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Stability without Statehood: Lessons from Europe’s History by Peter Haldén (auth.)

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As such they are instantiations of performative speech acts. The non-reified nature of these systems give actors a certain choice between different systems and the possibility to alter old ones or to create new ones by reinterpreting institutions and thus rearranging their place in systemic contexts. In other words, in some situations actors find themselves choosing between parallel forms of rule and hence identities and sets of rules. Below I will analyse this kind of relation between the Holy Roman Empire and the European statessystem and between the European Union, the international system and the Atlantic system.

E. external or civil war. The prospects of the material survival of a form of rule are to a certain extent dependent on the way that its institutions regulate action. This connection is expressed in how actor-properties are created. First I will consider the positive effects of a highly developed actor capability and then the negative ones. The possibilities for action of the members of a system as well as for the system as a whole can determine its prospects for material survival in relation to other systems.

In the former kind, relations between members and the centre as well as between members are regulated by the central institutions. Elias argued that central organs have “the role as supreme co- ordinator and regulator for the functionally differentiated figuration at large” (Elias 1982: 163). However, central organs or centres should not be confused with the specific role of the central capacities of the modern state. What the central institutions regulate and the power with which they do so differ between different forms of rule.

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