Nation states, ideological power and globalisation: can geographers catch the boat?

Martin Russell Jones, Rhys Alwyn Jones

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After a period of considerable and sustained hegemony, many commentators have argued that contemporary processes of globalisation are acting as a challenge to nation state sovereignty. The paper argues that geographers need to focus on the ways in which the nation state continues to act, albeit in a modified manner, within the era of globalisation. This might help to position geography within globalisation debates, which––according to Dicken [Geographers and `globalization': (yet) another missed boat? forthcoming, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 2004]––we have not been centrally involved in. Drawing on the work of Michael Mann, we focus on a neglected dimension of state power––namely, its ideological form––as a means of exploring how the nation state is being differentially re-engineered under globalisation. Using Mann's classification of forms of ideological organisation, we deploy three vignettes in order to demonstrate the evolving nature of ideological power within the contemporary UK State.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)409-424
Number of pages16
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2004


  • national state
  • state power
  • ideological power
  • globalisation
  • uk


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