This book analyzes the nation-state as part of a global political-cultural system. Considering theories on political life organized in terms of territories and sovereign authority and discussing how and why this became the preeminent form of political organization and authority throughout the world, it presents an exploration of the nation-state as a social construction. The author delves into an investigation of the impact of various aspects of international organization on nation-state structures and practices and, therefore, on the patterns and behaviors that constitute a world culture. Framed by world polity arguments, the nation-state is treated as a cultural object, with the international system as a cultural community giving it meaning, and shaping and defining its structures and practices.
About the Author
CONNIE L. McNEELY is currently on the faculty in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her work has appeared in sociology and interdisciplinary journals, annuals, and edited volumes. She is presently editing a collection entitled Public Rights, Public Rules: Constituting Citizens in the World Polity and National Policy.
Table of Contents
Foreword by John W. Meyer
A World of Nation-States
The World Polity in Perspective
Transnational Agencies and Forces: International Organizations and the World Polity
The Determination of Statehood: Conceptual Challenges and Empirical Shifts
Prescribing State Practice: Accounting for Progress
Policy Prescriptions: Ideology in State Structure and Practice
An Institutional Profile: Constructing the Nation-State
Appendix: Coding Schemes and Categories