The Nation State in the Twenty-First Century Analytical Essay by Mark Lewis

The Nation State in the Twenty-First Century
A discussion on the importance of the nation state in the twenty-first century.
# 147328 | 3,395 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2010 | GB
Published on Mar 20, 2011 in International Relations (General) , Political Science (General)

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The purpose of this paper to assess the relevance and importance of the nation state in the twenty first century in light of the development of supra national bodies such as the European Union.The paper looks at a variety of factors and issues in order to determine the nature and importance of the modern nation state and briefly outlines the theoretical assumptions and practical processes that have resulted in the emergence and dominance of the nation state system. It then examines the developments and factors that have impacted upon the nation state over the last one hundred years in order to assess the extent to which the nation state is relevant and important in the world of the twenty first century.

From the Paper:

"The origin of the nation state system can be found in 1648 with the Peace of Westphalia. It was here for the first time that the great powers of the day laid down in clear terms the concept of national territorial sovereignty, which formed the bedrock of the nation state system certainly arguably up to 1945. (Held, 1987). The Westphalian order as it is termed was therefore founded on the concept that all states are sovereign in the sense that they can legitimately move to secure their own interests and ensure their own security. Such sovereignty can be exerted over the specific geographical area and population that is deemed to be included within the state in question. Therefore, the state itself is the supreme controller of sovereign power within a given territory and is not subject to any kind of higher authority. It is then supposed that as each state holds its national sovereignty in the highest regard it will respect the sovereignty of others and expect the same in return. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Baylis, John and Smith, Steve. The Globalisation of World Politics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.
  • Dinian, Desmond. Europe Recast: A History of European Union. Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 2004.
  • Guehenno, Jean-Marie. The End of the Nation State. Minneapolis: Minneapolis University Press, 1995.
  • Held, David. Models of Democracy. Cambridge: Polity, 1987.
  • Held, David. Democracy and the Global Order: From the modern state to cosmopolitan governance. Cambridge: Polity, 1995.

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