The Nation-State: Not Dead Yet
Forthcoming in Perspectives Libres, March 2015
12 Pages Posted: 17 Jan 2015 Last revised: 7 Nov 2015
Date Written: January 15, 2015
Twenty years ago, the conventional wisdom was that the nation-state was dead. We underestimated the capacity of nation-state to adapt to new conditions, in ways that have preserved its capacity to control territory, people and events. The three questions that have traditionally been at the center of politics are likely to remain there. Who controls the state, and in particular, is it sufficiently responsive to public opinion? How do we protect citizens from arbitrary and unfair state action? And how do we reform the administrative apparatus of the state so that it is capable of delivering essential services, and managing the powerful forces that operate around it?
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