Nikola Ilievski and Goran Ilik
Nikola Ilievski graduated at the Law Faculty, "St. Kliment Ohridski" University - Bitola in 2012, on the following theme: The ideology of European federalism. Few years later, Nikola earned his Master degree in international law, at the Law Faculty, "St. Kliment Ohridski" University - Bitola in 2015, on the following theme: The significance of the Multi-speed Europe concept as a model for political integration of the European Union. He worked as a teaching associate for Sociology of law and International Economy at the Law Faculty.

Dr. Goran Ilik is Associate Professor at Law faculty, "St. Kliment Ohridski" University - Bitola. From 2012 to 2017, Dr. Goran Ilik was elected as Member of the University Senate, and from 2013 to 2017 he served as Vice - Dean of Science. In 2017 he is elected for Dean of the Law faculty. His scientific interests encompasses: Law and politics of the EU, Human rights and liberties, European federalism, International relations etc. He is author of the books: "Europe at the crossroads: The Treaty of Lisbon as a basis of European Union international identity" and "EUtopia: the international political power of the EU in the process of ideeologization of the post-American world". Dr. Goran Ilik is co-founder of the Institute for Research and European Studies - Bitola and Editor-in-Chief of the international academic journal "Journal of Liberty and International Affairs".
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Journal of Liberty and International Affairs | Vol. 4, No. 1 | June 2018
Nikola Ilievski and Goran Ilik
The paper represents theoretical investigation into the phenomenon of decline of the state. It addresses three basic and mutually connected investigation areas, introduced in deconstruction of the state, decline of the state and alternative of the state. Primarily, theories of the origin of the state are exposed, where the state's essence is located; its function - identified and the role it has been playing observed. In following, the decline represented as a process of transfer - with the state as its main subject, is interpreted through different prisms, particularly the one of federalism, postmodernism, decentralization and libertarianism. The specific focus is laid on the process of decline of the state, following the libertarian theoretical framework. The process is determined by the decrease of the state's functions, occurring in certain period of time. Accordingly, the process is analyzed and divided into four phases, each of them identified with a certain type of state, with an exception. Ultimately, the alternative of the state is emerging as last phase and final outcome of the process of decline of the state, while introducing a new era, the one of no politics.
state, libertarianism, politics

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