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Constitutional Law and National Pluralism$
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Stephen Tierney

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199298617

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199298617.001.0001

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Sub-state National Societies and Contemporary Challenges to the Nation-state

Sub-state National Societies and Contemporary Challenges to the Nation-state

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Constitutional Law and National Pluralism


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This chapter illustrates that sub-state national societies in states such as Canada, Spain, and the UK are fully engaged with the modern challenges which face any polity in the age of ‘late sovereignty’, where the power of the nation-state is declining but where it still retains considerable resilience. The chapter addresses the way in which contemporary sub-state national demands for better constitutional accommodation require to be located within the context of a global political and legal environment which is itself rapidly changing. It also considers the ways in which sub-state national societies challenge the normative underpinning of constitutional praxis in plurinational states, focusing on the controversy surrounding the question of ‘sovereignty’ in these states.

Keywords:   sub-state national societies, Canada, Spain, UK, sovereignty, constitutional praxis, plurinational states

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