Europe and the International Dimension

41 Pages Posted: 16 Jan 2011

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Ben Tonra

University College Dublin (UCD)

Brigid Laffan

European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS)

Date Written: January 13, 2011

Abstract

Ireland, according to Article 5 of the Irish constitution, is a ‘sovereign, independent, democratic state’. This assertion of the state’s legal right to conduct its own affairs without outside interference is, however, an inadequate description of the state’s relationship with the rest of the world. Forces of Europeanisation and globalisation have greatly increased Ireland’s interaction with the international system and have embedded the state within it. It makes considerable sense to adapt the terminology often used by economists, and to think of Ireland as a ‘small open polity’.

Suggested Citation

Tonra, Ben and Laffan, Brigid, Europe and the International Dimension (January 13, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1739578 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1739578

Ben Tonra (Contact Author)

University College Dublin (UCD) ( email )

Belfield, Dublin 4 4
Ireland

Brigid Laffan

European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) ( email )

Villa La Fonte, via delle Fontanelle 18
50016 San Domenico di Fiesole
Florence, Florence 50014
Italy

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