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On Global OrderPower, Values, and the Constitution of International Society$
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Andrew Hurrell

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199233106

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199233106.001.0001

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Nationalism and the politics of identity

Nationalism and the politics of identity

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(p.121) 5 Nationalism and the politics of identity
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On Global Order
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Andrew Hurrell

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199233106.003.0005

This chapter examines the idea of political nationalism. It argues that the resilience of nationalism is one of the core planks of the pluralist view of international relations. Nationalism shows few signs of receding as a major feature in Russia, China, and India. Moreover, although disguised by its own ideology of civic patriotism, the United States has long been a strongly nationalist society and, in the face of the external challenge from terrorism and a domestic political shift to the right, this element has become still more prominent. Yet, whilst reinforcing the apparent naturalness of living in a world of states, the idea and the practice of national self-determination has proved a major source of conflict and opened up a series of unresolved dilemmas. The seriousness of these problems has pushed international society in a generally solidarist direction and led to a range of strategies of mediation: attempts to acknowledge both the political power and moral claims of national self determination but in ways that minimize its damage to international society. The most important of these involve attempts to restrict the application of the principle, to unpack the link between nationalism, state sovereignty, and self-determination, and to manage cooperatively the conflicts that inevitably arise.

Keywords:   political nationalism, self-determination, international order, United States, terrorism, mediation

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