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nation state

the modern form of STATE, possessing clearly defined borders, in which the boundaries of state and society tend to be coextensive, i.e. the territorial claims of the state typically correspond with cultural, linguistic and ethnic divisions (see also NATIONALISM). As such, these modern forms of state contrast with the most successful earlier state forms (e.g. preindustrial empires) which usually lacked the administrative or other resources to impose, such cultural integration.

As GIDDENS (1985) puts it, a decisive feature of modern nation states is that they are ‘bordered power containers’ enclosing far greater administrative intensity than traditional states. Furthermore, these modern states have also existed as part of a NATION-STATE SYSTEM of similarly constituted states, in which:

  1. WARFARE and the preparation for war played a fundamental consitutive role; and
  2. in providing a model, paved the way for all subsequent modern nation states, e.g. in Asia and Africa. In recent years, sociologists have tended to place a new emphasis on the role of the state in transforming the traditional world, often granting political institutions greater autonomy from, and sometimes even primacy over, economic institutions. See also ABSOLUTISM, SOVEREIGNTY, STANDING ARMY, ARMS RACE, CITIZEN, SURVEILLANCE, DEMOCRACY.
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The Rise of the Nation-State in Europe: Absolutism, Enlightenment and Revolution, 1603-1815 is a close inspection of political change in Europe from 1603-1815, a period when the concept of government evolved from absolutism, wherein monarchs attempted to make their nation-states into veritable personal domains through a combination of political and religious authority, to attempts at benevolent rule by Enlightened despots and finally to citizen revolt in the pursuit of personal freedoms and liberty.
A nation-state is formed on principles of shared values, where regardless of differences in caste, ethnicity or language, the citizens have a common identity and strive towards mutual goals.
The ways in which these dynamics can complicate Rodrik's political trilemma have been on stark display in Catalonia, where the tension between local democracy and the nation-state is even more acute than that with globalization.
In other words, economic integration, anchored in the nation-state, remained in favor globally, while democracy was made secondary to international market dynamics.
In other words, economic integration, anchored in the nation-state, remained in favour globally, while democracy was made secondary to international market dynamics.
According to the bill, the goal of the new measure is to "preserve Israel's status as the nation-state of the Jewish people by having its values as a Jewish and democratic state become an integral part of its basic laws.
Our own concept of equality and social justice is still anchored in the idea of the nation-state.
We hope to move beyond the term resettlement, in the state of origin, the state of current emplacement, or a third nation-state, in which durable solutions to displacement are conventionally cast, and to examine the experience of displaced groups whose social reality conflicts with the sedentist assumptions on which the nation-state is based.
Rather than a singular sphere of allegiance that would structure a nation's motivations, Al-Mahdi proposed that there are four spheres in which the current nation-state must act: the Islamic, the regional, the international, and the Arab sphere.
In the mid-1990s, many academics declared an end to the nation-state.
Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later (2002) tells the story of a neoliberal nation-state that dissolves into chaos under the pressure of a massive public health crisis and the story of an army officer who tries to re-constitute the nation-state and, he believes, civilization itself, through the imposition of military discipline and brutal coercion.
In the process, unfortunately, geo-political borders demarcating nation-state territories and social spaces are given less import than they ought to.

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