عنوان مقاله [English]
While discussions of the state and its structure continue to remain at the heart of political science’s themes, there are certain debates on the decline of nation-states. The paper’s main question includes whether the Westphalia state, which has passed the stages of its development, has come to an end, or we witness another stage in evolution of this political pattern. Considering the roots of nation-states’ developments, the author seeks to reconsider structural transformations of states in three dimensions of concept, structure and political theory. On this basis, we see shift in the organic concept of state to a mechanical one, then change in the structure of large state to small state and finally, we witness shift in maximal theories of state into minimal theories of state. The last part of the paper addresses structural challenges ahead of nation-states.