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The Politics of State Formation: Statehood as an Expression of Power

Ajonye, Ruth (2009)
Human Rights Studies
Abstract
The purpose of this paper is to examine the ways in which power not only manifests itself in the

politics of statehood, but also defines what it is to be a state. The role of power can either be

supportive or marginalising in relation to an entity's claim to statehood. Moreover, power in itself

can be identified in various forms and facets. What forms of power catalyse state formation, and

what is the effect of the exercise of power on those aspiring to attain statehood? The role of

nationhood in state formation is also addressed, as it can be deemed as a source of legitimacy and

thus, power. These issues will be addressed in the context of the case studies of Israel-Palestine,

Taiwan, and Kosovo. Palestine and Taiwan both exemplify... (More)
The purpose of this paper is to examine the ways in which power not only manifests itself in the

politics of statehood, but also defines what it is to be a state. The role of power can either be

supportive or marginalising in relation to an entity's claim to statehood. Moreover, power in itself

can be identified in various forms and facets. What forms of power catalyse state formation, and

what is the effect of the exercise of power on those aspiring to attain statehood? The role of

nationhood in state formation is also addressed, as it can be deemed as a source of legitimacy and

thus, power. These issues will be addressed in the context of the case studies of Israel-Palestine,

Taiwan, and Kosovo. Palestine and Taiwan both exemplify how difficult it is to attain statehood

in the face of an opposition armed with power, while Kosovo illuminates how the role external

support (a loan of power) may buoy one's claims to statehood. Consequently, power appears to

have a bearing effect on the achievement and definition of statehood. (Less)
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author
Ajonye, Ruth
supervisor
organization
year
type
L2 - 2nd term paper (old degree order)
subject
keywords
statehood, nationhood, power, legitimacy., Human rights, Mänskliga rättigheter, Political and administrative sciences, Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap
language
English
id
1316404
date added to LUP
2009-01-08
date last changed
2014-09-04 08:27:48
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  abstract     = {The purpose of this paper is to examine the ways in which power not only manifests itself in the

politics of statehood, but also defines what it is to be a state. The role of power can either be

supportive or marginalising in relation to an entity's claim to statehood. Moreover, power in itself

can be identified in various forms and facets. What forms of power catalyse state formation, and

what is the effect of the exercise of power on those aspiring to attain statehood? The role of

nationhood in state formation is also addressed, as it can be deemed as a source of legitimacy and

thus, power. These issues will be addressed in the context of the case studies of Israel-Palestine,

Taiwan, and Kosovo. Palestine and Taiwan both exemplify how difficult it is to attain statehood

in the face of an opposition armed with power, while Kosovo illuminates how the role external

support (a loan of power) may buoy one's claims to statehood. Consequently, power appears to

have a bearing effect on the achievement and definition of statehood.},
  author       = {Ajonye, Ruth},
  keyword      = {statehood,nationhood,power,legitimacy.,Human rights,Mänskliga rättigheter,Political and administrative sciences,Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The Politics of State Formation: Statehood as an Expression of Power},
  year         = {2009},
}