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Stability without Statehood: Lessons from Europe's History before the Sovereign State
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research.
2011 (English)Book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The way the sovereign state is taken for granted in political theory prevents an explanation of historical and contemporary organizations and phenomena different from this ideal type. Peter Haldén bypasses the state and the problems it causes by constructing an understanding of politics and a research model based on classical and early modern republican political theory. This enables historical analysis without anachronism and a new interpretation of the European Union. By comparing the EU with the Holy Roman Empire (1648-1763) and the antebellum United States (1776-1865), he explains that the EU's international weakness is a result of its strength as a security system that stabilizes Europe. He argues that continued American support and embedding in NATO is necessary in order for the EU to act on the world stage and to stabilize Europe in the long run. Through these theoretical innovations, he explores alternatives to state-building in the Third World.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan , 2011. , 223 p.
Keyword [en]
State, international system, republicanism, European Union, state failure, Holy Roman Empire, United States of America
Keyword [de]
Staat, internationales System, Republikanismus, Europäische Union, zerfallende Staaten, Heliges Römisches Reich deutscher Nation, Vereinigten Staaten
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
Research subject
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-145422ISBN: 0-230-27355-6OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-145422DiVA: diva2:396115
Available from: 2011-02-08 Created: 2011-02-08 Last updated: 2011-11-30Bibliographically approved

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