2 Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies 45 (1994)
Professor Delbriick begins his article by briefly discussing the
history and development of the nation-state, and then examines how
changes in the political and social environment, often international
and cross-cultural in nature, have altered the traditional notion of
the nation-state. He argues that the modern form of the State
should be based on the concept of the "Open Republic, " rather than
on that of the traditional closed, self-centered, and self-reliant
nation-state. Professor Delbriick demands that his concept of an
"Open Republic" first be grounded in the form of a republican
State-a constitutional government involving the democratic
participation of all citizens and a "marketplace of ideas." He
focuses on a republic geared in nature and character toward an
"openness" to accepting and assimilating citizens of different
ethnic, religious, or cultural backgrounds, with equal rights for
those diverse citizens. He concludes that such an "Open Republic"
is suited to preserving a national public interest, while at the same
time meeting the global challenges of the present and future.
"Global Migration - Immigration - Multiethnicity: Challenges to the Concept of the Nation-State,"
Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies:
1, Article 5.
Available at: http://www.repository.law.indiana.edu/ijgls/vol2/iss1/5