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dc.contributor.authorHALDÉN, Peter
dc.identifier.citationFlorence, European University Institute, 2006
dc.descriptionDefence date: 28 July 2006
dc.descriptionExamining 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
dc.description.abstractThe 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.
dc.relation.ispartofseriesEUI PhD thesesen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesDepartment of Political and Social Sciencesen
dc.subject.lcshState, The
dc.subject.lcshState, The -- History
dc.subject.lcshRepublicanism -- History
dc.subject.lcshRepublicanism -- History -- Case studies
dc.subject.lcshPolitical stability -- History
dc.subject.lcshPolitical stability -- History -- Case studies
dc.subject.lcshHoly Roman Empire -- History -- 1648-1804
dc.subject.lcshHoly Roman Empire -- History -- 1648-1804
dc.subject.lcshUnited States -- Politics and government -- 1783-1865
dc.subject.lcshEuropean Union -- History
dc.titleCompound republics as viable political systems : a comparison of the Holy Roman Empire of the German nation and the European Unionen

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