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Stability without statehood : lessons from Europe's history before the sovereign state /
Peter Haldén.
imprint
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
description
ix, 223 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0230273556 (hardback), 9780230273559 (hardback)
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imprint
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
isbn
0230273556 (hardback)
9780230273559 (hardback)
catalogue key
7777817
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 199-219) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Peter Haldn is a researcher at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, Sweden. Previously, he worked at the Swedish Defence Research Agency and studied at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. His published works include an edited translation of the Peace of Westphalia and The Geopolitics of Climate Change.
Summaries
Main Description
This book reinterprets the EU using classical and early modern republican political theory. Bypassing the nation-state, it presents a new theory of the creation, change and demise of organizations in world politics. It also argues that the state is a problematic solution to 'state-failure' and explores alternative republican commonwealths.
Long Description
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. The author 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.
Description for Bookstore
This is the first comparative analysis of the EU with similar historical entities in world politics
Long Description
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 Hald n 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.
Bowker Data Service Summary
This book reinterprets the EU using classical and early modern republican political theory. Bypassing the nation-state, it presents a new theory of the creation, change and demise of organizations in world politics.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introduction: Through the Shadows of the Statep. 1
The Fiction of the State as the Good, Natural and the Beautifulp. 7
The state from prescriptive polemics to a descriptive gridp. 7
Rule, rules and relations before states: republican systems theoryp. 18
Giving shape to action: forms of rulep. 23
Viability and survivalp. 26
Remedies: The Neglected Heritage of Republicanismp. 31
Republican theories of world politicsp. 31
Republics evade the spectrum states-system of statesp. 35
The ideal type of the compound republicp. 39
Compound republics in world politicsp. 48
A Long-lived Republic: The Holy Roman Empire 1648-1763p. 51
A neglected Methuselahp. 51
The Holy Roman Empire as a compound republicp. 54
The Holy Roman Empire and systems in the environmentp. 67
The Holy Roman Empire in world politicsp. 72
A Solitary Republic: The United States of America 1776-1865p. 92
Self-evident truths?p. 92
Towards the new worldp. 95
The United States as a republican form of rulep. 97
The Empire of Libertyp. 109
A Shielded Republic: The European Union 1957-2010p. 119
Great expectations: the European Union as a compound republicp. 119
The European Union and systems in the environmentp. 131
The European Union in world politics 1992-2010p. 140
Republican Commonwealths versus State-Buildingp. 164
Leviathan's travelsp. 164
The coup d'état of the state in contemporary securityp. 167
Republican security analysis and historical analogiesp. 169
Republican commonwealthsp. 177
Conclusionsp. 182
Comparing republics: the Holy Roman Empire, the United States and the European Unionp. 183
Republican policies for the twenty-first centuryp. 194
Bibliographyp. 199
Indexp. 221
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