Is the Nation-State Still a Thing? Joseph Grieco on NPR

Thursday, May 3, 2018
Is the Nation-State Still a Thing? Joseph Grieco on NPR

In the middle of a landmass in the Northern Hemisphere bordered by oceans, people call themselves Americans. According to both their own laws and broader international ones, they are members of a group known as a nation-state – in this case the United States of America.

The idea is the group shares common values, participates in a shared economic system and more or less agrees that its leader represents the group in international negotiations. But when did the concept of a nation-state first emerge? And is the political model on its way out? Host Frank Stasio speaks with experts about the past, present and future of the nation-state.

Joseph Grieco, professor of political science at Duke University, sets up the historical foundation of the state and explains how states derive their power.

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