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The European Union as a Polity (I)
The European Union as a polity (I)

Since the work of Max Weber and others at the start of the twentieth century, it was almost universally accepted that politics and government could only take place within a ‘state’: a hierarchical political organization, with the sovereign power to make and enforce decisions on a (preferably) homogenous society. A century later, these ideas now seem rather quaint! The Weberian state largely existed in a particular geographic region of the world (the far western periphery of the Eurasian continent) and in a rather short period of human history (from the seventeenth to the mid-twentieth centuries). And, with the global devolution of power to regions, localities and non-state organizations, and the delegation of ...

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