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National-Cultural Autonomy and its Contemporary Critics

Edited By Ephraim Nimni Copyright 2005
    276 Pages
    by Routledge

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    In his seminal essay 'Staat und Nation' ('State and Nation') Karl Renner presents his model for national-cultural autonomy, with a two-tier system of government that devolves considerable non-territorial autonomy to national communities, while sustaining the administrative unity of the Multination State.

    This new book delivers the first English translation of 'State and Nation' and brings together a collection of distinguished and leading political scientists to provide a detailed and critical assessment of Renner's theory of national-cultural autonomy. From a variety of perspectives, the contributors discuss the contemporary validity of Renner's arguments paying particular attention to theories of state, liberal democracies, minority nationalism and multiculturalism, and models of regional integration.

    Making an important contribution to the literature on nationalism and national minorities, this volume is a vital research tool for students and scholars of nationalism and political theory. Readers of this volume may also be interested in the forthcoming companion volume by Ephraim Nimni, Multicultural Nationalism

    Acknowledgements Contributors Biography Introduction: National-Cultural Autonomy Revisited Chapter 1. State and Nation Chapter 2. NCA and Contemporary Theories of the State Chapter 2. Nations, States, and the Sovereign Territorial Ideal Chapter 3. Karl Renner and the Problem of Multiculturalism Chapter 4. Power-Sharing and Non-Territorial Autonomy Political Autonomy or Cultural Minority Rights? A Conceptual Critique of Renner Model Chapter 5. National Autonomy And Indigenous Sovereignty Prospects for Romani National-Cultural Autonomy Chapter 6. Renner and the Accommodation of Substate Nationalisms Chapter 7. National-Cultural Autonomy and Liberal Nationalism 'State and Nation' versus Liberal-Egalitarian Chapter 8. Territory, State and Nation in the European Union: How Relevant is Renner? Chapter 9. The Politics of Culture: The Limits of National Cultural Autonomy Conclusion: The Sovereign Predicament of Dispersed Nations


    Nimni, Ephraim

    'A thoroughly worthwhile book … serious discussion of Renner's work is long overdue in the English-speaking world … the publication of an English translation of Renner's essay would in itself be sufficient justification for this volume … Nimni does a heroic job in his introduction trying to explain the rationale and context of Renner's NCA model.' - Bruce Haddock, Cardiff University, UK