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The Concept of the State in International RelationsPhilosophy, Sovereignty and Cosmopolitanism$
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Robert Schuett and Peter M. R. Stirk

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748693627

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748693627.001.0001

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From Global Governance to Global Stateness

From Global Governance to Global Stateness

(p.187) 7 From Global Governance to Global Stateness
The Concept of the State in International Relations

William E. Scheuerman

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter defends the heterodox view that the conceptual paraphernalia of global governance is plagued by deep weaknesses, in part because its implicit theory of the state rests on some unexamined yet tendentious assumptions. Arguing that we need a more supple conception of the state than is found in contemporary debates about global political transformation, it updates the historian and sociologist J. P. Nettl's idea of stateness in order to suggest how we can transcend the myriad flaws of both the global governance and government approaches to thinking about post-national political rule. Although much more still remains to be said, the chapter attempts to lay the groundwork for a more fruitful discussion about some indisputably far-reaching political and institutional trends.

Keywords:   international relations, state, global governance, stateness, J. P. Nettl

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