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Structuring the State The Formation of Italy and Germany and the Puzzle of Federalism

ISBN-10: 0691136491
ISBN-13: 9780691136493
Edition: 2006
Authors: Daniel Ziblatt
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 2/10/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

Germany's and Italy's belated national unifications continue to loom large in contemporary debates. Often regarded as Europe's paradigmatic instances of failed modernization, the two countries form the basis of many of our most prized theories of social science.Structuring the Stateundertakes one of the first systematic comparisons of the two cases, putting the origins of these nation-states and the nature of European political development in new light. Daniel Ziblatt begins his analysis with a striking puzzle: Upon national unification, why was Germany formed as a federal nation-state and Italy as a unitary nation-state? He traces the diplomatic maneuverings and high political drama of national unification in nineteenth-century Germany and Italy to refute the widely accepted notion that the two states' structure stemmed exclusively from Machiavellian farsightedness on the part of militarily powerful political leaders. Instead, he demonstrates that Germany's and Italy's "founding fathers" were constrained by two very different pre-unification patterns of institutional development. In Germany, a legacy of well-developed sub-national institutions provided the key building blocks of federalism. In Italy, these institutions' absence doomed federalism. This crucial difference in the organization of local power still shapes debates about federalism in Italy and Germany today. By exposing the source of this enduring contrast,Structuring the Stateoffers a broader theory of federalism's origins that will interest scholars and students of comparative politics, state-building, international relations, and European political history.

List of Figures and Tables
Preface
Introduction: How Nation-States Are Made
The National Critical Juncture: An Overview of the Dynamics of Regionalism and National Unification
The National Moment in Germany: The Dynamics of Regionalism and National Unification, 1834-1871
The National Moment in Italy: The Dynamics of Regionalism and National Unification, 1815-1860
From Strong Regional Loyalties to a Unitary System: National Unification by Conquest and the Case of Italy
From Strong Regional Loyalties to a Federal System: National Unification by Negotiation and the Case of Germany
Conclusion: The Politics of Federalism and Institution Building in the Nineteenth Century and Beyond
Prenational German and Italian States, 1850s-1860s
Origins of Federalism Data on Seventeen Largest West European Nation-States
Notes
References
Index

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