Why a World State is Inevitable

  title={Why a World State is Inevitable},
  author={Alexander Wendt},
  journal={European Journal of International Relations},
  pages={491 - 542}
  • Alexander Wendt
  • Published 2003
  • Sociology
  • European Journal of International Relations
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