Can independent nations unify politically? Amitai Etzioni raised
this searching question in his seminal 1965 book, Political
Unification: A Comparative Study of Leaders and Forces. In this
revised editionnow with an extensive new introductionEtzioni
convincingly argues that the experiment of collective
self-determination is the only viable replacement for a perilously
overloaded international system. This fascinating work debates the
limitations of informal networks of governance, transnational
agencies and cross-nation bondingincluding the grand experiment of
the European Unionto argue that only a truly transcendent
supranational community can effectively succeed the nation-state.
He doubts whether the traditional system of international relations
can withstand the threat of transnational forces. Old-fashioned
diplomacy can neither prevent weapons of mass destruction and hate
material moving easily across national borders, nor deal with mass
cross-border immigration in the wake of civil war and the rise of
political and ethnic separatism. Political Unification Revisited is
essential reading for political scientists and scholars of
international law and international relations seeking to navigate
the path from national sovereignty to world government in the 21st
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