"Who Needs the Nation-State?" ~~~
Abstract: The nation state has long been under attack from liberal economists and cosmopolitan ethicists alike. But it has proved remarkably resilient, and remains the principal locus of governance as well as the primary determinant of personal attachments and identity. The global financial crisis has further underscored its centrality. Against the background of the globalization revolution, the tendency is to view the nation state as a hindrance to the achievement of desirable economic and social outcomes. Yet it remains indispensable to the achievement of those goals.Dani Rodrik is the Rafiq Hariri Professor of International Political Economy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He has published widely in the areas of international economics, economic development, and political economy. His research focuses on what constitutes good economic policy and why some governments are better than others in adopting it. Note the date change (from May 17 to May 24). This event is scheduled for 5:30.