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Conclusion

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546848.003.0006
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The Conclusion returns to the six claims about the relationship between nationalism and social policy formulated in Chapter 1 before suggesting that the analysis of the nationalism–social policy nexus is relevant beyond our three empirical cases. After discussing the Spanish case, it stresses the role of the relationship between state nationalism and social policy in developed nation-states like Germany, Sweden, and the United States. It is argued that, with the exception of the United States, this relationship is a significant issue in such nation-states. This analysis leads to a brief discussion about the meaning of the present study for the debates on the future of the European Union. The final section assesses the general meaning of our study for the literatures on nationalism and on social policy.

Keywords: Belgium; Canada; European Union; Germany; Nationalism; social policy; Spain; Sweden; United Kingdom; United States

Chapter.  11233 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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