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Chapter 4: The Nation-State: A Factual Approach
We will now go from concepts to substance and approach the question with which many are preoccupied: what is in fact happening to the nation-state?
Two different pressures for change – two different threats, if you wish – are taken into consideration in the literature: one to national independence, the other to national identity. The threat to the independence of nation-states is thought to derive from matters as varied as the globalization of the economy, the supranationality of European institutions, and the position of individual human rights in international law. The threat to the identity of nations is often considered to derive from homogenizing Americanization. But is ...