Nationalism and globalization: Challenging assumptions

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This article challenges a set of common assumptions and misconceptions about nationalism and globalization. First, nationalism and globalization are historically entwined and reinforcing processes, and not fundamentally opposed to each other. Second—and closely related—the modern nation-state is premised on interdependence of economic and political forms of power, not their opposition. Third, nation-states are highly variable in their powers, resources, and alignments, and form an evolving system, making it difficult to say anything sensible about the “fate of the nation-state” in the abstract. Fourth, the variable composition of national identities and cultures is considerably more complex than a dichotomy between “ethnic” and “civic” types might suggest. Together, these arguments point toward the continuing need for an understanding of global processes as an outcome of the negotiation of powers between nation-states, not as autonomous shaping forces over and above nation-states.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1
Pages (from-to)5-11
Number of pages7
JournalThe SAIS Review of International Affairs
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2015

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • nationalism
  • globalization
  • international studies


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