Nationalism and Social Policy: The Politics of Territorial Solidarity

Paperback | September 11, 2010

byDaniel Beland, Andre Lecours

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Despite the recent proliferation of literature on nationalism and on social policy, relatively little has been written to analyse the possible interaction between the two. Scholars interested in social citizenship have indirectly dealt with the interaction between national identity and socialprograms such as the British NHS, but they have seldom examined this connection in reference to nationalism. Specialists of nationalism rarely mention social policy, focusing instead on language, culture, ethnicity, and religion. The main objective of this book is to explore the nature of theconnection between nationalism and social policy from a comparative and historical perspective. At the theoretical level, this analysis will shed new light on a more general issue: the relationships between identity formation, territorial politics, and social policy. Although this book refers to the experience of many different countries, the main cases are three multinational states, that is, states featuring strong nationalist movements: Canada (Quebec), the United Kingdom (Scotland), and Belgium (Flanders). The book looks at the interplay between nationalismand social policy at both the state and sub-state levels through a detailed comparison between these three cases. In its concluding chapter, the book brings in cases of mono-national states (i.e. France, Germany, Sweden, and the United States) to provide broader comparative insight on the meshing ofnationalism and social policy. The original theoretical framework for this research is built using insight from selected scholarship on nationalism and on the welfare state.

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Despite the recent proliferation of literature on nationalism and on social policy, relatively little has been written to analyse the possible interaction between the two. Scholars interested in social citizenship have indirectly dealt with the interaction between national identity and socialprograms such as the British NHS, but they h...

Daniel Beland is a Professor of Public Policy and Sociology at the University of Saskatchewan (Canada). He has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University and The University of Chicago, a Fulbright Scholar at The George Washington University, and a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center. A political sociologist analyzing...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pagesPublished:September 11, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199546851

ISBN - 13:9780199546855

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Understanding the Nationalism-Social Policy Nexus2. Canada: Nationalism, Federalism, and Social Policy3. The United Kingdom: Nationalism, Devolution, and Social Policy4. Belgium: Nationalism, State Reform, and the Federalisation DebateConclusion