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The End of the Nation

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Political Science
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POL101Y1
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Jeffrey Kopstein

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Political Science March 21
st
, 2011
The End of the Nation-State?
Reading: Zielonka, The Quality of Democracy after Joining the European Union, pp.162-
180
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)
Parliament
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
deficits?
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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- 180 Stubbs, Rethinking Asias Economic Miracle, pp.184-17 Beyond Nationalism: The Theory Nationalism is a product of industrial society Nationalism did not exist before the 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?
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