Cosmopolitanism, Nation‐States, and Minority Nationalism

Will Kymlicka

in Politics in the Vernacular

Published in print January 2001 | ISBN: 9780199240982
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599729 | DOI:
Cosmopolitanism, Nation‐States, and Minority Nationalism

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This chapter explores the claims regarding the importance of three separate levels of political community and political agency: sub-state minority nations, nation-states, and transnational institutions. It is argued that these levels are mutually reinforcing rather than mutually competing. Since nation-states can no longer protect the interests of their citizens on their own, establishing well-functioning transnational institutions can help states focus on the goals they can successfully pursue. Self-government of minorities should not be viewed as a threat but a precondition to long-term stability of states.

Keywords: cosmopolitanism; nation-state; minority nationalism; political community; political agency

Chapter.  9248 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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