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Where Nation-States Come From: Institutional Change in the Age of Nationalism
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Where Nation-States Come From: Institutional Change in the Age of Nationalism

by Philip G. Roeder
 

ISBN-10: 0691134677

ISBN-13: 9780691134673

Pub. Date: 07/16/2007

Publisher: Princeton University Press

To date, the world can lay claim to little more than 190 sovereign independent entities recognized as nation-states, while by some estimates there may be up to eight hundred more nation-state projects underway and seven to eight thousand potential projects. Why do a few such endeavors come to fruition while most fail? Standard explanations have pointed to national

Overview

To date, the world can lay claim to little more than 190 sovereign independent entities recognized as nation-states, while by some estimates there may be up to eight hundred more nation-state projects underway and seven to eight thousand potential projects. Why do a few such endeavors come to fruition while most fail? Standard explanations have pointed to national awakenings, nationalist mobilizations, economic efficiency, military prowess, or intervention by the great powers. Where Nation-States Come From provides a compelling alternative account, one that incorporates an in-depth examination of the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, and their successor states.

Philip Roeder argues that almost all successful nation-state projects have been associated with a particular political institution prior to independence: the segment-state, a jurisdiction defined by both human and territorial boundaries. Independence represents an administrative upgrade of a segment-state. Before independence, segmental institutions shape politics on the periphery of an existing sovereign state. Leaders of segment-states are thus better positioned than other proponents of nation-state endeavors to forge locally hegemonic national identities. Before independence, segmental institutions also shape the politics between the periphery and center of existing states. Leaders of segment-states are hence also more able to challenge the status quo and to induce the leaders of the existing state to concede independence. Roeder clarifies the mechanisms that link such institutions to outcomes, and demonstrates that these relationships have prevailed around the world through most of the age of nationalism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691134673
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
07/16/2007
Pages:
430
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

LIST OF FIGURES vii
LIST OF TABLES ix
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xi

PART ONE: THE INSTITUTIONAL ORIGINS OF NATION-STATES

CHAPTER ONE: Who Gets a State of Their Own? 3
CHAPTER TWO: Varieties of Segmented States 42

PART TWO: PROCESSES: FORGING POLITICAL-IDENTITY HEGEMONIES

CHAPTER THREE: Hegemonies and Segment-State Machines 81
CHAPTER FOUR: Creating Identity Hegemony 108
CHAPTER FIVE: Conditions for Political-Identity Hegemony 136

PART THREE: PROCESSES: ESCALATION TO NATION-STATE CRISES

CHAPTER SIX: The Dynamics of Nation-State Crises 163
CHAPTER SEVEN: The Segmental Agenda and Escalation of Stakes 203
CHAPTER EIGHT: Escalation of Means in Nation-State Crises 229

PART FOUR: OUTCOMES: CRISES AND INDEPENDENCE

CHAPTER NINE: Which Nation-State Projects Create Crises? 259
CHAPTER TEN: Which Segment-States Become Nation-States? 290
CHAPTER ELEVEN: Nation-States and the International System 341

APPENDIX: Segment-States, 1901-2000 355
REFERENCES 365
INDEX 403

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