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ISBN: 0199782199 / ISBN-13: 9780199782192

Uniting States: Voluntary Union in World Politics

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What causes a state to unify voluntarily with another state? If realists are right, voluntary union should never happen. In their view, states value ... Show synopsis

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  • Uniting States: Voluntary Union in World Politics (Oxford University Press, USA) – Hardcover (2011)
    by Joseph M Parent

    Uniting States: Voluntary Union in World Politics

    Hardcover, Oxford University Press, USA
    2011
    English
    New ed.
    256 pages

    ISBN: 0199782199
    ISBN-13: 9780199782192

    Ever since the birth of the modern nation-state at the Peace of Westphalia, the essential lodestars for governments have been sovereignty (including of a monopoly over the use of force) and territorial integrity. Given how elemental sovereignty and territorial integrity are to states, why would a government ever willingly disintegrate or give up its sovereignty to unite with another state as the junior partner? Despite such a considerable intellectual barrier, modern history features many examples of states that have either ... Show more

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