№ 2, 2013
The article is devoted to the assessment of nation-state changing position under the crisis conditions of the present world order. Relying upon the modern interpretation of T.Hobbes’ ideas, R.Ruvinsky poses a question on whether today state is quite an efficient tool that is able to prevent society from sliding into the war of all against all. The main emphasis is placed on the dilemma regarding state usage of the emergency response measures to tackle challenges of modernity (spread of new information technologies and weapons of mass destruction, international terrorism, globalization, economic crisis). The author draws an ambiguous conclusion: noting the inefficiency of prohibitive and repressive policies, he nevertheless points to the need for nation-states to fight for sovereignty, economic independence and rule of domestic law.
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