Understanding the Nationalism—Social Policy Nexus

Daniel Béland and André Lecours

in Nationalism and Social Policy

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780199546848
Published online September 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780191720468 | DOI:
Understanding the Nationalism—Social Policy Nexus

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Chapter 1 considers the connection between nationalism and social policy in analytical terms. The first section discusses nationalism and social policy by making conceptual distinctions and presenting working definitions of key concepts used through the book. The second section formulates six theoretical claims about the relationship between sub-state nationalism and social policy. The third section provides analytical considerations for our empirical chapters as it stresses the role of several factors in conditioning the meshing of nationalism and social policy: political ideology, especially the left–right dichotomy; evolving territorial patterns of economic inequality; and the structuring role of political institutions. The fourth section offers a few remarks about the place of globalization in our comparative analysis. The chapter concludes with a brief outline of the methodological approach guiding our comparative analysis.

Keywords: comparative methods; globalization; ideology; institutions; nationalism; social policy; socio-economic conditions

Chapter.  12147 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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