<i>A Kind of Nationalism</i>

Neil MacCormick

in Questioning Sovereignty

Published in print October 1999 | ISBN: 9780198268765
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191713118 | DOI:

Series: Law, State, and Practical Reason

A Kind of Nationalism

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The European Union has brought about a new form of legal and political order in Western Europe. Old conceptions of state sovereignty and of the absolutism of the nation-state are in the process of being transcended, and will perhaps be completely transcended if people realize that this is possible and in certain important ways desirable. The process does not abolish nations as politico-cultural communities. It may create space for the flourishing of nations and, in a significantly qualified sense, of nationalism. This will be a tamed nationalism, a nationalism compatible with the certain essential principles of political morality that deserve to be a permanent legacy of humanistic liberalism to this and successor generations. The key to the idea is that of subsidiarity, especially in respect of communal subsidiarity and rational legislative subsidiarity. This chapter also discusses liberal nationalism, abstract individualism, nationalism as some kind of political idea, and national self-determination in Scotland.

Keywords: nationalism; European Union; nations; subsidiarity; liberal nationalism; self-determination; Scotland

Chapter.  13614 words. 

Subjects: EU Law

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