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