In the late 1990s, many scientists assumed that the state is losing in sovereignty in face of an accelerating globalisation. David Held et al. (1999), for example, argue that the state is now a “decision taker” instead of a “decision maker.” In a similar vein, the German sociologist Habermas (1998) claims that through globalization and world financial markets, states lose control of social, economic and fiscal policies. Similarly, in foreign policy, state sovereignty is declining as international organizations and international human rights norms gain in importance. While this might be true in the area of economic and financial policies or foreign policy, we might actually witness variance in levels of state sovereignty in different functional policy areas. After the terror attacks of September 11, in the Western democracies, there is a revival of the state in the policy area of internal security policies. The aim of this study is to determine if the challenge of terrorism is indeed reviving the state. In order to answer this research question, a comparative analysis of the states of Israel and Germany is conducted.

Terrorism and the Revival of the State. A comparative study of Israel and Germany

KAMEL, LORENZO
2010

Abstract

In the late 1990s, many scientists assumed that the state is losing in sovereignty in face of an accelerating globalisation. David Held et al. (1999), for example, argue that the state is now a “decision taker” instead of a “decision maker.” In a similar vein, the German sociologist Habermas (1998) claims that through globalization and world financial markets, states lose control of social, economic and fiscal policies. Similarly, in foreign policy, state sovereignty is declining as international organizations and international human rights norms gain in importance. While this might be true in the area of economic and financial policies or foreign policy, we might actually witness variance in levels of state sovereignty in different functional policy areas. After the terror attacks of September 11, in the Western democracies, there is a revival of the state in the policy area of internal security policies. The aim of this study is to determine if the challenge of terrorism is indeed reviving the state. In order to answer this research question, a comparative analysis of the states of Israel and Germany is conducted.
L. Kamel
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