Constructing the Nation-state: International Organization and Prescriptive Action

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1995 - Social Science - 187 pages
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This book analyzes the nation-state as part of a global political-cultural system. Considering theories on political life organized in terms of territories and sovereign authority and discussing how and why this became the preeminent form of political organization and authority throughout the world, it presents an exploration of the nation-state as a social construction. The author delves into an investigation of the impact of various aspects of international organization on nation-state structures and practices and, therefore, on the patterns and behaviors that constitute a world culture. Framed by world polity arguments, the nation-state is treated as a cultural object, with the international system as a cultural community giving it meaning, and shaping and defining its structures and practices.

 

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Contents

A World of NationStates
1
The World Polity in Perspective
13
Transitional Agencies and Forces International Organizations and the World Polity
27
The Determination of Statehood International Organizations and the World Polity
37
Prescribing State Practice Accounting for Progress
73
Policy Prescriptions Ideology in State Structure and Practice
115
An Institutional Profile Constructing the NationState
149
Coding Schemes and Categories
165
References
171
Index
183
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CONNIE L. McNEELY is currently on the faculty in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her work has appeared in sociology and interdisciplinary journals, annuals, and edited volumes. She is presently editing a collection entitled Public Rights, Public Rules: Constituting Citizens in the World Polity and National Policy.

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