Stability without Statehood: Lessons from Europe's History by P. Haldén

By P. Haldén

This e-book reinterprets the european utilizing classical and early smooth republican political conception. Bypassing the geographical region, it provides a brand new thought of the construction, switch and dying of companies in global politics. It additionally argues that the country is a tricky option to 'state-failure' and explores substitute republican commonwealths.

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Liberty in the republican tradition stems from the conception that the members of the republic hold natural rights by grace of God, custom, contract or other inviolable principles. This idea has survived in the idea of popular sovereignty where the sovereignty of nations stems from the idea of the population’s inalienable right to self-rule. Like all forms of rule, republics are characterized by a tension between rights and duties (Skinner 1984: 208–218 esp. 218). Regardless, the emphasis on negative liberty is a trait that unites the HRE and the EU when compared with other kinds of polities as well as with other republics.

I will show that a republican political theory, fortified by the neglected European sources, has a much broader application as a way of understanding the historical and contemporary cases of this book. What we now call republicanism is a heritage that stretches from classical antiquity, with Aristotle, Sallust, Polybius and Cicero as the major thinkers, over the Renaissance with Machiavelli, and Giacchardini as the major names to the early modern period (c. 1500–1800) with thinkers like Althusius, Leibniz, Christian Wolff, Montesquieu, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson.

Modern liberal thought, similarly based on the spectrum from state to system of states, envisions relations of trade, mutual recognition of peaceful intentions and internal institutional and cultural commonality as democracies as efficiently spreading peace (Kant 1949: 123, Doyle 1996). indd 38 5/2/2011 6:54:20 PM Remedies: The Neglected Heritage of Republicanism 39 well as between the members and the centre and emphasize the need to create institutions to manage this situation. Operationalizing republican political theory for the purposes of this book requires recourse to ideal types.

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