<b>Should Nation‐building be Federalized?</b> <b>Should Nation‐building be Federalized?</b> Reconsidering the Role of Federalism in Normative Political Theory

Wayne Norman

in Negotiating Nationalism

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780198293354
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191604126 | DOI:
                   Should Nation‐building be Federalized?                                    Should Nation‐building be Federalized?                 Reconsidering the Role of Federalism in Normative Political Theory

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It is not possible for every community that considers itself to be a nation to have a state of its own. This is not even the preferred option for most national minorities themselves. Rather, most seek autonomy and freedom to carry out nation-building projects within a federal state. This chapter introduces the potential federalist solution to the problems of multinational states. It considers the history of political philosophizing about federalism, particularly whether the neglect and even rejection of federalism by liberal theorists throughout much of the 20th century was justified.

Keywords: federation; intra-state autonomy; self-determination; liberalism; democratic theory; consociationalism; Ronald Watts; A. V. Dicey; Franz Neumann

Chapter.  10210 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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