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Causes of Nationalism

Michael Hechter

in Containing Nationalism

Published in print August 2001 | ISBN: 9780199247516
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599460 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019924751X.003.0002
 Causes of Nationalism

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Short of the grant of outright sovereignty, nationalist violence can be contained only by processes that inhibit nation formation, reduce the demand for autonomy or sovereignty among national minorities, and raise the costs of collective action. This chapter presents theories of group solidarity (governing the process of nation formation) and endogenous state formation (responsible for the evolution of governance units). The chapter then discusses the modernity of nationalism, the social bases of nationalist movements, and the kinds of institutions most likely to contain these movements.

Keywords: group solidarity; imperial decline; indirect rule; nation formation; public goods; social identity; state‐formation

Chapter.  5674 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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