An Antiquated Institution: The Socio-political Role of the Modern Sovereign Nation-state

By Christos Zagkos and Argyris Kyridis.

Published by The Global Studies Journal

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In this paper the foundational principle of modernity, the sovereignty, is challenged. In order to prove the thesis the authors challenge the military, cultural and economical sovereignty of the modern nation-state. The sovereign nation-state is unlikely to remain the main source of political authority in the future. The form of the sovereign state is already challenged by new forms of authority and community which transform the inherited divide between the national and the international. It is the contention that it will be replaced by forms of political life which do not care about this distinction and what was once followed by it.

Keywords: Sovereignty, Nation-state, Globalisation, Modernity

Global Studies Journal, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp.233-246. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 617.869KB).

Christos Zagkos

Researcher, Pedagogic School, University of Western Macedonia, Florina, Florina, Greece

Christos Zagkos was born in Patras, Greece. He studied Balkan Studies at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and he obtained a M.A. degree in International Relations and International Law at the University of Lancaster, U.K. He obtained his Ph.D. Thesis at the University of Western Macedonia in the field of Political Sociology. He has published more than twenty papers in Greek, European and American scientific journals.

Prof Argyris Kyridis

Professor of Sociology, Pedagogic School, University of Western Macedonia, Florina, Florina, Greece

Argyris Kyridis has studied Political Science and Sociology at the University of Athens. He has obtained his Ph.D in Political Sociology, Sociology of Education at the same University and an M.Sc. in Politics and Sociology at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is currently a professor at University of Western Macedonia. He has published more than twenty books in Greek and more than 120 articles in greek and international scientific journals.

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