Hiram College


This presentation, The World State Debate, is part of the Garfield Institute for Public Leadership’s Seminar Series.

A world state, by definition, is the notion of a single common political authority for all of humanity. It refers to a military, executive, legislature, judiciary and/or constitution, with jurisdiction over the entire planet. No such authority currently exists.

Wendt, professor of international security and political science at The Ohio State University, is a leading scholar on the inevitability of a world state. He published the book “Social Theory of International Politics” in 1999, and he has written several articles on the topic, including “Why a World State is Inevitable.”

Burns, a professor of political science at Baylor University in Texas, who has researched political philosophy, classic and modern political thought, politics and literature and Shakespeare’s political thought, will take the opposing side, arguing that a world state is not inevitable. He published the book “Shakespeare’s Political Wisdom” in 2013 and has written several other publications.

The Garfield Institute for Public Leadership’s Seminar Series brings to campus persons whose own responsible leadership enables them to clarify issues of public policy and provide opportunities for students to network and interact. Students of all majors selected as Garfield Scholars research topics for the seminar series and have the unique opportunity to interact with the scholars.

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