The Binding of Nations: From European Union to World Union

The Binding of Nations: From European Union to World Union

by M. Corner

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The Binding of Nations: From European Union to World Union by M. Corner

The time is ripe for a new international organization, a Global Union based upon a limited sharing of sovereignty. This book examines the successes and failures of the European Union as a sovereignty-sharing organization, and suggests that this unique institution has a critical role to play in the development of a more effective world order.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781349311811
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 04/09/2010
Edition description: 1st ed. 2010
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.02(d)

About the Author

MARK CORNER is Lecturer in the Department of International Studies at University Brussels, Belgium. He previously taught at University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic and Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium.

Table of Contents

Preface x

1 Introduction 1

A proposal 1

Patriotism is not enough 2

The sharing of sovereignty 4

The structure of the book 6

A point about language 10

Conclusion 13

Part I Towards European Union 15

2 The Rise of the Nation-State 17

The end of Christendom 17

The nation becomes the nation-state 21

The nation-state as a 'civilising force' 27

Norbert Elias and the sociological perspective 29

Conclusion 31

3 From Nationalism to Supranationalism 34

The idea of 'supranationalism' 34

'Supranationalism' finds its moment in history 36

British and French approaches to supranationalism 40

The British approach 40

The French approach 42

British and French approaches to the treaties of Rome 45

Conclusion 52

4 Managing Supranationalism 54

Introduction 54

European law 54

'Own resources' 59

Supporting vulnerable economic sectors 62

The later development of the European Union 65

Conclusion 72

Part II Options for Global Governance 75

5 The United Nations 77

Introduction 77

The Security Council 78

Outside the Security Council - UN 'agencies' 83

The legal framework of the UN 88

Recent developments - The problem of intervention 91

The financial framework of the UN 94

Conclusion 97

6 Other Potential Global Authorities 101

Introduction 101

Financial and economic bodies 102

The International Monetary Fund 102

The World Bank 105

The World Trade Organisation 106

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development 109

G7, G8, G20 . . . G200? 112

The Commonwealth and the International Francophone Organisation 114

NATO and the OSCE 116

New organisations 122

Can the problem be bypassed? 124

Conclusion 128

7 Other Regional Unions 130

Introduction 130

The African Union 131



Conclusion 146

Part III A Global Union 149

8 Current EU Thinking 151

Introduction 151

'Effective multilateralism' 151

'Effective inter-regionalism' 155

Success and failure: Europe, and its 'near abroad' 157

The EU and the Southern Mediterranean 158

The EU and Eastern/South-Eastern Europe 161

The Balkans 161

Europe's 'Far East' 165

Turkey 169

Conclusion 170

9 A Global Sharing of Sovereignty 173

Moving beyond other organisations 173

The McClintock system 176

Food security 181

Extending the sharing of sovereignty 187

The EU as a member of a Global Union 189

Conclusion 193

10 The Copernican Revolution 195

Introduction 195

A Union to serve the nation-state 199

The sharing of sovereignty and the domestic analogy 201

The EU and its malaise 205

Can the EU manage a Copernican revolution? 207

European 'presumption' 209

The need for a trigger 211

Conclusion 213

Notes 215

References 232

Index 237

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