Political Power and Territorial Form: the Nation in State Theory

  • Chris Collinge
Part of the Explorations in Sociology book series (EIS)


The dominance of the nation state as overarching power and taken-for-granted societal unit has been thrown into doubt since the 1960s by transnational economic integration. However, this process is not as clear-cut as has sometimes been suggested, and is by no means following a single path or producing uniform results across territories. In Britain, for instance, European integration is more highly contested than elsewhere, and regional devolution has in the first instance been restricted to the old nations of Scotland and Wales. Elsewhere in the EU, regional states may be gaining in autonomy but this takes place at the price of greater fiscal isolation, while territories in central and eastern Europe have demonstrated renewed commitment to nationalism following the collapse of the supranational Soviet Union.


Social Cohesion Social Formation State Apparatus Institutional Instance Capitalist Mode 
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