Essay on Future Analysis of Nation State

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Future Analysis of The Nation-State System

Introduction:
It is common to hear of the threats to the nation-state system in the contemporary world. Such threats seem to originate from many different quarters, at different level of the global system. This impending sense that the nation-state is somehow in “crisis” led to analyze the question of “the contemporary crisis of the nation-state?”
But before we go into the analysis, it is important to look into the ideas that would help to understand the case, under discussion, in a better way. To begin with, let’s see the definition of nation, state and the nation-state system, according to the context under discussion.
Nation
According to the Oxford English dictionary, the word nation
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Moreover, it has frequently changed its content,its laws and even its functions during the modern period. Hugo Grotius, in his famous work De Jure Belli ac Pacis: Sovereignty is ‘that power whose acts … may not be void by the acts of other human will.’Other political theorists have, in general, given similar definitions. Oppenheim: ‘Sovereignty is supreme authority, an authority which is independent of any other earthly authority.’ Willoughby:‘Sovereignty is the supreme will of the state.’ Various writers on political theory have insisted that every legally recognized state by definition is sovereign. It is simply a reminder that just as every state is legally equal to any other, so it is legally sovereign.
But if we see the contemporary interaction of states with reference to above definition, we would definitely conclude that the concept of sovereignty has again changed. The concept of absolute sovereignty has become obsolete and has been replaced by the concept of relative sovereignty/authority and interdependence. Just as in real world, some states are bigger in size, power and influence than others just like that sovereignty of the states has become relative. It must be recognized that there are now degrees of sovereignty and self-determination. Only sovereignty left with states is legal sovereignty. Except it every other aspect of the state is relative or dependent on intrastate and interstate

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