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Plurinational Democracy: Stateless Nations in a Post-Sovereignty Era

Michael Keating


Nationality claims are often seen as zero‐sum politics involving incompatible conceptions of the polity. Nationalism and self‐determination are seen as equivalent to separatism. Rethinking the concepts of nationality, self‐determination, and sovereignty and placing them in a historic context allows us to treat them as more tractable and as a form of politics. This is done through a study of the UK, Spain, Belgium, and Canada. Traditions of shared sovereignty are rediscovered. Analysis of the demands of minority nationalisms shows that these do not always entail separate statehood. Public opini ... More

Keywords: constitution, legal pluralism, minority nationalism, nationalism, nationality claims, public opinion, self‐determination, shared sovereignty, sovereignty, statehood

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780199240760
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199240760.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Keating, author
Professor of Regional Studies, Department of Social and Political Studies, European University Institute
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