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Political Loyalty and the Nation-state
Political Loyalty and the Nation-State examines the gradual weakening of the state''s ability to order the political allegiances of its subjects. At the focal centre of the book lies the question of the extent to which it is possible to invest political principles, such as the rules and procedures of democracy, with a sentiment of loyalty and whether political loyalty can become merely a matter of choice and personal responsibility.
The authors collected here consider first the theoretical issues that arise from the challenge of a proliferation of identifications and demands for the public recognition of social differences and from the claim that stronger transnational solidarities are needed in a globalizing age. A second approach deals with problems of loyalty arising from the movement of substantial populations around the world, and from attempts to draw loyalty upwards to transnational bodies such as the European Union. Finally, selected case studies of conflicts of loyalty within the state are offered: in Italy with the Lega Nord, in Northern Ireland, and in Russia in its evolution from Soviet Union to Russian Federation.
The book develops a number of key themes concerning political loyalties. The authors show that loyalty can become decoupled from state, territory and nation; that loyalties can be multiple; and that today''s loyalties reflect advanced attitudes towards difference.
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Taylor & Francis
July 28, 2003
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