The Nation-State System
With David Scott
Self-determination and sovereignty are among the leading paradigms that have fostered the emergence of the current nation-state system. However, these promises have proven to be twofold and were never fully realized in a large number of nation-states. The momentum marked by the Bandung Conference (1955) and the emerging Non-Aligned Movement was quickly lost to the hegemonic normalization of the nation-state. Looking at these normative formations today, David Scott takes on the task of thinking beyond the given frame: departing from the history of the narrative of self-determination, where does this leave room for political agency?