Nationalism and Democracy

Dichotomies, Complementarities, Oppositions

Edited by André Lecours, Luis Moreno

© 2010 – Routledge

288 pages

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About the Book

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 I. Theoretical and conceptual discussion 1: Introduction: Tensions and paradoxes of a multi-faceted relationship - Luis Moreno and André Lecours 2. Multiculturalism, ethnicity, and the nation-state: Ideology, identity, and policy - William Safran 3. Ethno-national state definition and liberal democratic practices: Beyond ‘neutrality’ in deeply divided societies - Ilan Peleg 4. National self-determination and democracy - Benyamin Neuberger 5. Competing National Identities and Democratization. A Theoretical and Comparative Analysis - Enric Martínez-Herrera Part II. Case studies 6. Making and unmaking democratic opportunities in nationalist mobilization: A comparative analysis of the MLNV (Basque Country) and the BNG (Galicia) - Pedro Ibarra and Ramón Máiz 7. Xenophobic parties and the making of exclusionary etatized nationalism: Cases from Western and Eastern Europe - Ray Taras 8. Democratization in the Post-Soviet Countries of Eastern Europe and ‘Nationalizing’ Politics - Elena Meleshkina 9. Political and National Identity in Russian Political Discourse - Olga Malinova and Philipp Casula 10. Escalating Minority Claims: The Arab ‘Visionary Documents 2006-7’ in Israel - Ilana Kaufman 11. ‘One Zambia, one nation’, many groups: state nationalism as a constraint on ethnopolitics and a facilitator of democratization - James R. Scarrit 12. Unionism and Pan-Nationalism: Exploring the Dialectical Relationship between Minority and Majority Sub-State Nationalism - Allan Craigie 13. A consociational democracy or Anglo-Irish conflict management?: The St Andrews Agreement and the political accommodation of Irish nationalism - Adrian Guelke 14. Conclusions - André Lecours and Luis Moreno

About the Editors

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).

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Nationalism and Ethnicity

This  series draws attention to some of the most exciting issues in current world political debate: nation-building, autonomy and self-determination; ethnic identity, conflict and accommodation; pluralism, multiculturalism and the politics of language; ethnonationalism, irredentism and separatism; and immigration, naturalization and citizenship. The series includes monographs as well as edited volumes, and through the use of case studies and comparative analyses will bring together some of the best work to be found in the field.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
POL007000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Democracy
POL031000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Nationalism