Crafting State-Nations India and Other Multinational Democracies

ISBN-10: 0801897246
ISBN-13: 9780801897245
Edition: 2010
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Description: Political wisdom holds that the political boundaries of a state necessarily coincide with a nation's perceived cultural boundaries. Today, the sociocultural diversity of many polities renders this understanding obsolete. This volume provides the  More...

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List price: $33.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 1/20/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Political wisdom holds that the political boundaries of a state necessarily coincide with a nation's perceived cultural boundaries. Today, the sociocultural diversity of many polities renders this understanding obsolete. This volume provides the framework for the state-nation, a new paradigm that addresses the need within democratic nations to accommodate distinct ethnic and cultural groups within a country while maintaining national political coherence.First introduced briefly in 1996 by Alfred Stepan and Juan J. Linz, the state-nation is a country with significant multicultural -- even multinational -- components that engenders strong identification and loyalty from its citizens. Here, Indian political scholar Yogendra Yadav joins Stepan and Linz to outline and develop the concept further. The core of the book documents how state-nation policies have helped craft multiple but complementary identities in India in contrast to nation-state policies in Sri Lanka, which contributed to polarized and warring identities. The authors support their argument with the results of some of the largest and most original surveys ever designed and employed for comparative political research. They include a chapter discussing why the U.S. constitutional model, often seen as the preferred template for all the world's federations, would have been particularly inappropriate for crafting democracy in politically robust multinational countries such as India or Spain. In order to expand the repertoire of how even unitary states can respond to territorially concentrated minorities with some secessionist desires, the authors develop a revised theory of federacy and show how such a formula helped craft the recent peace agreement in Aceh, Indonesia.Empirically thorough and conceptually clear, Crafting State-Nations will have a substantial impact on the study of comparative political institutions and the conception and understanding of nationalism and democracy.

ROBERT W. CAMPBELL is Distinguished Professor of Economics at Indiana University. He is the author of The Socialist Economies in Transition: A Primer on Semi-Reformed Systems, as well as publications on energy policy, research and development, military affairs, and the telecommunications sector in the USSR.

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Preface
Comparative Theory and Political Practice: Do We Need a "State-Nation" Model as Well as a "Nation-State" Model?
India as a State-Nation: Shared Political Community amidst Deep Cultural Diversity
Four Indian Cases That Challenge State-Nation Theory?
Tamils in India: How State-Nation Policies Helped Construct Multiple but Complementary Identities
Tamils in Sri Lanka: How Nation-State Policies Helped Construct Polar and Conflictual Identities
Ukraine: State-Nation Policies in a Unitary State
Federacy: A Formula for Democratically Managing Multinational Societies in Unitary States
The U.S. Federal Model and Multinational Societies: Some Problems for Democratic Theory and Practice
Bibliography
Index

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