Who Needs the Nation State?

40 Pages Posted: 28 Sep 2012

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Dani Rodrik

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: July 2012

Abstract

The design of institutions is shaped by a fundamental trade-off. On the one hand, relationships and heterogeneity push governance down. On the other, the scale and scope benefits of market integration push governance up. A corner solution is rarely optimal. An intermediate outcome, a world divided into diverse polities, is the best that we can do.

Keywords: Globalization, Nation State

JEL Classification: F0, H41

Suggested Citation

Rodrik, Dani, Who Needs the Nation State? (July 2012). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP9040. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2153471

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