Compound republics as viable political systems : a comparison of the Holy Roman Empire of the German nation and the European Union
Title: Compound republics as viable political systems : a comparison of the Holy Roman Empire of the German nation and the European Union
Author: HALDÉN, Peter
Citation: Florence, European University Institute, 2006
Series/Report no.: EUI PhD theses; Department of Political and Social Sciences
The way the sovereign state is taken for granted in political theory prevents an explanation of historical and contemporary organizations and phenomena different from this ideal type. Peter Haldén bypasses the state and the problems it causes by constructing an understanding of politics and a research model based on classical and early modern republican political theory. This enables historical analysis without anachronism and a new interpretation of the European Union. By comparing the EU with the Holy Roman Empire (1648-1763) and the antebellum United States (1776-1865), he explains that the EU's international weakness is a result of its strength as a security system that stabilizes Europe. The author argues that continued American support and embedding in NATO is necessary in order for the EU to act on the world stage and to stabilize Europe in the long run. Through these theoretical innovations, he explores alternatives to state-building in the Third World.
LC Subject Heading: State, The; State, The -- History; Republicanism -- History; Republicanism -- History -- Case studies; Political stability -- History; Political stability -- History -- Case studies; Holy Roman Empire -- History -- 1648-1804; Holy Roman Empire -- History -- 1648-1804; United States -- Politics and government -- 1783-1865; European Union -- History
Defence date: 28 July 2006; Examining board: Prof. Friedrich Kratochwil, European University Institute (Supervisor) ; Prof. Jaap Dronkers, European University Institute ; Prof. Jens Bartelson, University of Copenhagen ; Prof. Richard Little, University of Bristol
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