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Political Loyalty and the Nation-State

1st Edition

Edited by Andrew Linklater, Michael Waller


256 pages

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Political Loyalty and the Nation-State examines the gradual weakening of the state's ability to order the political allegiances of its subjects. At the focal centre of the book lies the question of the extent to which it is possible to invest political principles, such as the rules and procedures of democracy, with a sentiment of loyalty and whether political loyalty can become merely a matter of choice and personal responsibility. The authors consider theoretical issues, problems of loyalty arising from population movement and case studies of conflicts of loyalty from Italy, Northern Ireland, and Russia. It is shown that loyalty can become decoupled from state, territory and nation; that loyalties can be multiple; and that today's loyalties reflect advanced attitudes towards difference.

Table of Contents

Part I: Rethinking National Loyalty

Part II: Competing Loyalties, Minorities, Supranational Bodies and the State

Part III: Conflicting Loyalties in the State

About the Editors

Michael Waller is Professor Emeritus of European Politics at Keele University. Andrew Linklater is Woodrow Wilson Professor of International Politics at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in International Relations and Global Politics

International relations is a rapidly changing area of research, reacting to and anticipating an ever more integrated and globalised world. This series aims to publish the best new work in the field of international relations, and of politics more generally. Books in the series challenge existing empirical and normative theories, and advance new paradigms as well as presenting significant new research.

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