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date: 22 April 2021

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This chapter considers the problematic relationship between nation and state. First it reviews traditional conceptions of the nation state and then looks at more recent constructivist approaches, which problematize both elements in the term (Section 1). Then it reviews the issues (Section 2), arguing that culture is not the only one at stake. Nationalism can cover a variety of constitutional demands, not necessarily entailing statehood (Sections 3 and 4). Transnational integration provides new ways of approaching the nationalities question (Section 5). Finally, the chapter argues that there is not definitive fix for the nation, which in plurinational states will always remain contested (Section 6).

Keywords: plurinational state, nation, state, nationalism, nation state, economy, culture, plurinationality, politics, borders

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