After the Nation State

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  • Book: After the Nation State: Citizens, Tribalism and the New World Disorder. by Matthew Horsman and Andrew Marshall. HarperCollins, 1995.



"What are the political and economic forces for change worldwide, and who will address and manage that change? Does the nation-state still have a role? This book attempts to answer these questions. The authors trace the birth of the nation-state, its swift rise, and its expansion from Europe to the new nations of America, Asia and Africa. They argue that the nation-state has now reached a point of crisis as a form of political, economic and social organization, with the result that the world is likely to experience a period of growing tensions and instability. Whilst a limited control will be retained over more local issues, in other areas control will have to be forfeited. Consequently, nationalism and tribalism will find themselves in competition - this is bound to affect the relationship of citizens to states, and hence the character of nationalism itself. Drawing on an analysis of the nation-state and its past and future rivals, this book argues that the time has come for a reappraisal of the nation-state's role. It concludes that the 21st century will be about running capitalism and managing tribalism - the tension between the two will be the hallmark of international politics in the decades to come."