After the Nation?: Critical Reflections on Nationalism and by Shane O'Neill, Keith Breen

By Shane O'Neill, Keith Breen

Explores the ways that the geographical region and nationalism are challenged by way of modern realities. This quantity addresses changes to our knowing of nationwide sovereignty, difficulties posed by means of violent clash among rival nationwide tasks, the feasibility of postnationalist democracy and citizenship, and the talk over international justice.

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1 Consociational theory and self-determination disputes Lijphart, the pioneer of contemporary consociational theory, developed his work from a study of his native Netherlands, which he then extended to three other small Western European democracies, namely Switzerland, Austria, and Belgium, though he also considered other cases (Lijphart, 1968, 1969, 1977). His choice of case studies has been criticized. Critics have argued that the four exemplary European democratic cases were not violently divided, or not deeply divided, at least in the immediate past, and so they questioned their relevance, and that of consociational theory, for societies that are deeply divided.

6 Conclusion: the practicalities of ethnonational accommodation Even if the power of the nation-state has diminished in the contemporary world with the development of multilateral institutions such as the European Union, states remain the principal focus of institutional organization. In this context, the paradigm shift discussed here must both advance our understanding of the accommodation of nations in multination-states and, at a multilateral level, help set standards that facilitate the coherent adoption by existing states of specific measures that alleviate tensions related to the presence of diverse cultural communities within overlapping territories.

These new advances decisively overcome the limitations of earlier understandings of democratic governance. For a long time the dominant conception of nation building was that stable democracies could not be maintained in the face of cultural diversity (Gagnon, 2001). The best known and most influential articulation of this idea was John Stuart Mill’s (1972, p. 361) assertion that: Free institutions are next to impossible in a country made up of different nationalities. … Among people without fellow-feeling, especially if they speak different languages, the united public opinion necessary to the working of representative government cannot exist.

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