Nationalism and Social Policy: The Politics of Territorial Solidarity

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Despite the recent proliferation of literature on nationalism and on social policy, relatively little has been written to analyze the possible interaction between the two. Scholars interested in social citizenship have indirectly dealt with the interaction between national identity and social programs such as the British NHS, but they have seldom examined this connection in reference to nationalism. Specialists of nationalism rarely mention social policy, focusing instead on language, culture, ethnicity, and ...

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Overview

Despite the recent proliferation of literature on nationalism and on social policy, relatively little has been written to analyze the possible interaction between the two. Scholars interested in social citizenship have indirectly dealt with the interaction between national identity and social programs such as the British NHS, but they have seldom examined this connection in reference to nationalism. Specialists of nationalism rarely mention social policy, focusing instead on language, culture, ethnicity, and religion. The main objective of Nationalism and Social Policy is to explore the nature of the connection between nationalism and social policy from a comparative and historical perspective. At the theoretical level, this analysis will shed new light on a more general issue: the relationships between identity formation, territorial politics, and social policy.

Although this book refers to the experience of many different countries, the main cases are three multinational states, that is, states featuring strong nationalist movements: Canada (Quebec), the United Kingdom (Scotland), and Belgium (Flanders). Nationalism and Social Policy looks at the interplay between nationalism and social policy at both the state and sub-state levels through a detailed comparison between these three cases. In its concluding chapter, the book brings in cases of mono-national states (i.e. France, Germany, Sweden, and the United States) to provide broader comparative insight on the meshing of nationalism and social policy. The original theoretical framework for this research is built using insight from selected scholarship on nationalism and on the welfare state.

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"A thoughtful discussion of some of the key moments in the rise of the respective nationalist movements...an important and welcome contribution to the debate that is ongoing in this field. " —Journal of Social Policy
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199546855
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 10/10/2010
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Béland is a Professor of Public Policy and Sociology at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada. He has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University and The University of Chicago, a Fulbright Scholar at The George Washington University, and a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center. A political sociologist analyzing politics and public policy from a comparative and historical perspective, he has published four books and more than three dozen articles in journals.

André Lecours is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Concordia University. His primary research interests are nationalism, with an area specialization on Western Europe, and institutionalism theory. He is the author of Basque Nationalism and the editor of New Institutionalism: Theory and Analysis. Professor Lecours' articles on nationalism, regionalism, identity politics, paradiplomacy, new institutionalism and Spanish and Belgian politics have appeared in a number of journals.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Understanding the Nationalism-Social Policy Nexus
2. Canada: Nationalism, Federalism, and Social Policy
3. The United Kingdom: Nationalism, Devolution, and Social Policy
4. Belgium: Nationalism, State Reform, and the Federalisation Debate
Conclusion

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