- The Oxford Handbook of Transformations of the State
- List of Figures and Tables
- About the Contributors
- Introduction: Transformations of the State
- Changing Perspectives on the State
- Varieties of State Experience
- The Layered State: Pathways and Patterns of Modern Nation State Building
- The Emergence of the New World States
- State Formation and Transformation in Africa and Asia: The Third Phase of State Expansion
- State Theory: Four Analytical Traditions
- Limited Statehood: A Critical Perspective
- State Transformations in Comparative Perspective
- Internationalization and the State: Sovereignty as the External Side of Modern Statehood
- State Transformations among the Affluent Democracies
- Welfare State Transformation: Convergence and the Rise of the Supply-Side Model
- The State and Gender Equality: From Patriarchal to Women-Friendly State?
- From the Positive to the Regulatory State: A Transformation in the Machinery of Governance?
- Migration and the Porous Boundaries of Democratic States
- Plurinational States
- The Changing Architecture of the National Security State
- Transformations of the Democratic State
- The Peculiarities of Post-Communist State Development: Institutional Consolidation and Elite Competition
- The Transformation of the State in Eastern Europe
- Resources as Constraints? Natural Resource Wealth and the Possibility of Developmental States in the Former Soviet Union
- The Transformation of the Russian State
- China: Economic Liberalization, Adaptive Informal Institutions, and Party-State Resilience
- States in the Global South: Transformations, Trends, and Diversity
- Conclusion: States Transforming
- Name Index
- Index of Subjects
Abstract and Keywords
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).
Michael Keating is Professor of Scottish Politics in the School of Social Science at the University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK.
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