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Irish Nationalism and European IntegrationThe Official Redefinition of the Island of Ireland$
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Katy Hayward

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780719072789

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719072789.001.0001

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Nation-state and European Union

Nation-state and European Union

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Irish Nationalism and European Integration

Katy Hayward

Manchester University Press

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

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