An Extending Empire of Governance: The EU in Comparison to Empires Past and Present

  • Robert Imre
Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology book series (PSEPS)


In discussing the development of multinational territorial co-operation, a fundamental political question involves types of empire. There is no doubt that the EU is an empire in the sense that it rules over a particular political territory and has expanded that territory rapidly over the past few decades (Waever 1997; Zielonka 2006). This also means that questions of political sovereignty involve much more complex issues than simply having sovereignty or lacking it, as multiple types of political arrangement exist in the modern period. Here, I assume that the EU is an empire of a specific kind, and that this kind of empire, like those before it, reflects the times in which we live.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Imre
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  1. 1.Newcastle Business SchoolUniversity of NewcastleCallaghanAustralia
  2. 2.Institute of Advanced Social ResearchUniversity of TampereTampereFinland

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