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Nationalism and Democratisation

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Nationalism and Democratisation by Harris, Erika, 9780754618904
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  • ISBN: 9780754618904 | 0754618900
  • Cover: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 3/1/2002
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Exploring the relationship between nationalism and democracy generally and specifically in newly independent post-Communist democracies, this volume sheds new light on transition from communism to democracy by magnifying one major element of the transition: nation and its identity. It offers up-to-date empirical material on Slovakia and Slovenia in the light of contemporary discussion about democracy, multiculturalism and European integration.The implications from its findings are relevant for contemporary politics everywhere precisely because it appears that the global belief in democracy has so far failed to diminish the relevance of nationalism. The book provides a brand new theory of nationalism in transition and answers two pertinent questions: what is the role of nationalism in the democratization process, and under what conditions nationalism is less or more compatible with democracy. This is a significant contribution to the literature on nationalism and democratic transitions in the context of post-Communism, with implications for wider themes of identity, globalization and the future of the nation-state.

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