Crafting State-Nations: India and Other Multinational by Alfred Stepan, Juan J. Linz, Yogendra Yadav

By Alfred Stepan, Juan J. Linz, Yogendra Yadav

Political knowledge holds that the political barriers of a country unavoidably coincide with a nation's perceived cultural limitations. at the present time, the sociocultural range of many polities renders this knowing out of date. This quantity presents the framework for the state-nation, a brand new paradigm that addresses the necessity inside of democratic international locations to house certain ethnic and cultural teams inside a rustic whereas holding nationwide political coherence.

First brought in short in 1996 by way of Alfred Stepan and Juan J. Linz, the state-nation is a rustic with major multicultural—even multinational—components that engenders powerful identity and loyalty from its voters. right here, Indian political pupil Yogendra Yadav joins Stepan and Linz to stipulate and boost the concept that additional. The middle of the booklet files how state-nation rules have helped craft a number of yet complementary identities in India unlike geographical region rules in Sri Lanka, which contributed to polarized and warring identities. The authors help their argument with the result of a few of the greatest and most unusual surveys ever designed and hired for comparative political learn. They contain a bankruptcy discussing why the U.S. constitutional version, usually noticeable because the most well liked template for the entire world’s federations, could were quite beside the point for crafting democracy in politically strong multinational nations akin to India or Spain. To extend the repertoire of the way even unitary states can reply to territorially focused minorities with a few secessionist wishes, the authors enhance a revised thought of federacy and express how this sort of formulation helped craft the hot peace contract in Aceh, Indonesia.

Empirically thorough and conceptually transparent, Crafting State-Nations can have a considerable effect at the examine of comparative political associations and the notion and realizing of nationalism and democracy.

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A more detailed discussion of the necessary distinction between ‘‘coming together’’ federalism and ‘‘holding together’’ federalism can be found in Alfred Stepan, ‘‘Toward a New Comparative Politics of Federalism, (Multi)Nationalism, and Democracy: Beyond Rikerian Federalism,’’ in his Arguing Comparative Politics, pp. 315–361. 28. The classic statement of what we call ‘‘coming together’’ federations is found in William Riker, The Development of American Federalism (Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1987), pp.

For a somewhat different approach to group recognition, see Will Kymlicka’s discussion of ‘‘group specific rights’’ in his Multicultural Citizenship: A Liberal Theory of Minority Rights (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1995), esp. ch. 4. 18. See Alfred Stepan, ‘‘The World’s Religious Systems and Democracy: Crafting the ‘Twin Tolerations,’ ’’ in his Arguing Comparative Politics, pp. 213–254. Also see Alfred Stepan, ‘‘The Multiple Secularisms of Modern Democratic and Non-Democratic Regimes,’’ in Rethinking Secularism, ed.

A more detailed discussion of the necessary distinction between ‘‘coming together’’ federalism and ‘‘holding together’’ federalism can be found in Alfred Stepan, ‘‘Toward a New Comparative Politics of Federalism, (Multi)Nationalism, and Democracy: Beyond Rikerian Federalism,’’ in his Arguing Comparative Politics, pp. 315–361. 28. The classic statement of what we call ‘‘coming together’’ federations is found in William Riker, The Development of American Federalism (Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1987), pp.

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