Shifting Boundaries: the Rise and Fall of European Nation-States in Comparative Perspective

Shifting Boundaries: the Rise and Fall of European Nation-States in Comparative Perspective The state is no longer a matter of course. On the one hand, one detects a fundamental and conceptual skepticism about the scholarly “master narrative” of a continuous rise of the modern state. On the other hand, empirical evidence is pointing to a growing heterogeneity of a previously unified state. This article reviews the peculiar historical conditions of European state-formation, which is interpreted as a process of differentiation of statehood vis-à-vis the market, the private and the public spheres. In the third quarter of the 20th century, this process reached its climax; since then, boundaries of statehood are being redrawn in various respects. Instead of representing a monolithic unity, the state increasingly figures in complex “network” and “bubble” structures. Nevertheless, the history of European statehood in a global perspective has not yet come to an end. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Zeitschrift für Staats- und Europawissenschaften de Gruyter

Shifting Boundaries: the Rise and Fall of European Nation-States in Comparative Perspective

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de Gruyter
Copyright
Copyright © 2006 Walter de Gruyter
Subject
Abhandlungen / Analyses
ISSN
1610-7780
eISSN
1612-7013
DOI
10.1515/ZSE.2006.001
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Abstract

The state is no longer a matter of course. On the one hand, one detects a fundamental and conceptual skepticism about the scholarly “master narrative” of a continuous rise of the modern state. On the other hand, empirical evidence is pointing to a growing heterogeneity of a previously unified state. This article reviews the peculiar historical conditions of European state-formation, which is interpreted as a process of differentiation of statehood vis-à-vis the market, the private and the public spheres. In the third quarter of the 20th century, this process reached its climax; since then, boundaries of statehood are being redrawn in various respects. Instead of representing a monolithic unity, the state increasingly figures in complex “network” and “bubble” structures. Nevertheless, the history of European statehood in a global perspective has not yet come to an end.

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Zeitschrift für Staats- und Europawissenschaftende Gruyter

Published: Apr 1, 2006

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