Decentralized Predation and Incapacitated State 321
Minxin Pei
Conclusion
What States Can Do Now 350
G. John Ikenberry
Contributors 373
Index 377

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