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Nationalism and Democracy
Dichotomies, Complementarities, Oppositions

ISBN 9780415559157
Published March 12, 2010 by Routledge
288 Pages

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Book Description

This book sheds light on the complicated, multi-faceted relationship between nationalism and democracy by examining how nationalism in various periods and contexts shapes, or is shaped by, democratic practices or the lack thereof. This book examines nationalism’s relationship with democracy using three approaches:

  • The challenge of democracy for sub-state nationalism: analyzing the circumstances under which sub-state nationalism is compatible with democracy, and assessing the democratic implications of various nationalist projects.

  • The impact of state nationalism on democratic practices: examining the implications of state nationalism for democracy, both in countries where liberal democratic principles and practices are well-established and where they are not.

  • Understanding how state nationalism affects democratization processes and what impact sub-state nationalism has in these contexts.

Featuring a range of case studies on Western, Eastern and Central Europe, Russia, African and the Middle East, this book will be of interest to students and scholars of political science, sociology, nationalism and democracy.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Theoretical and Conceptual Discussion  1. Introduction: Tensions and Paradoxes of a Multi-Faceted Relationship  2. Multiculturalism, Ethnicity, and the Nation-State: Ideology, Identity, and Policy  3. Ethno-National State Definition and Liberal Democratic Practices: Beyond ‘Neutrality’ in Deeply Divided Societies  4. National Self-Determination and Democracy  5. Competing National Identities and Democratization. A Theoretical and Comparative Analysis  Part 2: Case Studies  6. Making and Unmaking Democratic Opportunities in Nationalist Mobilization: A Comparative Analysis of the MLNV (Basque Country) and the BNG (Galicia)  7. Xenophobic Parties and the Making of Exclusionary Etatized Nationalism: Cases from Western and Eastern Europe  8. Democratization in the Post-Soviet Countries of Eastern Europe and ‘Nationalizing’ Politics  9. Political and National Identity in Russian Political Discourse  10. Escalating Minority Claims: The Arab ‘Visionary Documents 2006-7’ in Israel  11. ‘One Zambia, one nation’, Many Groups: State Nationalism as a Constraint on Ethnopolitics and a Facilitator of Democratization  12. Unionism and Pan-Nationalism: Exploring the Dialectical Relationship between Minority and Majority Sub-State Nationalism  13. A Consociational Democracy or Anglo-Irish Conflict Management?: The St Andrews Agreement and the Political Accommodation of Irish Nationalism

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André Lecours

(Ed.) New Institutionalism. Theory and Analysis, University of Toronto Press in 2005

(eds.) Dominant Nationalism, Dominant Ethnicity. Identity, Federalism and Democracy (Brussels: Peter Lang, 2009) (with Geneviève Nootens).

Nationalism and Social Policy. The Politics of Territorial Solidarity (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008) (with Daniel Béland).

(eds.) Les nationalismes majoritaires contemporains: identité, mémoire, pouvoir (Montréal: Québec Amérique, 2007) (with Alain-G. Gagnon and Geneviève Nootens).

Basque Nationalism and the Spanish State (Reno: University of Nevada Press, 2007).

Luis Moreno

Moreno, Luis (2001), The Federalization of Spain. London / Portland, OR: Frank Cass/Routledge (ISBN: 0-7146-5138-9).

McEwen, Nicola y Moreno, Luis (eds.) (2005), The Territorial Politics of Welfare. London, New York: Routledge (ISBN: 0-415-36319-5).

He is a Board member of the Research Committee on ‘Politics and Ethnicity’ of the International Political Science Association (IPSA).