World Polity Matters

  title={World Polity Matters},
  author={Xue Li and Alexander Hicks},
  journal={American Sociological Review},
  pages={596 - 607}
  • Xue Li, A. Hicks
  • Published 25 April 2016
  • Sociology
  • American Sociological Review
Did the nation-state spread due to global diffusion? Wimmer and Feinstein’s 2010 ASR article concludes that there are no “world polity” influences on the rise of the nation-state; rather, the spread of the nation-state was driven by proximate and contextual political factors situated at the local and regional levels, in line with historical institutionalist arguments. Here, after arguing that Wimmer and Feinstein misspecify the historical domain of the world polity theory, we reanalyze their… 

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