Nation-state and European Union

Katy Hayward

in Irish Nationalism and European Integration

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780719072789
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702369 | DOI:
Nation-state and European Union

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This chapter examines the theoretical basis for the application of the triform model — identity, borders, and governance — to the nation-state and the European Union (EU). It considers theories of nationalism and European integration and sets out a constructivist/modernist conception of official nationalism and nation-statehood, which traditionally frames a political system in a triform model of ‘nation’, ‘territory’ and ‘state’. It also discusses the significance of national governmental elites and their official discourse in the process of European integration. Moreover, it shows how the identity, borders, and governance of the EU may be broadly conceptualised as ‘community’, ‘space’ and ‘polity’. Finally, the chapter outlines a symbiotic theory of the relationship between the EU and nation-statehood. The use of the term ‘symbiosis’ captures the image of the nation-state and the EU as two different entities living in close association to their mutual benefit.

Keywords: identity; borders; governance; nation-state; European Union; nationalism; European integration; nation-statehood; elites; community

Chapter.  9546 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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