The Nation-State in Question / Edition 1

The Nation-State in Question / Edition 1

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The Nation-State in Question / Edition 1

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691115092
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 09/15/2003
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.96(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations vii

Preface ix

Introduction: Nation-States in History 1

John A. Hall


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


Chapter 5: States, Security Function, and the New Global Forces 139

T. V. Paul

Chapter 6: States and War in Africa 166

Jeffrey Herbst


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


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


What States Can Do Now 350

G. John Ikenberry

Contributors 373

Index 377

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