Containing Nationalism

Michael Hechter

in Containing Nationalism

Published in print August 2001 | ISBN: 9780199247516
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599460 | DOI:
 Containing Nationalism

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A variety of institutional mechanisms of containing nationalist violence is considered, including consociationalism, electoral design, and federation. Federation is a viable means of containing nationalist violence, but only as long as the minority nation remains dependent on the centre for key public goods. The centre's capacity to devolve authority credibly to minority nations hinges not on value considerations, but on its adoption of institutions guaranteeing procedural justice.

Keywords: consociationalism; electoral design; federation; justice; minority nations; multiculturalism; public goods; social order; Yugoslavia

Chapter.  8483 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Political Theory

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