ERIC Number: ED257704
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
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The Feasibility of World Government: A Research Assignment for the Social Sciences.
Solutions to the problems associated with the establishment of a world government offer opportunities for empirical research and informed reflection. A world government of some kind will very likely supersede the existing international order within the next few decades. Only two possible forms of world government currently appear to be possible: (1) a world empire, established by conquest, or (2) a world federation, established by the agreement of sovereign states. Of these two, the world empire is perhaps more probable. The fascinating problem of world government has been largely ignored by social scientists. This neglect may be attributed to several factors. For example, daily policies of most of the world's existing states are not by any means directed toward the eventual surrender of their sovereign powers. As soon as we begin to take seriously the possibility that a world government might be established, many typical research questions arise. Possible topics include the extent to which diverse politics can be accommodated within a sovereign federation, methods for resolving succession in the component states of a sovereign federation, and methods for changing the constitutions of component states in a sovereign federation and determining the necessary minimum powers of a sovereign federation. (RM)
Descriptors: Global Approach, Higher Education, International Cooperation, Nuclear Warfare, Peace, Research Needs, Research Opportunities, Social Sciences, Student Research, World Affairs, World Problems
Theodore Caplow, Dept. of Sociology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22903 (free).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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