Political Unification Revisited / Edition 2

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Can independent nations unify politically? Amitai Etzioni raised this searching question in his seminal 1965 book, Political Unification: A Comparative Study of Leaders and Forces. In this revised edition—now with an extensive new introduction—Etzioni convincingly argues that the experiment of collective self-determination is the only viable replacement for a perilously overloaded international system. This fascinating work debates the limitations of informal networks of governance, transnational agencies and cross-nation bonding—including the grand experiment of the European Union—to argue that only a truly transcendent supranational community can effectively succeed the nation-state. He doubts whether the traditional system of international relations can withstand the threat of transnational forces. Old-fashioned diplomacy can neither prevent weapons of mass destruction and hate material moving easily across national borders, nor deal with mass cross-border immigration in the wake of civil war and the rise of political and ethnic separatism. Political Unification Revisited is essential reading for political scientists and scholars of international law and international relations seeking to navigate the path from national sovereignty to world government in the 21st century..

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Editorial Reviews

This reissued classic is recommended for upper-division undergraduate through professional collections.
Vivien A. Schmidt
Political Unification Revisited is a highly original book with something old and something new, that is, with a new, long introduction that situates the bulk of the book, published in the l960s, within contemporary debates about the need for global and regional government. The 1960s part of the book has stood the test of time, with its subtle analyses of the demands involved in building federations of nation-states illustrated through four case studies. The contemporary introduction provides fresh insights on the one federation of the four that lasted, the EU, while making compelling arguments about the unsustainability of a federation that remains stuck halfway to a real regional government. For Etzioni, the problem for the EU, as for any other regional or even global government—to be distinguished from governance arrangement—is that supranational political institutions need to be accompanied by moral dialogues that speak to the creation of a common core of communal values and bonds, without which any federation will founder. Etzioni makes this point eloquently, as he revisits his earlier work while updating it, to show that while well-constructed political institutions are essential, they cannot succeed without solid moral communities to underpin them.
This reissued classic is recommended for upper-division undergraduate through professional collections.
Simon Serfaty
Truly a classic. . . . An indispensable tool for students, a constant reference for scholars, and a source of foreknowledge for policy makers. . . . The depth and range of Professor Etzioni's scholarship provide the reader with unique insights.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739102732
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 2/1/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 414
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Amitai Etzioni is the founder and first president of the Communitarian Network and a university professor at George Washington University. Among his many books are Civic Repentance, The New Golden Rule, The Spirit of Community, and The Moral Dimension.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 A Paradigm for the Study of Political Unification Chapter 2 Delineation of the Subject and of Elementary Concepts Chapter 3 Political Unification Part 4 Distribution and Configuration of Integrating Powers: A Comparative Analysis Chapter 5 Theoretical Framework Chapter 6 Integrating Power Chapter 7 A Union That Failed: The United Arab Republic (1958-61) Chapter 8 A Union That Failed: The Federation of the West Indies (1958-62) Chapter 9 A Stable Union: The Nordic Associational Web (1953-64) Chapter 10 A Growing Union: The European Economic Community (1958-64) Chapter 11 In Comparative Perspective

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