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Empire Strikes Back:

Will the nation state survive?

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David Aaronovitch, Phillip Blond, David Marquand, Zoe Williams. Rana Mitter hosts.

Momentous decisions are increasingly driven not by national governments but by global or regional alliances. Are we witnessing the passing of the nation-state? Or are these new alliances as fragile and transient as the peace they are intended to maintain?

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Times columnist David Aaronovitch, Oxford political theorist and former Labour politician David Marquand, Guardian columnist Zoe Williams and ResPublica director Phillip Blond question the new world order

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    Is empire back?
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    Empire and identity
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Kosh on 24/01/2013 1:41pm

Globalisation inevitably leads to the a shift in the reigns of power. Organisations like the EU need exist in accordance with a world populated by multination corporations and worldwide trade. The nation state is not forgotten, but simply exists in a larger marketplace.

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