Sovereignty, the Nation-State, and Integration History

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Sovereignty, the Nation-State, and Integration History

In the context of the Eurozone crisis, few countries have experienced the changing nature of sovereignty more acutely than Ireland. But these acute transformations should not obscure for us how, in the context of European integration over the last half-century, the transformation of sovereignty has also been a chronic phenomenon. This process began well before Ireland's accession in 1973 and has certainly continued ever since. This paper asserts that the changing nature of national sovereignty in relation to European integration is in fact a 'new dimension to an old problem', albeit one with a peculiar, supranational dimension.