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Lecture 22

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University of Toronto St. George
Political Science
Jeffrey Kopstein

Lecture 22 – Nation States Beyond Nationalism: The Theory – Nationalism is a product of industrial society: recap – Does therefore, the passing of industrial society into post-industrial society mean that we are moving to a post-national era? – What would that mean? – Primary allegiances shift from nation-state to something above that – How would that actually transpire? European Union – Historical circumstances: run up to war and World War II – How to ensure that Germany and France never fight again? – Notions of European Federalism – European Coal and Steel Community: 1951 (France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg) – State Interests: German Economic power and French political influence – Idea: unite economies and then you unite state interests From Coal and Steel to EU – contradictions of only Coal and Steel: requires huge numbers of inputs – capital, environmental standards, labour, iron ore, etc. – Treaties of Rome: 1957 (EEC and Euratom) – Today called European Union: from six to 27 countries – Institutions – a) European Commission: the bureaucracy of the EU – open to every EU member state citizen (must be loyal to EU) – b) Council: appointed representat
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