Nations and Sovereignty

Michael Keating

in Plurinational Democracy

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780199240760
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599644 | DOI:
 Nations and Sovereignty

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The concepts of nation and state must be separated conceptually. Nation should be understood as a normative concept based on a claim to self‐determination. This does not mean the creation of a state, but rather the right to negotiate one's status within the state and constitutional order. State sovereignty, always a difficult concept, is being transformed by changes in the state and transnational integration. This opens up the possibility of shared and divided sovereignty as a way of reconciling nationality claims.

Keywords: constitution; nation; nationality claims; self‐determination; shared sovereignty; state; state sovereignty; transnational integration

Chapter.  13897 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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