chapter  4
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States of flux: international politics

One of the great paradoxes that any analysis of globalization must unravel is that the institutionalization of the nation-state is an integral and necessary element in its development. After all, the nation-state might be thought to be the chief victim of globalization, the source of territorial integrity, juridical sovereignty, cultural peculiarity, economic self-sufficiency and military aggrandisement and self-defence. Indeed, many would argue that the persistence of the state with its formal sovereign rights, and the clamour of local nationalities for states of their own is compelling evidence that claims about the march of globalization are, at best, overstated and, at worst, ideological.