Stability without Statehood: Lessons from Europe’s History by Peter Haldén (auth.)

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This is necessary to counter the tendency to read republicanism through the lens of the state which reduces it to a theory of devolved powers within a unitary state rather than recognizing it as a radical alternative. Republicanism was not only a way of conceptualizing the units of politics and their relations. It was a normative prescription of political orders, stability and security based on a view of social order as consisting of units that are variably intertwined, enmeshed and embedded with each other.

Economic, military or natural resources). Hence it is the scope of or right to action which is a concept distinct from the classical formulation of liberty (Skinner 1998: 114 note 22). Primarily “autonomous agency” refers to the agency of the individual members of the republic. g. courts, assemblies Remedies: The Neglected Heritage of Republicanism 41 or bureaucratic agencies. In a compound republic autonomous action is also safeguarded by common institutions or agreements defining its scope and by the fact that the capacity for organized violence remains with the members.

In this way the problem of classification and the concomitant difficulties of capturing the unique traits of entities that are neither “state” nor “system of state” are countered. “Form” derives from Elias’ (1978) concept of “figuration” and is the arrangement of institutions from which rules and hence ruleguided actions stem. The composition of the institutions determines relations between its component parts, which I will call its members. I will use “composition” when talking about institutions within a system and “configuration” when talking about the members of a form of rule.

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