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Uniting States: Voluntary Union in World Politics

Joseph Parent


What causes states to politically unify voluntarily? The answers are urgent for states seeking stability and peaceful change with their neighbors. If realists are right, voluntary union should never happen. States value their sovereignty supremely and would never give it up without a fight. Yet the United States and Switzerland are glaring exceptions to this view. If liberals and constructivists are right, voluntary unions should be much more common. Classic determinants of integration, like trade and communication, are stronger than they have ever been. Yet the number of states in the world c ... More

Keywords: realism, federalism, peaceful change, political integration, unification, union, anarchy, hierarchy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199782192
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199782192.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph Parent, author
University of Miami