The Elements of Right‐Sizing and Right‐Peopling the State

Brendan O'Leary

in Right-sizing the State

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780199244904
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600050 | DOI:
 The Elements of Right‐Sizing and Right‐Peopling the State

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Brandan O’Leary sets up a framework for a broad theory of right‐sizing the state. He addresses the distinctiveness of modern state borders, the centrality of nationality and ethnicity that makes public officials concerned with ‘right‐peopling’ their states, and territorial expansion, maintenance and contraction, which oblige public officials to consider ‘right‐sizing’. His theory builds on Ernest Gellner's theory of nationalism and Ian Lustick's theory of state expansion and contraction. The author also classifies different strategies of eliminating and managing ethnic differences and existing borders.

Keywords: ethnicity; Ernest Gellner; Ian Lustick; nationalism; right‐peopling; right‐sizing; state; territorial contraction; territorial expansion

Chapter.  24806 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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