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