European Integration and the Nationalities Question by John McGarry, Michael Keating

By John McGarry, Michael Keating

A hugely topical exam of the influence of ecu integration on relatives among states and minority countries. This new assortment brings jointly the best experts within the box, and covers a variety of instances, from Northern eire within the West, to Estonia and Latvia within the East, and Cyprus within the South-East. The members check how ecu integration has affected the preparedness of states to house minorities throughout a number of basic standards, together with: better rights security; autonomy; the availability of a voice for minorities within the ecu and foreign enviornment; and the promoting of cross-border cooperation between groups dissected through nation frontiers. the excellent chapters tension the significance of the nationality query, and the truth that, opposite to the hopes and ideology of many at the left and correct, it's not going to depart. starting with an introductory essay that summarizes the influence of ecu integration at the nationalities query, this obtainable booklet should be of sturdy curiosity to students and researchers of politics, nationalism, ethnic clash and eu experiences.  

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Politics thus comes in where constitutional theory falls down. In an open constitutional order, we can live with many of these anomalies, and it is often preferable not to resolve them. The other version sees sovereignty not as a claim to the monopoly of authority, but rather as a claim to an element of original authority (that is not derived from a higher authority), but which recognises the existence of other sources of original authority which necessarily and inherently limit each other. This ‘post-sovereignty’ argument is increasingly heard among Europeanists and national minorities, although often at a rhetorical level rather than as a concrete policy proposal (Keating 2001).

On the contrary, the debates followed a logic in which authority is divided in complex ways between European and state-level institutions. Yet the various visions of Europe on offer provide more, or less, space for the accommodation of nationalities in the interstices of the state system (Jáuregui 1997). An intergovernmental Europe based on the existing states clearly offers least scope for stateless nationalities. An integrated but centralised and uniform Europe would offer little more. So regions and nationalities have pressed for an integrated Europe but one that is decentralised and pluralist.

At the same time there have been failures, and European institutions have often tried to dodge the difficult issue of minority politics, or to reduce them to matters of democracy and individual rights. European diplomacy has committed mistakes, as in the case of Cyprus. Yet the issue is not going to go away and if the European project is to continue to expand and deepen, policy-makers will need to address the nationalities question in a more thorough and explicit manner. Part I Theoretical and comparative approaches 2 Europe, the state and the nation Michael Keating 1 Introduction A perennial feature of modern European politics is the problematic linkage of borders, political authority and national identity.

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