Chapter

Introduction

Joseph M. Parent

in Uniting States

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199782192
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919147 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199782192.003.0001
Introduction

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This chapter asks the book’s central question: what causes state to politically unify voluntarily? It defines the concept of voluntary political unions and what cases fit this scope. Unification between equals is rare, but it illuminates how states can pass from anarchy to hierarchy with minimal violence. The plan of the book is also laid out.

Keywords: anarchy; hierarchy; voluntary; union; political integration; federalism; confederalism

Chapter.  1523 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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