Constructing the Nation-State: International Organization and Prescriptive Action

Constructing the Nation-State: International Organization and Prescriptive Action


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Constructing the Nation-State: International Organization and Prescriptive Action by Connie McNeely

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313293986
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/20/1995
Series: Controversies in Science Series , #113
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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



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