Plurinational Democracy: Stateless Nations in a Post-Sovereignty Era

Paperback | March 15, 2005

byMichael Keating

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Transnational integration and other challenges to the nation-state have deprived it of its mystique and broken the automatic link between state and nation. This has encouraged the revival of stateless nationalisms, but also provided new means for their accommodation. The author argues thatthese changes call for a radical rethinking of the nature of sovereignty and of the state itself to meet the twin challenges of recognition of nationality and of democracy. Drawing on the experience of four plurinational states - United Kingdom, Spain, Belgium, and Canada - and of the EuropeanUnion, he analyses the challenges of plurinationalism and its recognition.Keating argues that we are not moving to a world without states, but to a complex political order with multiple sites of sovereign authority, and asymmetrical constitutional arrangements. This political order is new but at the same time old, as traditions of diffused authority and sharedsovereignty, from before the rise of the nation-state, are rediscovered and rehabilitated. Democracy can no longer be confined to the framework of the nation-state but must extend to the new political spaces which are emerging above and below the state. Political movements and public opinion in thestateless nations are increasingly embracing these ideas and are the harbingers of a post-sovereign political order.

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Transnational integration and other challenges to the nation-state have deprived it of its mystique and broken the automatic link between state and nation. This has encouraged the revival of stateless nationalisms, but also provided new means for their accommodation. The author argues thatthese changes call for a radical rethinking of ...

Michael Keating is at Professor of Regional Studies, European University Institute, and Professor of Scottish Politics, University of Aberdeen.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:212 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.53 inPublished:March 15, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199275343

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Table of Contents

1. Nations and Sovereignty2. In Search of the Ancient Constitution: Historiography of the Nation3. What do the Nations Want? Nationalist Aspirations and Transnational Integration4. Asymmetrical Government and the Plurinational State5. Beyond Sovereignty: Nations in the European Commonwealth6. Plurinational DemocracyReferencesOpinion Poll Data

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`Review from previous edition Keating's methodology is impressively eclectic and the range of issues he discusses is wide ... major insights into the impulses which generate demands for regionalism.'Regional and Federal Studies