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What Do the Nations Want? Nationalist Aspirations and Transnational Integration

Michael Keating

in Plurinational Democracy

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780199240760
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599644 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199240760.003.0003
 What Do the Nations Want? Nationalist Aspirations and Transnational Integration

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An analysis of the policies of minority nationalist parties in the UK, Spain, Canada, and Belgium shows that they are tending away from independence in favour of insertion of the nation into the emerging complex state and international systems. Public opinion does not make a sharp distinction between autonomy and independence.

Keywords: autonomy; Belgium; Canada; independence; minority nationalism; political parties; public opinion; Spain; state; UK

Chapter.  19523 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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