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The End of the Nation

Political Science
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Jeffrey Kopstein

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Political Science March 21
, 2011
The End of the Nation-State?
Reading: Zielonka, The Quality of Democracy after Joining the European Union, pp.162-
Stubbs, Rethinking Asias Economic Miracle, pp.184-17
Beyond Nationalism: The Theory
Nationalism is a product of industrial society
Nationalism did not exist before t he modern world: the idea that people shared a
common government
If nationalism is the product of industrial modernity we can therefore expect the
age of nationalism to pass – prediction which follows
Does therefore, the passing of industrial society into post industrial society mean
that we are moving into a post national era?
What would that mean?
Primary allegiances shift from nation state to something above that
Case Study: European Union
Historical circumstances: run up to war and WWII
How to ensure that Germany and France never fight again?
European Coal and Steal Community: 1951 (France, Germany, Italy, Belgium,
Netherland, Luxemburg)
State interests: German economic power and French political inf luence
Idea: unite economies and then you unite state interests
From Coal and Steel to EU
Contradictions for only Coal and Steal
Treaties of Rome: 1957 (EEC and Euratom)
Today called European Union: from six to 27 countries
Institutions a) European Commission b) Council c) European Cour t of justice d)
Logic of intergovernmentalism: delegation
Logic of neo-functionalism: spillover
From Single Market to single currency
Single Market Act 1986
Creation of Euro: Gradual introduction after 1995 and Banknotes in 2002
17 out of 27 states use it
Lost monetary sovereignty (benefits and costs)
Design as compromise
Design f law: what is to prevent member states from running gigantic budget
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