Solidarism or Pluralism? Political Ideas of the American Union and the European Union

Robert Jackson
Content Type
Working Paper
Centre for International Peace and Security Studies
Writing in the late 18th century Edmund Burke characterized the British East India Company as "a state disguised as a merchant." What, in these terms, is the United States? Is it an empire disguised as a republic dis guised as a democracy? What is Canada? Is it an international system disguised as a confederation disguised as a federation? What, finally, is the European Union? It is somewhat ambiguous. But I shall argue that it is an international organization thinly disguised as a political community.
International Relations, International Organization, Political Theory
Political Geography
United States, America, Europe