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Great Empires, Small Nations
The Uncertain Future of the Sovereign State




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ISBN 9780415437752
Published August 24, 2007 by Routledge
128 Pages

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'Colomer's book is a stimulating read, certainly for anyone willing to entertain nonconventional observations that hold up well in what is happening in the world. His most important argument is that global public services, such as security, a trading system, an international monetary regime, and communication networks provided by large democratic entities such as the United States and the European Union provide opportunities for small countries and regions to prosper. The successful smaller units – like Ireland or Catalonia – trade more in proportion to their economies than large ones, are generally more democratic, and have more multilingual populations. I expect this book to be widely read and greatly admired.’  Sidney Weintraub, William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy, Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Washington DC, USA

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Imperial Opportunity for Small Nations  Part 1: Empires, States and Nations  1. Great Empires  2. Sovereign States  3. Small Nations  4. Nation Building and Deconstructing  Part 2: Broad Alliances, Small Governments  5. Military Alliances  6. Market Agreements  7. Linguas Francas  8. Small Democracies  Part 3: The European Empire  9. Unity in Diversity  10. Self-Government a la Carte  11. A Case of a Failing Nation-State  12. Multilevel Democracy  Conclusion: After Sovereignties

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Biography

Josep M. Colomer is a member by election of the Academia Europaea and life member of the American Political Science Association. He is currently a Research Professor at the CSIC and the Pompeu Fabra University (in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, Europe).

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'Colomer's book is a stimulating read, certainly for anyone willing to entertain nonconventional observations that hold up well on what is happening in the world. His most important argument is that global public services, such as security, a trading system, an international monetary regime, and communication networks provided by large democratic entities such as the United States and the European Union provide opportunities for small countries and regions to prosper. The successful smaller units --like Ireland or Catalonia-- trade more in proportion to their economies than large ones, are generally more democratic, and have more multilingual populations. I expect this book to be widely read and greatly admired.' - Sidney Weintraub, William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington DC, USA.

'Great Empires, Small Nations is an original and persuasive book. Colomer looks beyond nation-states and discovers the world that does not resemble the Westphalian paradigm. The book makes an important contribution to our understanding of international politics, especially in Europe.' - Jan Zielonka, Professor of European Politics and Ralf Dahrendorf Fellow, University of Oxford, UK. 

'This book strengthens intellectually what practice shows: that the small nations not only are viable as identities, societies and economies, but can attain excellent performance. This is on provision that they do not confine themselves, but rather participate in great political and economic spaces. Besides its intellectual quality, this book has another great merit: it opens gates to hope, something we need in Catalonia now. And it does it with solid and consistent arguments, that is, with rationality, some of which it is also convenient for us to have.' - Jordi Pujol, President of Catalonia (1980-2003) and President of the Assembly of European Regions (1992-96)