Nationalism and Democracy: Dichotomies, Complementarities, Oppositions

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-03-12
  • Publisher: Routledge

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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

Notes on contributorsp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xii
Theoretical and conceptual discussionp. 1
Introduction: tensions and paradoxes of a multifaceted relationshipp. 3
Multiculturafism, ethnicity, and the nation-state: ideology, identity, and policyp. 16
Ethnonational state definition and liberal democratic practices: beyond "neutrality" in deeply divided societiesp. 38
National self-determination and democracyp. 52
Competing national identities and democratization: a theoretical and comparative analysisp. 80
Case studiesp. 101
Making and unmaking democratic opportunities in nationalist mobilization: a comparative analysis of the MLNV (Basque Country) and the BNG (Galicia)p. 103
Xenophobic parties and the making of exclusionary etatized nationalism: cases from Western and Eastern Europep. 128
Democratization in the post-Soviet countries of Eastern Europe and "nationalizing" politicsp. 149
Political and national identity in Russian political discoursep. 170
Escalating minority claims: the Arab "vision documents" of 2006-2007 in Israelp. 184
'One Zambia, one nation', many groups: state nationalism as a constraint on ethnopolitics and a facilitator of democratizationp. 208
Unionism and pan-nationalism: exploring the dialectical relationship between minority and majority sub-state nationalismp. 230
A consociational democracy or Anglo-Irish conflict management? The St Andrews Agreement and the political accommodation of Irish nationalismp. 247
Conclusionsp. 262
Indexp. 266
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