National Borders and the Size of Nations

Enrico Spolaore

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Economy

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548477
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

National Borders and the Size of Nations

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This article provides a brief review of some ideas and results from the political economy literature on the size of nations. It determines the benefits and costs of national size, and then presents a simple analytical framework for understanding several basic issues about the formation and break-up of nations. Compensations, redistribution, income inequality, borders, and conflict between nations are some of the topics that are also covered in this article.

Keywords: political economy; literature; size of nations; national borders; national size; formation; break-up; compensations; income inequality; conflict

Article.  9629 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Comparative Politics ; Political Economy

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